In modern China, Wechat and Alipay are both popular used in daily life. Wechat is a social app quite widely used in China, sort of Chinese Facebook, yet it also has multiple functions like top-up phones, pay credit card bills, rent e-bikes and sending red envelops which are all frequently used. Alipay is another payer app especially in paying; you can almost pay anything with it, new TV set in fancy mall, or two potatoes at the street vegetable vender near your community.
Giving red envelopes (lucky money) is a tradition during Chinese New Year and sending red packets to your Chinese friends has become a popular way of wishing Happy New Year in China nowadays!
Don’t know how much to send? Numbers like 18, 28, 58, 68, 168 and 188 are all good numbers when you are sending red envelopes. As a foreigner in China, how much exactly to put in the red packet is not restrictively ruled. It depends on how close they are to you, normally it varies from 20- 200. Learn about Chinese gift ideas and gift giving etiquettes.
Go to your profile and click “Wallet”. If you can’t find the Wallet, make sure you are using the latest version of Wechat.
Both debit card and credit card (as long as they are Unionpay cards) are accepted by Wechat, just debit cards are more widely accepted in actual paying process.
Not all banks support passport as an ID. Banks support passports as an ID are listed as below:
The cellphone number you just entered in has to be a currently used one as you will receive a text message with a code which you shall enter it in the dedicated cell.
You could open a special account for linking to Wechat Wallet or Alipay as abusive transactions sometimes have been reported. With your Wecat is linked to your bank card, you can easily top-up wallet or withraw money from it. The transactions normally will cost less than 2 hours according to my experience.
Click the “+” button at the lower right corner.
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When your friend receives your red packet message it should be like as it shows in the picture below. After they click “open ”, the money will transfer from your Wechat wallet to his or hers within a click.
No transaction fee will be charged by Wechat if your annual transaction amount via Wechat is less than 1000 CNY.
Each red envelope via Wechat shall be less than 200 CNY. Any amount beyond this should go for transfer function.
The detailed steps are similar to that in Wechat as we have listed above.