I appreciate the efforts that the Chinese government is making for the tourists. After all, imagine tourists who want to pay by cash but various establishments cannot provide change due to the lack of local residents paying by cash. For example, I would not be surprised if food vendors at China International Import Expo ran out of cash and could not provide change for exhibitors or attendees. So it seems the government gave a gentle nudge to Alipay to roll out this service. They also launched the online police residence registrations for foreigners just a few days before the CIIE started.
Hopefully, over time, they also become more considerate towards expats in China and allow them to pay using their Alipay accounts when they are traveling abroad. Currently, payments overseas is only available to Chinese people only. 🙁
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FINALLY some good news for many expats stranded outside of China If you have a valid residence permit for work, personal matter(Q) or reunion(S) then you can return to China starting from Monday September 28 00:00am without having to apply for an extra entry visa / PU invitation letter. However, if your residence permit expired
Online self-service residence registration with the police now live!! We are all familiar with the law that mandates all foreigners to register their residence within 24hours of arrival at a police station. This causes headaches for both expats and foreign tourists that may result in penalties. (If you stay in hotels, then you’re fine. The
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