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China - never a dull moment!

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Wallet on WeChat with foreign CC very VERY limited value.
So you can't use at vending machines or to pay merchants using QR then?

From my last visit to Shanghai pretty much all vending machines and airport lockers were WeChat/Alipay only, as well as the majority of Shanghai PTC top-up machines

Assume you've got a China bank account @jch?
 

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That's correct I lived there for six or so years, back in Australia now so not as important but will prob head back once a year. Think I had a go at the CC option and it didn't work either. Probably the easiest is to find a local to send you how much you need for the trip and give them cash so you have a balance in the account.
 

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I tried that last time I was there but wouldnt let me receive a transfer unless I had a China account to verify.
 

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I'm now getting asked to upload a copy of my passport and recent photo in order to access the funds in my wallet. Luckily only 300 RMB left on there at the moment....
I received this message a couple of months back, as did a few friends. Initially thought it was a scam but my account was reactivated instantly when ID was entered and uploaded.
 

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That's correct I lived there for six or so years, back in Australia now so not as important but will prob head back once a year. Think I had a go at the CC option and it didn't work either. Probably the easiest is to find a local to send you how much you need for the trip and give them cash so you have a balance in the account.
My experience was even this would not work until you had a Chinese bank account to verify yourself with. Wechat has a ‘relative card’ option which we thought would be good for visitors, but even this required a Chinese account to verify the user
 

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My experience was even this would not work until you had a Chinese bank account to verify yourself with. Wechat has a ‘relative card’ option which we thought would be good for visitors, but even this required a Chinese account to verify the user
As verification now appears to be taking place within the app, there may be a loosening of the bank account requirement in the future (maybe)?
 

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As verification now appears to be taking place within the app, there may be a loosening of the bank account requirement in the future (maybe)?
Not according to expats living in China - in fact security / verifications rqts in so many areas becoming more onerous day by day.
 

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As verification now appears to be taking place within the app, there may be a loosening of the bank account requirement in the future (maybe)?
To be clear, this wasn’t part of the setup process, when I received the message I had been living in China as an expat and using Wechat Pay for around 10 months. This was just a (seemingly) random verification of my identity.
 

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To be clear, this wasn’t part of the setup process, when I received the message I had been living in China as an expat and using Wechat Pay for around 10 months. This was just a (seemingly) random verification of my identity.
Yep same situation as me, it's being reported in the local Expat press.
 

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