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Alipay+ promotes QR code connectivity in Chinese mainland

By Leandra Monteiro

January 09, 2023

  • Alipay
  • AlipayHK
  • China
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Alipay+ Alipay+, a provider of global cross-border digital payment and marketing solutions, is striving to provide cash-free and mobile-friendly travel experiences for Asian tourists in the Chinese mainland, as it seeks to partner with more merchants and enable greater QR code connectivity.

Starting from January 8, AlipayHK users can pay for metro rides in Shenzhen using their local app to enhance a seamless travel experience for Hong Kong visitors in the mainland. The service is enabled through joint efforts between Alipay+ and the city’s subway operator, following a similar payment system integration with bus operators in major cities across Guangdong province.

Venetia Lee, General Manager of Ant Group Greater China International Business, said, “As a pioneer in the field of digital life, we hope to play a bigger role in building digital infrastructure to enhance connectivity in the Greater Bay Area, and contribute to the better development of the region.”

The expanded acceptance of AlipayHK comes as China begins to optimise regulations on travel between mainland and Hong Kong, lifting quarantine requirements that were in place for almost three years.

“As the demand for travels between mainland and Hong Kong remains strong and cross-bound activities begin to normalize, we expect to witness the wide adoption of AlipayHK on the Chinese mainland, where Alipay+ solutions have already been adopted by millions of merchants that are ready for the return of international travelers,” said Lee.

Powered by Alipay+ solutions, AlipayHK, one of the most popular e-wallets in Hong Kong, is now widely accepted in the mainland by retailers, convenient stores, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, bubble tea shops, hotels and other tourist spots in the mainland, where users can scan the same local merchant’s QR code for payment or present their in-app QR code to be scanned for payment.

Alipay+ offers unified global mobile payment and marketing solutions that connect merchants with multiple e-wallets and payment methods. Consumers can conveniently use their preferred local payment methods while transacting seamlessly in a different market and be able to enjoy marketing offers by the merchants through Alipay+.

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