Uber, Ali­pay al­low tourists to pay fares in yuan

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese tourists will be able to pay for Uber rides in Chi­nese yuan through Alibaba’s mo­bile pay­ment ser­vices when trav­el­ling out­side Chi­nese main­land.

Uber and Ali­pay teamed up ear­lier this year to of­fer yuan pay­ment op­tions for Uber rides in Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan. The op­tion has been ex­panded to more than 400 cities in 68 coun­tries and re­gions in which Uber op­er­ates.

China has emerged as the world’s big­gest source of out­bound trav­el­ers. Uber wants to tap China’s travel boom by en­cour­ag­ing Chi­nese tourists to book rides us­ing its ser­vice in for­eign coun­tries.

Pre­vi­ously, Chi­nese rid­ers had to pay Uber fares in US dol­lars.

Uber ri­val Didi said last month that it has al­lowed Chi­nese tourists us­ing its mo­bile app to ac­cess ride-hail­ing ser­vices through its part­ner Lyft in the United States, with bills payable through mo­bile pay­ment ser­vices from China’s Alibaba and Ten­cent.

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