You were able to link your Mastercard? You lucky thing! I have no idea why my Mastercard wasn't allowed! Maybe it's something to do with the region where WeChat app was downloaded. I've tried a few tricks, such as changing region, language and even having someone send me a 0.10Y hongbao- all to no avail.
If I was permitted to open a Chinese bank account, then believe me, I would've done it!
I just found this transfer service
which allows you to transfer funds using international
credit cards to WeChat Wallet & AliPay.
I have no idea if it will work if you don't have the wallet feature already set up, though... not sure I want to risk it....
Oh, if only! I just did a quick search, found this blog post (blog.passkit.com/how-to-add-your-credit-card-to-wechat-wallet/ ) which gave me some hope.
Went to set it up: entered my credit card number, clicked next and scrolled all the way down to the bottom where you find the option MASTERCARD or VISA and card type as credit card
and joyfully clicked- only to be greeted with a popup message stating "Card cannot be used for Quick Pay".
So... I guess not :( Please let me know if you have better luck or a work around this. I hate having to carry around cash :(
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