I'm still ambivalent about using WeChat. After living 7 years in China without it, I just started a few days ago. Quickly added contacts and the number of messages increased dramatically to an uncomfortably obnoxious level. If I continue to use it I think I will have a love-hate relationship with the app.
On June 1 I flew from Kunming to Lijiang without green code. My wife used to get me a green code using her phone and entering my name, pp# etc. Discovered the day before the flight that she could no longer get the code for me, that method no longer worked. We decided to go to the airport and see what would happen. There, I had to sign a paper with my data and red thumb print it. My wife chastised me for overdoing the ink and blotting out the signature. Guess I don't get enough practice. After the formality I was allowed to board the plane as normal.
In travels around Lijiang and Shangri-La, wherever people had to take photo of QR code, I just say "foreigner, no WeChat". Often I get waved through, otherwise they take photo of my passport or write down info on paper pad. Most annoying is registering at guest houses in remote areas where they use a computer app to register you. This could take up to half an hour and I was even asked to input my own data directly using the keyboard. In the most remote area I visited, they didn't bother with passport at all.
Returned to Kunming yesterday, no green code needed. But requirements could change any second.
According to the website yowangdu.com:
"As of May 8, 2021, the Tibet Autonomous Region is open for foreigners currently living in China. (You will need proof of residence, a negative nucleic acid test, and a green code.) For now, Tibet remains closed to other foreign travelers."
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