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Forums > Living in Kunming > Top up alipay or wechat pay using visa card

@Bubbler You should try Alipay, the new service they announced seems to be a real workaround that already works.

from rapidtravelchai.boardingarea.com/alipay-tour-pass/
"- Exchange rate is close to interbank rate (a 500 RMB load today shows as US$71.15, XE’s rate list $71.42)
- No transaction fee to December 31, 2019, BUT the terms say the fee going forward will be a steep 5%"

from www.scmp.com/[...]
"Tour Pass doesn’t give foreign users access to all of Alipay’s functions. Alipay told us that Tour Pass users can’t transfer their Tour Pass money to other Alipay users. So splitting a dinner bill with friends could still be a hassle."

WeChat doesn't seem to work yet:
from www.travelchinacheaper.com/foreign-credit-card-wechat-pay
"So what’s to say it’s going to work this time? Well, for one, both MasterCard and Visa have made announcements about the upcoming partnership, which is a good sign."


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The Great Apes concert in Laba will more likely start around ten-ish... wanna check out Kollective Kunming in the Moondog first ;-)

I think the "Solo jazz and soul concert at TCG Nordica" will be great! looking forward!

Hey Beizhan,
Thanks for your reply. It's an interesting topic, isn't it? I think so too, especially when living in Yunnan.

It's not my company. I'm just mentioning it because I do think there are better tourisms than others. And people might not know about it...

I did some advertisement for the forum post you wrote earlier as well. Hope you can find more people to debate these world dilemmas! Let me advertise yet another company (still not mine) and their view on sustainability vs profitability: www.wildchina.com/blog/?p=174

If you ask me, I think nobody should travel... or live for that matter, it's just too bad for the environnement...
Seriously though, I like Maggie's positive note!



Looks like it's moving again to another location: passed by there yesterday and people were selling stuff in the streets but not in the market anymore. Some security guy told me it was moving to some place near the train station...


these are for rent... great bikes by the way, got one for a 4-day trip and it was perfect!


happy I found this place. It should be on the listing map, I would have found it sooner!

Not only a vegetarian restaurant, it's organic food as well. And they got a shop for organic products as well.

there's a website : <a href="http://www.junous.com.cn/sino/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.junous.com.cn/sino/</a>