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Alipay officially launched in Taiwan, benefiting Chinese travelers

  234, one of China's largest electronic payment service providers, has reached Taiwan, enabling Chinese visitors to make purchases with their mobile devices while they travel here.

In a Taipei press conference Wednesday, Alipay's operator, Ant Financial Services Group, announced that it has formally launched the Alipay mobile payment service in Taiwan.

Over 3,500 stores and companies around Taiwan, including Hankyu and Sogo department stores, FamilyMart and Hi-Life convenience store chains, Taipei Ningxia Night Market, and Kaohsiung Liouhe Night Market, have introduced Alipay's "payment through barcode scan" system, Ant Financial said.

Users can make their payments at partner stores by scanning the QR barcode in the vendor's Alipay account with their mobile phones or tablets via the Alipay app.

Gu Rui-xiang, who is responsible for Ant Financial's Taiwan market operations, said Taiwan is one of Chinese travelers' favorite overseas tourist destinations.

With the rapid rise in Chinese visitors, Taiwan should not underestimate their huge consumption potential.

He suggested Taiwanese businesses create a shopping environment that appeals to the needs and interests of Chinese visitors in order to attract more of them. Alipay started its overseas services for Chinese travelers in late 2014. As of November this year, the number of the businesses cooperating with the online payment service in foreign countries and areas has surpassed 50,000.

According to Ant Financial, some 400 million Alipay users have access to the convenient payment service in more than 20 countries and areas, including Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and some countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. (By Jeffery Wu and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-17 15:16 GMT+08:00