Forget your wallet and bank cards, as long as you have your cell phone in your hand, you can go out and enjoy yourself. Settling a payment, renting a bike, and taking a cab are all things that can be done by scanning QR codes with your phone.
According to Alipay, there are 520 million Alipay users in China and mobile payments account for 82% of all their Alipay payments. Mobile payments in Jiangsu province amounted to 83% in 2017 with Nanjing being the number one Jiangsu city using the mobile pay function of Alipay with 89%. Suzhou’s mobile pay rate was 77%, which is a big leap from 2016’s 64%.
By the end of 2017, there were 5.9 million users in Suzhou participating in the ‘Ant Forest’, an innovative scheme aimed at protecting the environment by encouraging low carbon emission activities. The scheme helped to plant scores of trees, an activity which ranked the highest of its kind in Jiangsu province, and was eighth nationwide. (Suzhou Daily)