Symbolic Tower in Shanghai and Tai Chi

Uber, the taxi app that is expanding in Asia, is going to throw a party this Thursday to celebrate the initial test launch in Shanghai.

As it’s giving away special promo codes for rides in Shanghai, it’s safe to say they have reached deals with some local taxi companies or drivers.

The timing is interesting that several city-level governments have stepped into the market. Beijing requires all taxi apps to be integrated into its official one and forbids them from charging extra fees. Shenzhen asked all the cab drivers to remove taxi apps from their phones in the past May. Shanghai once said the auction model was not allowed.

Uber has launched in three Asian cities, Singapore, Seoul and Taipei.

image credit : Uber Asia

Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com

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