Alipay, the payment arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has entered into partnership with Swiss tax-refund company Global Blue to launch a service that will allow Chinese tourists to receive tax refunds directly into their Alipay accounts when they are shopping in Europe.

According to the company, the service will be available from mid-July at 5,000 stores in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea. More countries are expected to roll out the service in the coming month, the company added.

[Update] (In addition to the countries mentioned above, the company planned to roll out this service in Switzerland, Netherlands and Spain in the near future. The users can receive the applied refunds in Chinese yuan in their Alipay accounts after ten working days at the earliest.)

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.