After WeChat sees some success with its mini programs, its major rival Alipay is in no place to fall behind. Alipay, run by Alibaba’s spin-off Ant Financial, announced on Wednesday its own mini programs for regular users to beta test after opening up to developers a month ago.

Simply by searching “小程序” in Alipay, users are able to get to the page where a slew of built-in instant apps show up. Here’s what the mini programs look like in Alipay.

Both ofo, China’s leading bike-rental company, and UrWork, China’s co-working space unicorn, have developed their own Alipay mini programs.

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