Meituan’s ambition to reignite the ride-hailing war is getting serious. The Chinese O2O and e-commerce giant is rumored to launch on-demand car service in seven cities on 16 March, Chinese media TechWeb is reporting (in Chinese). Major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen are included in the list.

After launching ride-hailing service in Nanjing last year, the company announced plans to enter more cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Shortly after its announcement, however, the company was beset with setbacks for its legal status in running ride-hailing services in these cities, where separate permits from different local municipalities are needed.

Meituan Dache announced that it would roll out in Beijing on January 12, but order from Beijing authorities has forced the firm to postpone its launch. The company announced in January that it has obtained local permission in Nanjing and Shanghai.

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Emma Lee

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.