Though started as a relatively latecomer compared with its arch rival Alipay, WeChat Pay has recorded exponential growth in China since its launch in 2013. Its remarkable domestic success mainly stems from the fact that it’s an extension of social networking and IM tool WeChat, which guarantees high-frequency use from users. Fully noting the power of social networking features, WeChat Pay looks to tap the overseas market with the same recipe amid an increasing robust demand for mobile payment from Chinese outbound tourists.

“As mobile payment is increasingly welcomed by mainland Chinese outbound tourists, WeChat Pay plans to constantly invest in its cross-border business, with the aim of duplicating the domestic WeChat lifestyle overseas,” Grace Yin, WeChat Pay Director for Overseas Operation today commented on the latest white paper issued by Nielsen, which found that over 90% Chinese tourists would use mobile payment overseas given the option.

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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.