Meituan Dianping was originally two companies—Meituan and Dianping—competing in the same lifestyle app space. However, Meituan was primarily focused on group-buying and food delivery, while Dianping emphasized restaurant reviews.

In 2015, a merger ended the bitter rivalry between the two and marked the inception of Meituan Dianping, a super-app that has expanded to encompass a wide range of lifestyle and entertainment categories.

Although the company’s forays into ride-hailing and bike-rental services have been expensive gambits that haven’t yet paid off, it has seen success in other efforts, particularly its expansion into the online travel sector and the movie ticketing space.

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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.

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