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According to official sources, now as a foreigner, you have a number of payment options at your fingertips while in China, ranging from mobile payments to bank cards and cash. Please follow this official guide from People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the country’s central bank, to find out more.

Available in both English and Chinese, the guide introduces a variety of payment methods accessible to foreigners in China — ranging from bank cards and mobile payment to cash and e-CNY — and provides instructions on how to use them through texts and illustrative graphics.The guide highlights that no IDs are required for transactions under a certain amount when foreign visitors use mobile payment services such as Alipay, Weixin Pay and UnionPay, and some international e-wallets are accepted by merchants in China.