Chinese tourists can now hail and pay for Uber’s ride-sharing service with the yuan in any city where Uber’s operating. Alipay is the world’s largest third-party digital payments platform and a service used by the vast majority of Chinese consumers — 450 million active users and counting — for doing everything from maintaining their bank accounts to settling utilities and credit card bills.
The new partnership brings Alipay within Uber’s own app so that users can choose to pay for a ride in their own currency.
What’s more, Uber will also be integrated into Alipay so that potentially anyone with an Alipay account can now book a ride using their existing app.
“Chinese travelers know and love how easy it is to request and pay for Uber rides at home; now we’re excited to bring this experience to them wherever they are in the world, right from the Alipay app. Working with Alipay enables us to bring this top-notch experience to the ever-growing number of Chinese travelers who choose to use Uber internationally,” said Eric Alexander, Head of Business, Uber Asia Pacific.
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