A surprising number of countries now accept WeChat Pay or Alipay
How Chinese tourists are taking their mobile payment methods global
With so much of the domestic market taken by the two giants (backed by Alibaba and Tencent), now they’re looking to expand abroad -- and are getting help from the increasing number of Chinese tourists.
(Abacus is a unit of the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.)
On November 27, WeChat Pay announced that they will partner with LINE Pay to make it easier for Chinese tourists when travelling to Japan.
That speaks to another reason for their popularity. Besides having enormous backing, another reason Alipay and WeChat Pay are so successful is that they can do much more than just pay for shopping. Many other types of monetary transaction is now possible with the apps.