How to use AliPay mobile payments for longer visits

It is still possible to get by with cash from ATMs, but for longer visits it can be a good idea to set up AliPay (or WeChat).

Getting started with Alipay involves creating an account and setting up your payment methods. Here is a step-by-step guide:

### Setting Up Alipay:

1. **Download the Alipay App:**
- Go to your device's app store (Google Play Store for Android or Apple App Store for iOS).
- Search for "Alipay" and download the official app developed by Ant Group.

2. **Install and Open the App:**
- Install the Alipay app on your device.
- Open the app once the installation is complete.

3. **Language Selection:**
- Choose your preferred language for the app.

4. **Create an Account:**
- Tap on "Sign Up" or "Register."
- Choose your country or region and enter your mobile phone number.
- Create a strong password for your Alipay account.

5. **Verify Your Identity:**
- Alipay may require you to verify your identity. This could involve receiving a verification code via SMS.

6. **Add a Payment Method:**
- Link your bank card or credit card to your Alipay account.
- Go to "Me" (bottom right corner) > "Wallet" > "Add Card."

7. **Add Funds to Your Alipay Account:**
- You may need to add funds to your Alipay account. You can link your bank account for direct transfers or use a linked card for payments.

8. **Set Up Security Features:**
- Enable security features such as fingerprint or facial recognition to enhance account security.
- Set a payment password for additional security.

### Using Alipay:

1. **Making Payments:**
- To make a payment, tap on "Scan" and scan the QR code of the recipient.
- Enter the amount and add a note if necessary.
- Confirm the payment with your password or biometric authentication.

2. **Receiving Payments:**
- To receive money, the payer can scan your Alipay QR code.
- Confirm the payment on your Alipay app.

3. **Exploring Additional Features:**
- Alipay offers various features beyond payments, such as bill payments, transportation services, and investments. Explore the app to discover these options.

4. **Managing Your Account:**
- Regularly check your transaction history and account settings.
- Customize your profile and settings under the "Me" section.

5. **Security Tips:**
- Be cautious of phishing attempts. Always use the official app and avoid clicking on suspicious links.
- Regularly update your password and enable two-factor authentication for added security.

Remember that Alipay's features and interface may evolve, so it's a good idea to check for updates within the app or refer to Alipay's official website for the latest information.

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