How to Use Alipay with International Bank Cards

by | Aug 23, 2023

Use Alipay with Int Card | That's Mandarin Chinese School

Planning a trip to China? Considering what you’ll need for your trip? There’s one thing to plan ahead: online payments! There’s good news! We’ve prepared an easy guide to help you to use Alipay with international cards.

Shopping | That's Mandarin

How to Use Alipay with Your International Bank Cards 

01. Money Vocab

Before we dive into the instructions, let’s take a look at essential money-related vocabulary that you might find useful during your time in China.

Cash Money vocab | That's Mandarin


RMB Money vocab | That's Mandarin
元 / 人民币
yuán / Rénmínbì
Chinese yuan / RMB

In Chinese, the measure word for money and currency units is 块 (kuài). For example, you can say:

他付了600块 (钱)。
Tā fù le liùbǎi kuài (qián).
She paid 600 yuan.

Pay Money vocab | That's Mandarin
to pay/make a payment

In a restaurant in China, if you want to ask for a bill, you can call the waiter/waitress and say 买单 (mǎidān). It’s a common phrase used to indicate that you’re ready to pay and would like to get the bill.

Bill Money vocab | That's Mandarin
to pay the bill

Receipt Money vocab | That's Mandarin
password; PIN

02. Setting Up Alipay

Alipay is an online payment platform that offers a wide range of financial services including transactions, money transfers, and bill payments. Now that you know quite a few money-related words, you’re ready to get your own Alipay account. Let’s start:

Step 01. Download & Sign Up

First, download the app. It’s available both for iOS and Android.

Alipay | That's Mandarin

xiàzài Zhīfùbǎo
to download Alipay

01. Sign Up

Use your e-mail or international phone number to sign up.

zhùcè zhànghào
to sign up

02. Verify Your Account

After you chose preferable sign up option, you will receive a verification code.

03. Set a Password

Finally, set a password to protect your account.

password; PIN

Alipay Sign up | That's Mandarin

❕You’re almost done! You already have Alipay account —  now there are just a few steps left to make your first payment in China.

Step 02. Add Your International Bank Card

Next step is linking your bank account and Alipay.
Bank card Alipay | That's Mandarin
bank card

01. Once you’ve logged in, find the Bank Cards option in the menu.

02. Click “Add Card”.

03. Follow the instructions to add your international card.

Bank account | That's Mandarin


Alipay now accepts the following international payment systems:
– Master Card
– Diners Club
– Discover

🎉 Congrats, all set! Alipay not only makes your payments easier, but also integrates frequently used travel services, including hotel booking, air ticket booking, car-hailing, public transport and exchange rate checking.

How To Use Alipay

To make your first payment, choose one of the following options:

How to Use Alipay | That's Mandarin Chinese School

01. Scan

By selecting this option, you will need to scan the merchant’s QR-code.

Scan Alipay | That's Mandarin
sǎo yi sǎo
to scan (the QR-code)

02. Pay / Collect

Using this option, you will need to present your QR-code to the merchant.

Scan Alipay | That's Mandarin

收钱 / 付钱
shōu qián / fù qián
to collect money / to pay money

Good Luck!

We hope that this guide will help you to pay for the things in easy and convenient way!

Want to prepare yourself for your upcoming trip to China? Check a useful article about useful article about Chinese platforms that make life in China easier.

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