By Ge Mengna, Yang Mingzhuo
In China, if you have no money in your pocket, you don’t need to worry. But without phone, you may fall into trouble. The QR code has penetrated every aspect of people’s lives, covering the food, clothing, houses, or even people’s wedding.
QR or Quick Response Codes were initially developed for the automotive industry in Japan; however, they quickly spread in China due to their fast readability. They are most commonly used in China to transfer payment, interact with new friends and follow an official page or other content. Alipay, digital payment service is the largest third party in China. Secondly is WeChat pay. These e-wallet services are linked to user’s bank account. Consumers just need to scan the QR code to make instant payments.
QR code payment has become the primary choice for the public’s daily consumption. You may see waiters with a QR code sign that says “Please scan me” (Chinese: “求打赏”) dangling from a cord around their necks in the restaurant. If you are satisfied with their service, you can scan it and give a tip.
One restaurant manager says that the idea was initially created to fully mobilizetheir staffs. The income of waiters can be increased by 300 to 400 RMB per month through the new incentive system.
In China, some people often go to the temple to worship Buddha. After burning incense and praying, they tend to donate money. Usually they have to prepare small money, but now they can scan the WeChat or Alipay code. The majority of people can benefit from the convenience of this method of payment.
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