The Great Hongbao Race

Internet companies are competing to gamify the new year “lucky money” tradition


Viral Week Ep. 182

Viral Week is our weekly round-up of the weekend’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. It’s the perfect start to the week.


Taking a chance on Swedes

Does the motherland know? Despite diplomatic spat, more Chinese travelers are choosing Sweden


Tech Thursday Episode 47

AI submarine, Facebook subsidiary vanished, WeChat records in court, Alipay tracks vaccines, and sewage gets tested for drugs


The Price of Mobile Wallets

An inability to recall payments leaves some WeChat and Alipay users high and dry


Everything but the Game

Despite not actually playing in the 2018 World Cup, China has found plenty of ways to participate—and make money


Credit Crunch

China’s “cashless society” will be developed from existing credit schemes—but how reliable are they?


Open Sesame

From shopping online to renting bikes, Chinese citizens are contributing to the fabric of their own supervision


Tech Thursday Episode 26

Beijing’s self-driving car zone, Mobike’s shared cars, news app hiring Party editors, and Alipay’s year in numbers


Fears of data dystopia as China heads for cashless society

As another annual”Cashless Day” concludes, not everyone is enthused with mobile payment

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