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Lunar New Year sparked surge in mobile payments among Chinese travellers

February 12, 2019 / Dan O'Shea

Alipay revealed that overseas consumption per capita by Chinese travelers from smaller cities during this month’s Lunar New Year celebrations grew faster than those traveling from China’s largest cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, according to an Alipay press release.The number of users traveling overseas who were born between 1960 and 1969 rose 230% compared to the one-week New Year festivity period last year, while their total consumption jumped 250% year-over-year, the press release stated.The number of traveling Alipay users born between 1970 and 1979 also increased sharply, by about 190% compared to the holiday week in 2018, while their total consumption rose 232% year over year.