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I'm trying to pay a calligrapher I've hired... but I think I'm running up against Trump's ban of Chinese payment apps from a few months ago?


I've successfully set up an Alipay account with my US phone number, but I am unable to use my Visa check or debit cards to transfer money (转账) to his account. I tried using the Tour Pass mentioned here, but it didn't allow me to use that for the 转账 transaction either. I tried using Western Union, but that gave me a cryptic "compliance catch-all" error...


If anybody has managed to do this recently I'd appreciate hearing how you did it. The other payment option I have is his ICBC bank account.

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No experience myself re. this - would you be able to use something like wise.com (formerly transferwise) instead?


From their FAQ:

Who can I send CNY to?

You can send CNY to private individuals who have a UnionPay bank card or an Alipay ID. They must have opened their bank account with a Chinese national ID card — we can’t send CNY to accounts opened with a passport, driver’s licence or military document.



Again, haven't tried this myself, but could be an option. Good luck!

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