Online Cross-Border Expansion into China

Through our local team of experts in China, Worldline has developed an in-depth understanding of China’s unique e-commerce and payments landscape. With a full suite of online payment solutions tailored to the preferences of Chinese consumers, we are better placed than ever to support e-commerce players successfully in this dynamic market.

Payment methods in China


Alibaba is the largest e-commerce ecosystem in China.

Alipay is their own version of an e-wallet and is currently one of the most prominent payment methods for Chinese consumers to pay in real-time on desktop or mobile.


China’s most popular messaging app is also a service and social media hub.

The WeChat platform provides a fully integrated experience, including gaming, shopping, and payments.
Versatile coverage has allowed WeChat Pay to become engrained in the daily lives of one billion Chinese consumers. WeChat Pay works like an e-wallet on mobile phones and can even be used for offline point-of-sale payments, such as taxis, stores, and street vendors.


Now present in 170 countries, UnionPay is the largest card payment organisation in the world.

Worldline supports both UnionPay International and China UnionPay, the preferred payment method of choice for local payments through UnionPay.
UnionPay plays a vital role as it aggregates multiple payment methods, such as card payments and online/mobile banking. In fact, some UnionPay credit cards are also affiliated with other major international card schemes


Processing tuition payments for Chinese students studying abroad has its unique challenges.

So we’ve teamed up with GeoSwift — an expert in cross-border payments with China — to offer a specialised service for educational institutions.
Our partnership allows us to collect funds in China in CNY, handle all the required reporting and paperwork, and repatriate them for you. It means you receive payment in your local currency into your local bank account at a competitive exchange rate.

Digital Landscape

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