Miscellaneous impressions of walking around Beijing, which evolves every month
I’ve been here two months and it’s evolving again.
Again, no need for wallets or credit cards. (Or rather, you can’t use them.) Alipay or WeChatPay is all you need.
…No cash means no need for banks. Credit cards can no longer be used unless they are tied to a Chinese bank.
Alipay and WeChat function very differently from the Japanese cashless system. The money you deposit can be used for savings. And the interest is half as high. There is no point in leaving money in the bank, and all utility bills and savings are done with these two.
In addition, facial recognition is beginning to become more widespread, so smartphones will no longer be necessary.
QR is getting old. There are now methods of tagging 300,000 locations on the body for authentication.
…Starbucks is fading fast and luckin coffee is surfacing. Bored of waiting in line at Starbucks. I order everything on my phone and just go to the store to pick up my coffee. More than 2,000 stores have already spread. Stores are naturally small, so it’s more efficient.
Chinese food and beverage is more affable than Japanese. This is because they have learned that the more affable they are, the more profitable they are.
Men who are fair-skinned and round are popular because they look rich. On the other hand, exile-like men are unattractive because they look skinny and poor.
That is all.
HIGO CEO Yiyong Xu has an IT background and is developing apparel using data science. The very arty office is very modern.
Stylish hotel designed by Kengo Kuma – The Opposite House
Members of Speedy China. Everyone is cheerful.
WeChatPay offers 2.54% interest when you make a deposit in the MiniFund section of the WeChatPay menu. This means that both WeChat and Alipay (Alibaba Payments) are aiming to be a bank, not just a cashless service.
A group of art created by an art-loving entrepreneur.
Hotel Éclat Beijing by art lover owner who loves Dali’s sculpture works.
Hotel Eclat Beijing is located in a mall filled with Dali’s sculptures. There’s a lot of contemporary art here, too!
Dazu Plaza Shopping Center, a suburban shopping mall
When you place an item in your cart, the price is calculated, and when you leave the store, payment is completed without the need for a smartphone, thanks to facial recognition. Wow!
The most popular cream cheese tea in China, with a seven-hour waiting list.
A trendy drink that is both a cheesecake and a fruit juice drink.
Opera viewing at the China National Grand Theatre. 2,000 seats are full.
Naoki Sakai, chairman of Speedy Inc. and a well-known conceptor, has published many translated books, and his true identity was revealed at the bookstore, where he was besieged with autographs.
What a Tesla Gullwing came to us with DiDi’s UBER dispatch in China. What a bubble Beijing is.
Luckin Coffee, listed on NASDAQ, allows customers to make reservations using their smartphones and pick up their coffee at the store. This new model eliminates the waiting time at Starbucks. With over 2,000 stores already in operation, even Starbucks will have to imitate this new model.
The above observation of Beijing has become indispensable. It is the most advanced in the world.