Time Out Beijing: “Apple Pay is Coming to China”

This week you’ll find Apple-lovers and shopaholics alike jumping for joy. It’s official – Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is planning to launch in China. According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has already made deals with four major Chinese banks. China is set to join the super-exclusive club of countries with Apple Pay services, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.

Don’t give up on WeChat Wallet or cast away your cash just yet, though. The Apple payment service won’t be around till February 2016.

And it looks like Apple Pay will be facing some major competition when it finally launches. According to the Wall Street Journal, Alipay constituted 45 percent of total online payment transactions this year.

Time Out Beijing: “Eat it: Da Dong’s duck burger”

When you walk into a restaurant where the bizarre concept is ‘duck burger fast food joint‘, the biggest shocker is that it’s, well… not that bizarre. The décor at duck master chef Da Dong’s new fast food joint is sleek, and the restaurant is filled with smartly dressed customers scoffing duck burgers and Salt and Pepper Duck Chops before heading back to the nearby offices.

The counter is made to look like a Western fast food chain, but the menu is unlike any other. Forget nuggets and chips, here customers can expect laoganma spicy mashed potato (5RMB), Petite Meat Moon Cakes (9RMB), and egg tarts (8RMB). Oh, and let’s not forget the whole point of the place: the Classic Crispy Lean Roast Duck Burger. That name’s a bit of a mouthful already!

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Time Out Beijing: “More hints that Google might be returning to China”

As the techies may know, the Beijing stop of popular international startup conference TechCrunch was held in Haidian over the last two days (November 2-3). Eric Schmidt (he’s the executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company) stopped by for a chat, and, while on-stage, dropped this little gem: ‘The interesting thing is that Google never really left China…In fact, we do hope to provide services here…’

Wait …what? Does that mean there’s a chance Google might be getting unblocked in China? Well, Schmidt seemed to be hinting at just that.

‘[Google] has lots of partners [in China] and we have offices in… Taiwan and Hong Kong,’ Schmidt said at the conference, further explaining that Google has been in constant communication with the Chinese government about the company’s presence in the country