If you’re an overseas visitor to China, you’ll no longer be able to use Uber for your rides. Didi Chuxing, which is in the process of acquiring Uber’s China business, rolled out an update which decouples the Uber China app from the Uber global app.
The new Chinese app looks much like the previous version of Uber in China, but there are some key differences.
For one, users must create a new account for Uber China and that requires both a Chinese mobile phone number and valid Chinese payment method, such as Union Pay, Alibaba’s Alipay digital wallet or Baidu Wallet.
Anyone visiting the country, or anyone not holding the necessary payment options, isn’t able to get the app and use Uber’s service in China.