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How to top up electricity with Wechat

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When relocating to your new apartment in Beijing it is difficult to figure out all of the functions of WeChat like paying the electricity bill online. It takes very simple steps to pay and after this you will be able to keep your lights on in the apartment with the simple click of a button.

For those living in serviced apartments will likely have their utilities taken care of by the management office, but the majority of expats will need to learn how to recharge an electricity card at some point.

The newest generation of electricity cards – known as “smart cards” can be topped up online on platforms like Alipay and WeChat Wallet. Electricity can also be purchased in person at the bank or using specialized machines located in State Grid offices, selected banks (Bank of Beijing, ICBC, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, China Everbright Bank), pharmacies and convenience stores.

 

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Step 1: The first step is to open the wallet section of under the me section of WeChat.

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Step 2: Open the 'Public services' button in the second row, third choice.

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Side Note: First ensure this symbol is present (北京 - meaning Beijing). If it isn't, it will be the first option when click on it to change.

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Step 3: Scroll down until you see a red raindrop with a electricity sign in it.

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Step 4: Choose the 'i love'- icon.

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Step 6: Enter your electricity card number.

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Step 7: Enter the amount of money you want to top up your electricity balance and click on the blue button to confirm.

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Step 8: Et voilà, relax and watch some TV while enjoying your new apartment.

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Rebecca Andresen

Rebecca Andresen

I try to give some practical advice but I also try to dispel some of the myths floating around about expat life. I'm a third culture kid as well so I try to share that experience and how it affects my life as an expat or living overseas.
This is my 14th year of being an expat in China and in all kind of forms - child, teenager, student, spouse and working.
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