The 618 Cyber Monday celebration this season was particularly exceptional. The official name of the virtual yuan is the Virtual Medium of exchange Automated Transaction system, which users used for the initial occasion in conjunction with the annual trademark sale period.

As a result, about 135,000 customers purchased a variety of JD’s patented technology goods for yuan 20 million (3.3 million dollars) in digital yuan, the e-commerce provider reported in July. A comparatively common economic activity throughout history has been trading. An individual can start trading on Yuan Pay Group.

A succession of open experiments in Guangzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu, and other towns that started that year preceded this flurry of exchanges.

Beyond these experiments, where participants provided complimentary money to blow at pre-selected shops, users can exchange the virtual yuan for cash at over 2,900 ATM Machines in China. It was the first medium of exchange, so I’ve been eager to try it out to see what the fuss is now about.

How to make a new e-wallet

The independent “Virtual Yuan” app, which is run by the PBOC and is accessible to the general public, isn’t present in any well-known android market. However, everyone saves and utilizes the virtual yuan, and applications of six selected government institutions as installations for its beta edition are just available by invitation.

I went to an institution to request assistance because the procedure wasn’t obvious. I received two e-CNY wallets from the State-Owned Commercial banks of China or the Bank of China (BoC) in less than two hours.

The user interface makes it evident that significant work is conducted to establish the framework for connecting the virtual yuan to current money-transfer systems. Up to 20 more activities are linked to it via “sub-wallets,” I guess it depends on the institution. In addition, the e-CNY app connects to financial institution wallets so that you can access everything from one display.

Not many people have adopted the DCEP yet.

At a minimum, 847 companies support the virtual renminbi in the Sub-district neighborhood, which is home to KrASIA’s Chinese headquarters. According to the regional news source Beijing Biz Today, it is the country’s most significant proportion of any neighborhood.

By playmaker, this included 48% of the vendors in the Sanyuanli marketplace and 60% of restaurants across Xiaoyun cuisine lane, per a Beijing Trade study. Therefore, it seems natural that the monetary authority would want to implement the DCEP in busy commercial and tourism locations since these places offer high transactions that users can use to study behavior and compile useful information about transaction amounts and regularity.

The reality, unfortunately, conflicts with its purpose.

Users visited Chaoyang at the end of September in search of indicators displayed by merchants indicating that businesses collect fees in virtual yuan. Upon touring approximately 80% of Xiaoyun dining options, I inquired about adopting technological yuan, and users typically met it with a puzzled expression from personnel. Unfortunately, I could not track down the restaurant strip’s administration in Beijing Commercial to confirm the allegations.

On the exterior, Sanyuanli’s retailers appear to have done well; 60% of the shops have signs stating that virtual yuan transactions are accepted. Confident Chinese Communist Committee supporters utilize the virtual yuan to collect membership repayments and make purchases. The usage of DCEP in areas other than consumer expenditure, such as payment of wages, utility bills, or welfare programs like welfare benefits and taxation, is consistent with DCEP’s overall growth.


According to Xinhua Information, the “sub-wallets” feature will conceal users’ digital presence from independent online marketers and digital payments, preventing them from accessing their identity or activity histories. Despite claims made by reserve bank executives that DCEP is intended to complement current payment methods, the reality scarcely resembles the rhetoric. I inquired with an ICBC bank manager about the country’s anticipated ultimate use of virtual yuan wallets. He answered directly: “Yes, without a doubt. After that, it will play the role of Mobile payments.


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