CNN reporter Will Ripley recently experienced this kind of life and shared his experience on CNN.com. He toured Beijing without his wallet and finds he can still buy anything he wants. Let's take a look at how he managed to live in Beijing without a wallet.
In the beginning, Ripley was a bit skeptical about going an entire day in Beijing without his wallet, but later he said he was surprised to discover just how easy and convenient it is.
Ripley paid for breakfast by scanning a QR code on the window of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that sells jianbing, a delicious fried crepe that's one of China's most popular street breakfasts. The purchase cost him 6 yuan and took just a few seconds. All he had to do is input a password and the transaction is complete.
When Ripley took his breakfast, CNN news assistant Shen Lu paid her household water bill at the table. In seconds, she transferred funds from one of several linked accounts. She regularly used the same simple process to pay other bills and even her rent.
Ripley used his phone to hire a taxi to meet Gu Yu, co-founder of a new payment app, Mileslife. Ride sharing using a mobile payment app allows them to save money by ordering multiple taxi stops and splitting the fare at the end.