cent use: Merchants can also market to Chinese consumers, while customers can receive promotional information through the mobile app, according to Vancouver Courier. In China, Alipay has more than 700 million users and more than 70 per cent use the app to pay for goods and services.article continues below Trending Stories Director Kevin Smith had a rubbish start to his day in Vancouver86 per cent of Canadians want to restrict the sale of vaping products to youth British Columbians back use of red light cameras to catch speeders survey Downtown Eastside Canada's most famous junkie' comes clean We see this partnership as an opportunity to help our stakeholders and merchants to become China-ready, said Nancy Small, chief executive officer of Tourism Richmond in a press release. Alipay, which is associated with Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, allows merchants to highlight their business on a location-based discover function. We're seeing visitation from China grow year over year. According to Tourism Richmond, approximately one million Chinese visitors spent time in Richmond in 2017. Offering this payment option is a first step to welcoming Chinese customers, whether they're here as a tourist visiting Metro Vancouver, international student or new immigrant. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.