Wechat is a multifunctional social app similar to Facebook and WhatsApp. Among its various purposes, there is a ’Wallet’ button that allows users to pay for several different items through the app, including cinema tickets, hailing taxis and group discount deals. This works with Chinese debit or credit cards, and some foreign Visa, Mastercard, or JCB cards (if you’ve got this to work with a foreign card, please let us know!)
What’s more, although the set-up information is in English (if you downloaded the English-language version of WeChat and the system language is English), but it’ll be confusing when there is Mandarin on the interface for the further steps. The following screenshots are taken from the Android system, but the iPhone version should be almost the same.
Firstly, let’s learn how to use Wechat to book movie tickets:
1. Open WeChat.
2. Press the ‘Me’ button on the bottom, then tap the ‘Wallet’ option.
3. Select the “movie tickets” button with a cute cat face on it.
4. Usually the overseas movies take a month or two to come out in Chinese movie theatres, as they have to pass the government censors. It’s really not cool. I had to wait until May 11th to watch The Avengers 3. As you can see, there’s no English name of the movie, so if you want to find out, you need to press the Chinese name and find it on the second screenshot.
5. Next, you need to choose a movie theater on the following list. This can get really confusing, so be sure to have the name of your local cinema in Chinese, enter it into the search bar at the top of the screen or scroll down until you see it in the list.
6. Next, Search for a seat. The white seats are free, the red ones have already been taken, and after selecting a seat it will turn green. Then you can press the orange button on the bottom. Do remember that if you want to choose 2 seats, there can’t be an empty one between them, such as the one pointed by the arrow.
7. We are almost finished today’s topic with this step. The final step is to pay for the tickets with the orange button at the bottom. And if u want to have some popcorn, there are always some different selections on the list. Here you go! Enjoy your movie with your friends!
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