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Get free Spring Festival money with these Chinese social networking apps





Picture: From Alipay app

Note: This event has now expired, but we’re leaving it online so you can see what happened last Spring Festival, and we’ll update it when the next big event rolls around.

 

As Spring Festival approaches, Chinese people gradually enter a festival mood – and Chinese websites and apps monopolize on that mood to promote themselves by handing out cash. One such company is Alipay, China’s answer to PayPal, which is handing out 156 million yuan in cash and 430 million yuan in coupons. Other apps promoting themselves in this way include WeChat, QQ, and Sina Weibo. Read on to find out how you can get your fingers on some easy money!

The award period runs from February 11 to February 25, 2015. We’ll keep updating it as we hear of more deals, so keep checking back!

 

How to use the various apps and sites

Alipay app: Open the Alipay app, and at the pre-announced time you should see little cartoon people shaped like hongbao envelopes (pictured above) flying around your screen; tap on it as fast as you can for a chance to win money or a coupon. You can find information on how to join Alipay here.

Sina Weibo app and website: The Weibo money will be handed out at random by certain celebrities at specific times, in the form of links that users can click on. Each of the lucky money packages will contain an amount of money, and people who successfully grab it will get a small share of the sum. To find out what time the lucky money is to be hand out, users can search for the hashtag #让红包飞# (rang hóng bāo fēi), or follow the Sina Weibo account让红包飞. 

QQ app: Open the app just before the prescribed times and look for a red envelope in the bottom-right of the app; tap on it for a chance to win. 

WeChat app: Users can use the Shake function (tap ‘Discover’ at the bottom of the phone’s screen; the Shake function should be in the top half of the screen) at the specified times in order to try their luck. 

Momo: During the periods outlined below, Momo will offer lucky money links (worth a combined total of 4 million yuan) to certain user groups (look for the red envelope signs on the user groups’ avatars); members can then click on the links for a chance to win money.

Meituan: Meituan is offering a 100 yuan cash coupon for every user when they spend more than a certain amount (which differs from category to category).

For the best chance to win the lucky money, time is of the essence – use the right app at the right time (in line with the Beijing time zone) and you might just be successful. To give yourself the edge, update all your apps to the latest versions, make sure you have a good Internet connection, open the app before the set time, and be prepared to tap on the screen like crazy! Good luck!

 

Time schedule for major platforms 

February 11, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

10 am: Alipay (cash + coupon)

4 pm: Alipay (cash + coupon)

8 pm: Alipay (cash + coupon)

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash) 

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 12, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

10 am: Alipay (cash)

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm-10pm: WeChat (cash)

 

February 13, 2015 

All day: Meituan discount coupons

10 am: Alipay (cash + coupons)

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 14, 2015 

All day: Meituan discount coupons

10 am: Alipay (cash)

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 15, 2015 

All day: Meituan discount coupons

10 am: Alipay (cash + coupons)

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 16, 2015 

All day: Meituan discount coupons

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 17, 2015 

All day: Meituan discount coupons

8 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

9 pm: Mobile QQ (cash)

 

February 18, 2015 (New Year’s Eve)

All day: Meituan discount coupons

All day, every hour on WeChat (coupons)

10 am: Alipay (cash + coupon)

12 noon-midnight, every hour: Mobile QQ (cash + coupons)

8 pm-9 pm: Momo (cash)

8 pm-midnight, every hour: Alipay (cash + coupons)

 

February 19, 2015 (first day of the Chinese New Year)

All day: Meituan discount coupons

All day, every hour: WeChat (coupons)

8 pm-9 pm: Momo (cash)

10 am: Alipay (cash + coupons)

 

February 20, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

All day, every hour on WeChat (coupons)

8 pm-9 pm: Momo (cash)

 

February 21, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

All day, every hour on WeChat (coupons)

 

February 22, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

 

February 23, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

 

February 24, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

 

February 25, 2015

All day: Meituan discount coupons

 

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