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How to register and verify a huobi.com account for bitcoin trading in China

While the Chinese government places numerous restrictions on banks with regard to bitcoin trading, there is nothing to stop individuals within China buying and selling the digital currency between themselves. Among the biggest Chinese websites for buying and selling bitcoins are huobi.com, okcoin.com and BTCChina. At the time of writing huobi.com was the largest, so here’s a guide to setting up your own account.


How to register on huobi.com

1. Head to huobi.com. You will see a page like the one below.


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A. “Register for free”

B. “Register” (also for free)

Either of these orange buttons will take you to the next step in the registration process.


2. Input the required information as below:


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A. Your email address

B. Re-type your email address

C. Set a password for your Huobi account

D. “The password must contain 6-20 English letters, numbers or symbols. The password cannot contain only letters or only numbers.”

E. Re-type your password

F. Captcha verification code; enter the letters you see on the right into the field on the left.

G. Tick this box to agree to the Huobi.com End User License Agreement (it may be already ticked when you enter the page).

Click the orange button (not pictured) to continue.


3. You’re now a member of huobi.com! However, if you want to transfer money to your account and get trading, you will need to verify your email account, real name, cell phone and desired payment password. To start this process, go to huobi.com and look at the top-left of the screen – you should see your email address up there. Click on it to go to your General Security screen. Here you should see a series of red and green boxes that identify which stages of your verification process you have completed; they should typically be done in order from top to bottom, although not all of them are required to begin transactions. In the example below, we used Gmail, so there are some Google-specific options:


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A. General Security

B. Account Security

C. Login password has been entered (this is the password for logging in to the huobi.com site; the gold blocks indicate that it is a medium-strength password)

D. Email needs verifying

E. Cell phone needs verifying (if you don’t want to use your cell phone, you can use Google Authenticator, provided you signed up with a Gmail address)

F. Google Authenticator needs verifying (you can use this as an alternative to cell phone registration)

G. Payment password needs to be entered (this is the password used to confirm each transaction)

H. Google account needs verifying (not needed if you register by cell phone)


Verifying your email account

The system will automatically send you an email to your account; all you need to do is to click the verification link to verify your account. Note that this email may take a while to arrive, so don’t be worried if it doesn’t appear instantaneously. It’s worth checking your spam folder, too. The email expires after 60 minutes. If you need another email to be sent, return to the huobi.com security area and click on the blue link at the end of the red email verification box – another email will be sent to you.

Upon clicking the link in the email, you will be returned to the huobi.com site, and deposited on the ‘verify your real name’ page.


Verifying your real name

If you were not redirected automatically, or decided to verify your name later, go to huobi.com and click on button A on the image below, then B; this will take you to the verification screen.


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A. User Center

B. User Information

C. Your real name. You must make sure that the name you give here is absolutely identical to the one on whichever bank account you want to connect to your huobi.com account. Bank clerks in China have been known to misspell the names of foreigners, or put names in the wrong order. Get a print-out of your name from your bank to ensure it is correct (you will need to take your passport to the bank to do this), and type it in just as it is on the print-out – even if it is all in capital letters. You can’t change the name after verification, and if it is different to the one on your account, you can’t transfer money between huobi and your bank, so you want to get it right.

D. Your nationality. Click the frame to open up a drop-down menu as in the following picture; the countries are in alphabetical order. Yes, “United Kingdom” is misspelled, as (even more so) is Turkey.


E.Choose what kind of identification you wish to use; if you chose a foreign country it will usually default to “Passport”.


A. Passport

B. Chinese ID Card

C. Military Officer Certificate

D. Chinese mainland driving license

E. Social insurance number

F. Type in the ID number

G. Re-type the ID number

H. Save


Click the save button and you’ll be taken to the next screen, in which you’ll be asked to input your nickname, gender and address. There is also a link for you to confirm your cell phone number, but don’t click it yet – we’ll get to that screen in due time. See below for the new screen: 


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A. Your registered email

B. Link to mobile phone verification (use this later)

C. User name

D. Real name

E. Gender (男 is male, 女is female)

F. Address 

G. Submit

Once you press the Submit button the page should reload; click the button to update your cell phone number to move on to the next section.


Verifying your cell phone 

If you didn’t use the link on the ‘confirm your user name’ screen, then return to the screen with the red and green bars (the one we saw earlier, that confirmed you’d logged in your password) and find the red bar related to verifying your phone number, then click on the blue link on the right-hand side of the bar.

However you get there, you will see the following page.


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A. Verify your mobile

B. The country in which your phone is registered. The drop-down menu will be the same as the one from step two. Once you choose the country, the country dialing code of your cell phone will be automatically appear next to the input field

C. Input the mobile number in the field

D. Click here to have a verification code sent to your mobile

E. Insert mobile verification code here

F. Save

When you input the verification code and click F, your mobile verification is finished and the color of the bar will change to green. For some, that will be the end of the process. However,  if for some reason the cell phone verification did not work, you can use the Google Money authenticator to verify your account. 


Adding your payment password

If you used your cell phone to register, then all you need to do now is add a password for you to input when you make payments, as an additional level of security. Go through the same steps as above – go to the main security screen, find the red box that talks about adding a password and click the blue link on the right-hand side. You should be taken to a screen that looks like this: 


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A. Enter passcode; it must be between six and 20 characters, must contain both letters and numbers, and cannot be all letters or all numbers

B. Retype password

C. Enter cell phone verification code (click the grey button to get a text message to the phone that you registered on the site before)

D. Submit


Enter your desired passcode twice – and make it different to the login code you added before for extra security. Perform the verification code check and then press the submit button at the bottom.

Congratulations, you’re registered and verified!


Useful Chinese words and phrases     

比特币 bǐtè bì  Bitcoin
买入 mǎi rù Buy in
卖出 mài chū Sell
虚拟产品 xūnǐ chǎnpǐn Digital product
货币 huòbì Currency


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