I want to make an IAP on my Chinese App Store account. I live in China so all the other information including mobile phone and valid address is not a problem.

So I can create an account and download apps. But when I try to make a purchase, I hit the wall as there seems no way to finish the payment.

Both WeChat and Alipay don’t accept the foreigners account. The credit card is acceptable but only cards issued in China are acceptable, which I can’t have. Also the bank transfer is not acceptable as it requires to type in a valid Chinese citizen number, which I cannot fill in using my passport number.

So I wonder there is a way to make a purchase in Chinese App Store as a foreigner.

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    You can purchase an iTunes Gift card.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 19:16

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It looks like that Chinese App Store accepts China UnionPay cards. If you have any Chinese bank debit card, you can pay for in app purchases easily.

As per Apple Support:


If you're purchasing iCloud storage, an Apple Music subscription, or content from the App Store in China, you can use:

    China UnionPay
    Online banking2
    WeChat Pay
    Gift cards (including App Store Top-Up cards)

UnionPay and Chinese bank cards    
When you add UnionPay as a payment method, you must provide the mobile phone number your card's issuing bank has on file for you.

Some cards do not have mobile numbers associated with them. If this is the case with your card, contact your bank to update or replace it.

App Store Top-Up cards    
You can also redeem App Store Top-Up cards for store credit in China.
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    Does even the debit card work? I tried to use my own (UnionPay card issued by ICBC) but it failed, so I feel only the cards with credit functionality (which is practically impossible to create) works...
    – Blaszard
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 11:53
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    You should call Apple Support and talk to them.
    – Pratik
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 17:47

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