Signing in to Your Alipay Account
UPDATED APRIL 2013
For most of you, this will not be a necessary step.
If you followed the directions in our guide to signing up for Taobao, you will have a limited Alipay account created for you automatically. The limitation is that you can only buy stuff, and cannot take money out. If you get a refund on an item, you cannot get it back from Alipay.
How to sign into Alipay through Taobao
If you go direct to alipay.com and try to sign in, Alipay may give you all sorts of trouble about needing Chinese ID numbers and other security data. You can bypass this by signing in through Taobao. Go to Taobao.com and sign in by clicking the green box.
Now click this link which takes you to Alipay.
You’ve done it!
Now you can take a look around Alipay – check out our guide to the Alipay Control Panel.
If you have any more questions, you can check out the official walkthrough (in Chinese, but still very intuitive) or ask us in the comments below.