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How to Pay Your Utility Bills on Taobao

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Paying Your Bills is Now Even Easier

China already has an easy system for paying utility bills at convenience stores. But if you are like me, you too-often forget to take those bills out with you when you leave the house. So here is an even easier way to pay — via Taobao. You will need to have your bill in-hand.

Available Locations:

  • Shanghai: Water, Electricity, Gas
  • Hangzhou: Water
  • Beijing: Water, Electricity

Coming Soon

  • Hangzhou: Electricity, Gas
  • Tianjin: Water, Electricity, Gas
  • Chongqing: Water, Electricity, Gas

First steps

First click in to the utility bill-paying center in Alipay. You will see this menu:

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As you can see, it defaults to Water. But you can also pay your electricity bill or your gas bill. Click on the little blue drop-down menu and it will give you the other options in that order: Water, Electricity, Gas.

The next menus are Province and City, and currently there are only two options, so this shouldn’t be a problem either. 

Your Utility Company

The long drop-down menu is your specific utility company name. You will need to match this with what’s on your bill. Shanghai, for example, has six water companies with similar names. Take a moment to compare.

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Enter your bill number

Once you’ve chosen your company, a little image will pop up telling you where to find your billing number. Type in the billing number, and then type in the amount due and proceed.

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Payment

Now it will ask you how you want to pay. If you are a devout follower of the Field Guide, you probably already have money on your account. So you will click the button circled here.

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Next you will login to Alipay, and then you will see the normal payment procedures. Just enter your payment password and you are done!

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Oh my god that was so boring. Time to look for something fun.

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