This is an interesting article (see link below) because splitting the bill in China is definitely new and coming from the younger generation. In all of my travels to China for business and pleasure with 17 trips and over 300 days in China we have never split the bill for anything. From food, banquets, massages, street food, KTV, Spa trips, haircuts, transportation, hotels, and tourist one person pays for the item, never splitting the bill. We have had a lot of friendly arguments whom would pay the bill but never splitting the bill. For dinner or lunch the bill is never paid at the table but at the counter and is paid after all the guests leave or privately. Some pay on credit which happens with some regular customers just sign for it and pay it at the end of the month.
Typically what happens with us is that our friends will pay for a day of activities which include lunch, foot massage, dinner, KTV, and late night BBQ and beers. We have many friends and always meet new friends so this happens every day. Then several days before we leave China we will invite all of our family and friends and pay for several days of food and drinking.
The WeChat payment is also something new but it works well. We have wechat that we use to talk with our Chinese friends in USA and in China. We get money on wechat and we pay for items in China, for example, we pay for excellent pig feet from a restaurant in my wife’s China Village and the in-laws goes to pick up and we paid for it on WeChat.
We never split the bill in China.
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