How to send lucky money via Wechat?



How to send lucky money via Wechat? The Chinese New Year (CNY) of the Monkey will start on February 8th 2016. Last year, on the lunar New Year’s eve (18th February 2015), one billion virtual red envelopes were sent. The amount of red envelopes or hongbao exchanged on Wechat was much higher than on other mobile payment platforms.

Besides sending out red envelopes using Wechat, we recommend you to visit Beijing Temple fairs and other cultural events hold during the New Year. Check below for details.


How to use red envelop or hongbao feature on Wechat?

  • Prerequisites:
  • How to withdraw a Red Packet after receiving it?
    • Log out via 「Me」—>「Settings」—>「Log Out」;
    • Log in to WeChat again and check received Red Packet via 「Wallet」 >「Balance」.
    • Assuming you have already linked a Mainland China card to your Wechat account, use withdrawal function.
  • Limit for payments made using your balance / for those who didn’t link a bank card
    • for any transaction and it applies also to red envelop: 200 RMB per day and 500 RMB per month. 
  • Limit for payments made using your balance / for those who have linked a bank card:
    • Payment limit: 5000 RMB / transaction and 15000 RMB / day.
    • Up to 100 Red Packets can be sent with an amounts up to 200 RMB.
  • How to send lucky money?




What to do during CNY in Beijing?

Chinese people will traditionally celebrate the new lunar year by eating together, visiting the uncles, giving red envelopes, displaying decoration in their houses and entrance door, visiting Temple fairs (Miao Hui庙会)… Nowadays, Chinese people will be watching CCTV Gala, sending instant message greetings and sending hongbao on Wechat.

Beijing temple fairs: if spending a few hours in a crowd doesn’t scare you!

  • 20150803013136797Dongyue Temple fair (东岳庙庙会)
    • Located between Gongti South and CBD / North of Ritan park area
    • Address: 141 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district 东岳庙,朝阳区朝阳门外大街141号
    • Open 9am-5pm
    • Temple fair dates: 8 to 14th Feb. 2016
    • Entrance fee: 10RMB
    • Getting there:  East from Chaoyangmen subway stop
  • Longtan Park (龙潭公园)
    • Address: 8 Longtanhu Lu, Chongwen district 崇文区龙潭湖公园庙会
    • Open 8am-5pm
    • Entrance fee: 10RMB
    • How to get there?  subway line 5 to Tiantandongmen
  • Ditan Park (地坛公园)
    • Address: Andingmen Wai Dajie, Dongcheng district 地坛公园,东城区安定门外大街甲2号
    • Open 9am-5pm
    • Temple fair dates: 8 to 14th Feb. 2016
    • Entrance fee: 10 RMB
    • Getting there: Subway station Yonghegong-Lama Temple
  • 20160125095459577Hongluo (红螺)
    • Address: 2 Hongluo Dong Lu, Huairou Disctrict  红螺东路2号
    • Entrance fee: 40RMB
    • Temple fair dates:  February 8, 2016 to February 13, 2016
    • Website:
  • Phoenix Mountain or Feng Huang Ling Temple Fair (凤凰岭自然风景公园)
    • Address: 19 Fenghuangling Lu, Haidian district 海淀区苏家坨镇凤凰岭路19号
    • Time: 8am-4pm
    • Entrance fee: 25 RMB
    • Website:
    • Getting there: From Summer Palace, take the bus 346 till the terminal 终点站凤凰岭下.
  • Changdian Temple Fair (厂甸庙会)
    • Address: Liulichang Jie, Xuanwu District, 宣武区琉璃厂街 (south of Tian’anmen Square)
    • Entrance fee: 10 RMB
    • Temple fair dates: 8 to 14th Feb. 2016
    • Getting there: Take subway line 2 to Hepingmen Station
  • Daguanyuan Temple Fair (大觀園)
    • Address: No. 12 Nancaiyuan Xijie, Xuanwu District 大观园,宣武区南菜园12号
    • Entrance fee: 40 RMB
    • Website:
  • Baiyunguan Temple Fair (White Clouds Temple) 白云观
    • Address: Xibianmenwai, Xicheng District 西城区西便门外白云观庙会
    • Open 8:30-16:00
    • Entrance fee: 10 RMB
    • Temple fair dates: 8 to 26th Feb. 2016
  • Yuanmingyuan Royal Temple Fair 圆明园皇家庙会
    • Address: yuanmingyuan, 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District 海淀区清华西路28号圆明园
    • Entrance fee: 10 RMB
    • Temple fair dates: 8 to 14th February


Other cultural events:

  • 201611413239806Chaoyang International Fengqing festival (朝阳国际风情节)
    • Located in Chaoyang Park
    • 1 Nongzhan Nan Lu, Chaoyang district
    • Open 8.30am-5pm
    • Fair dates: 8 to 13th February 2016
    • Entrance fee: 5RMB
  • Longtan Fair
    • Address: Longtan Park, 8 Longtan Road, Dongcheng District, 东城区龙潭路8号龙潭湖公园北门内(近体育馆路)
    • Getting there: Take subway Line 5 to Tiantandongmen Station.
  • Longqing Gorge Ice and Lantern festival
    • Address:  Gucheng village, Yanqing county /  延庆县古城村
    • Time:  9am-10pm
    • Entrance fee: 100 RMB 

SCOUT Real Estate wish you a Happy Year of the MONKEY!



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