How to setup a WeChat Wallet without a Chinese bank account

This post tells how I managed to setup WeChat Wallet from outside of China and without having a Chinese bank account.

N.B. Since April 2018 in many cases WeChat asked for a Chinese ID for real name verification. Since August 2018 it looks like Visa and Master Card are accepted again for identification (not for top-up)

But be careful adding large amounts to your wallet. I have seen people reporting a Chinese ID or bank card is required after having larger amounts (>1000 RMB) in the wallet.

Please let me know your experience as a comment to this post, or via harryvandenbergh on WeChat. And as I have become a WeChat enthusiast, looking forward to talking to you on WeChat.

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