A TV reporter tries out a shared bicycle in Sapporo, Japan, on Aug. 22, 2017.(Xinhua/Hua Yi)
From "Made in China" to "Created in China," Chinese innovations are lighting up the world through reshaping people's daily lives and leading global efforts to explore the frontiers of science and technology.
Javed Dar, a photographer based in Indian-controlled Kashmir, posted a picture on Chinese social media mobile application WeChat, showing himself riding an orange-rimmed shared bike on a cycle track in Beijing.
The caption he wrote for the photo reads "bicycle-sharing is one of the innovations of China. You have a phone app, and any of the millions of bicycles scattered on sidewalks everywhere can be yours. You scan a code, you ride, you leave and lock the bike wherever and whenever after you finish your ride."
After a two-week-long trip to China, Dar became a proficient user of WeChat, an application that almost every Chinese would use as a communication tool, a social platform and even a wallet.
During his stay in Beijing, Dar recommended his family and friends to download WeChat so that they could keep in touch through free WeChat video calls.
And via the function of translation, Dar found it quite easy and efficient to understand what his friends were saying on WeChat, no matter it was in Chinese or in other languages, making possible communication without any barrier.
As one of many Chinese innovations that have completely changed people's lives, WeChat is only a glimpse of the energy and creativity in today's China.
RESHAPING WAY OF LIVING WORLDWIDE
Dockless shared bicycles, high-speed rail, mobile payment and e-commerce have earned a reputation of China's "four great new inventions" in modern times.
These innovations have completely changed people's lifestyle in China. And now they are also reshaping the way of living worldwide.
China's cashless and dockless bike-sharing scheme is going globe as two leading Chinese bike-renting companies Ofo and Mobike are competing to expand their overseas markets.
Yellow or orange bikes can be spotted on the streets of Singapore, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States and South Korea.
In Manchester, Britain, Mobike has been rolled out on city streets and is filling up the city's bike hiring requirements.
Rafael Cuesta, head of innovation at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said the community was looking for intelligent vehicles and looking at Internet of Things solutions for transport. And the customer-focused Mobike scheme fits well with the city's need of intelligent mobility.
More encouragingly, Mobike could use its digital connectivity with the shared bikes to collect data on details of all journeys made. These anonymized data would be shared with TfGM to create a better city.
In another corner of the world, technology of mobile payment has burgeoned in Manila, the Philippines and has provided customers with a digital way to pay via smartphones besides cash and cards.
GCash, a Philippine mobile wallet service provider for conducting payment and money transfer, resembles China's Alipay established by e-commerce titan Alibaba Group, who plays a leading role in China's marveling digital revolution.
People use the GCash payment app to scan QR codes put up on mall counters and with several clicks by finger, the transaction can be done within seconds.
Apart from the above, China's high-speed rail as well as the e-commerce scheme have also been introduced in many countries, bringing more convenience and benefits to other parts of the world.