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Yu Chun (third from right) and her colleagues pose for a photo in front of the bus she drove for 28 years on the day of her retirement. [File photo from web]
Hangzhou impressed the world with its cashless urban life when it played host to the G20 summit last year. Now an NPC deputy from the city has proposed at the ongoing annual two sessions in Beijing that the success should be replicated across the country.
Yu Chun, a 50-year-old retired bus driver in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, is one of those deputies who pay close attention to how a policy can be used to bring far-reaching changes through digital payment.
Yu said in her suggestion that the foundation for cashless society is already solid in the nation as the value of third-party mobile payment reached 38 trillion yuan ($5.5 trillion) in China in 2016.
As a former bus driver, she is the best person to explain how convenient a cashless life is. In her 28-year-long career, she saw many passengers fumbling and looking for coins. "I usually collected 500 to 600 yuan in fares in one shift, but most of the money was in coins," she said.
According to her, it's very inconvenient to pay by cash, especially
by coins, not only for passengers but also for the bus operators. "The
bus companies collect tons of coins and counting them is not easy to say