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Tipping, absent from China’s restaurants for decades, returns to the country as a ‘game’ with the help of smartphones and QR codes

ecades after the practice of tipping was wiped out by the Communist revolution, the owner of a trendy restaurant in Beijing has invented a system for the modern age: Diners can tip less than a dollar by using their smartphones to scan QR codes worn by the waitstaff. "Over the course of a month, it really adds up," said one server.
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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