Global Times Mobile
Using the WeChat platform has become essential for foreigners living in China, according to a user behavior report released by the company on Wednesday.

China's most popular social media app surveyed millions of users in China, including their communication habits, "red packet" usage for sending money and stickers.

The survey shows 6 in 10 foreigners use WeChat Pay for group buys and food delivery, transportation, dining and online shopping.

Compared with typical Chinese WeChat users, who were born in the 1980s or 1990s, foreigners are more active on the app's chat function, with 60 percent more foreigners sending messages through WeChat, 42 percent more using it for voice calls and 13 percent more for video chats.

The survey says foreigners send an average of 10 red packets a month.

Raz Gal-Or, a 22-year-old Israeli studying at Peking University, uses the app to send red packets.

Raz is also co-founder and host of Y-plan, a man-on-the-street program focusing on foreigners living in China.

He has interviewed many foreigners about whether they collect red packets and use stickers in WeChat groups.

The program is popular on the Chinese Internet, with over a million people following its Sina Weibo account.

Followers were surprised to discover that many foreigners speak fluent Chinese, know every online Chinese buzzword and join hundreds of WeChat groups to grab "hongbao," or red packets of virtual money.

Raz said he has even joined a sticker group to collect memes. The survey shows that foreigners send an average of 45 percent more stickers a day than typical Chinese users.