China's e-CNY has run seven rounds of pilots in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Beijing, and Chengdu, distributing a total of RMB150 million ($22.88 million) in digital money.
As of early December last year, there were nearly 50,000 pilot scenarios for e-CNY, including restaurants, transportation, shopping, and government affairs, according to data released by the People's Bank of China.
Many governments have mentioned the construction of e-CNY in this year's work report, accelerating its launch process.
In addition to the previous four cities, Shanghai, Changsha, Hainan, Qingdao, Dalian, and Xi'an will soon conduct e-CNY pilots.
In Shanghai, a portion of vending machines, a hospital canteen, and a beverage store already support e-CNY.
E-CNY will coexist with paper money and mobile payment platforms, Mu Changchun, head of the People's Bank of China's Digital Currency Research Institution, previously said.
The controllability of "controlled anonymity" is reflected in the fact that e-CNY can combat crimes such as money laundering and tax evasion, Mu said.