Top apps for China

Here you will find the top apps if you are thinking to move somewhere in China or simply traveling here for vacations. Please note that these apps are according with my own experience and knowledge. I will keep updating the list continuously

1. Wechat
Chinese version: http://shouji.baidu.com/software/item?pid=2786482313&from=web_alad_multi
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tencent.mm&hl=en

This app is a must in China. It’s an advanced version of WhatsApp within China. Everybody here uses this app along with other countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam but in a minor way.
Through this app you will be able to pay in 95% of restaurants, shops, supermarkets, local markets, phone to phone, do personal money transfers among your contacts, keep in touch with locals, top up your phone balance, pay utilities, find and pay movie tickets, order a taxi (didi), hire a bicycle, online shopping (taobao), etc

2. Alipay
Chinese version: https://www.alipay.com/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eg.android.AlipayGphone&hl=en

This app also is a must in China. Through this app you will be able to pay in many restaurants, online shops, shops, supermarkets, etc.
Besides, also can do money transfers among your contacts, top up your phone, find movie tickets, order a taxi (didi), hire a bicycle, online shopping (taobao), find delivery food,  find hotels, etc

3. DiDi
Chinese version: http://www.udache.com/app/mDriverReg/index?channel=10&channelId=81037#/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sdu.didi.psnger&hl=en

Through this app you can hire a taxi/personal car (Chinese Uber version) within China regardless of the city you are in.

4. Taobao
Website: https://www.taobao.com/
App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.taobao.taobao&hl=en

Online shopping? This is the app! The app is only available in Chinese language

5. JD.com
Website: http://www.jd.com/

More online shopping. This app is more specialized on electronic products. More reliable than Taobao in regards of quality. The app is only available in Chinese language

6. Mobike
App: https://mobike.com/global/

Top app designed to hire a bicycle within China. Price is about 0.5RMB for 30 minutes ride.

7. Ofo
Chinese version: http://www.ofo.so/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=so.ofo.abroad&hl=en

Another top app designed to hire a bicycle within China

8. Meituan 美团
Website: http://qd.meituan.com/?mtt=1.index%2Ffloornew.0.0.j639s2qw
App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sankuai.meituan&hl=en

Food delivery apps is also a must in China. Likely you will need help from locals to create an account, since everything is in Chinese language

9. Translators/dictionaries:
Chinese version of google translate: https://translate.google.cn/
Talking translator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenleaf.android.translator.enes.c&hl=en

These are the translators I use to survive here. For talking translator you would need a VPN to make it works. Seems is blocked in China…

10. VPN’s
ExpressVPN: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.expressvpn.vpn&hl=en

This is the VPN I’m using right now. Recommended to find a good VPN before arriving to China to keep connected with western life

11. Ctrip
Website: http://www.ctrip.com/
App:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ctrip.english&hl=en

One of the best app to book flight, hotels and trains within China. Has English version, offers reasonable prices and easy to use

12. Coobus – 酷米客
Website & app: http://www.coobus.cn/

Useful app to check bus schedules, stations and GPS locations. So far this app is working with no problems in Shenzhen. Other cities may not work. The app is only available in Chinese language

13. Baidu 百度
Website:  https://www.baidu.com/

Considered the Google of China, this website is a search engine for everything related to China, such as news, apps, maps, videos, images, etc. The app is only available in Chinese language

 

 

 

 

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