Useful Phone apps

Apps to download before arriving
Didi

Didi

Didi, the western equivalent of Uber allows you to use your smartphone to book a driver from A to B.

Microsoft Translate App

Microsoft Translate

Microsoft Translate is great for talking to someone in Chinese, as it has an excellent voice translation service.

WeChat

WeChat

WeChat is the main instant messaging app to use in China and everyone with a smartphone has it. You can video call, have food delivered, post on your wall and send live locations all through this app.

Baidu Translate

Baidu Translate

Baidi Translate’s strengths best serve when you want to know what what is on a menu, a sign or text you’ve received from your TaoBao delivery. Print screen/take a picture and it’ll turn the Chinese into English in no time.

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Express VPN

Download Express VPN before you come to China as the Google Play Store is blocked. China also currently has bans on Facebook, Google, YouTube and WhatsApp.

TaoBao

TaoBao

Order anything from TaoBao from anyone and have it delivered to your door within two working days. You can buy bedding, a new camera or even a toothbrush from TaoBao if you so desire.

Alipay

AliPay

To buy anything, use Alipay. You’ll use this app to pay for your items on TaoBao, your trips on Didi, and bills for your home. Simply add your card, access the pay QR code and you’re good to go.

Google Maps

Google Maps

Google Maps works very well in a city with good internet service, as you’ll need a VPN. Use this app for clear, English instructions to your next destination, whether that be by car, metro or walking, Google Maps is very accurate.

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