5 Must-Have Chinese Apps For Expats in China
I discovered that living in China can be so much easier with the following 5 must-have apps! Shopping, navigation, language or entertainment – these Chinese apps are absolutely essential when living in China and every China expatriat should have them downloaded on their phone!
Taobao is China’s no. 1 online shop where you can buy everything your heart desires. Taobao Marketplace is one of the world’s top 10 most visited Websites and makes most of its profit on Chinese Singles Day (11/11), China’s biggest e-commerce sales day of the year, which is even larger than America’s Cyber Monday.
You can also shop on Taobao on your laptop or PC, however, shopping on your phone using the corresponding app has its advantages: daily deals. These special offers can be found at almost every hour and every day. You can save lots of RMBs when purchasing products directly on your phone!
Baidu Maps is probably the most important of all Chinese apps and I use it most often. Since Google (and therefore Google Maps) is blocked in China, this is the only way to properly navigate around town. The only disadvantage is that you need to be able to type in Chinese!
The app works the same like Google Maps, which lets you calculate directions. However, Baidu Maps makes it possible to check accurate bus schedules and even shows you prices for taxis!
Speaking of taxis, didi dache is an app which works similar to Uber and Lyft. You are able to call taxi drivers nearest to you and make them to pick you up. During rush hour, taxi drivers might charge a small fee for picking you up but other than that it’s free!
This dictionary is my favorite one to use. You can imput English, Pinyin or Chinese characters and it even speaks out the word for correct pronunciation. At the same time, you can select a master view of the single characters to practice the stroke order.
The dictionary offers a wide selection of words from specialized vocabulary to slang words.
If you live in China, I am sure you have seen lots of people watching dramas or movies on their smartphones on the bus or metro. They most likely used an app called “Youku”. This app offers you a great selection of Chinese, Korean and foreign dramas, movies and other TV shows for free!
Weixin, in English referred to as WeChat, is China’s most popular instant messaging app – but it’s far more than that! Today, Weixin enables you to send voice messages, execute marketing and even pay at a store or charge your phone credit! Every young Chinese has probably an account and is using the app daily.
What app is your aboslute favorite?