Top Lifesaving Apps in China 1.0

Relocating to a new country is never easy and, in the age of mobile technology, some handy mobile apps are key to make your life easier and more fun! To help you adapt to the life in China like a local, here I am introducing some mobile apps in China that you can never live without!

All-time Lifesaver—WeChat (微信)

This is an app that penetrates every aspect of your life in China. Not only is it a social-networking platform for you to make friends, connect your boss and play games, it can work as your wallet and you can go everywhere in China completely cashless! You can even pay your bus fare and buy things online via the app. To get yourself prepare for your life in China, I would say you should download it now, like right now!

Interface: English and Chinese

Cost: Free

On Apple

On Android

 

For Lazy Foodies— Ele.me (饿了么) / Baidu Waimai (百度外卖)

Feeling lazy but craving for good food to fill up your stomach? Time for takeaway delivery then! In China, Baidu Waimai and Ele.me provides a great variety of food (Even hotpot!) from different restaurant in China and it is just like Deliveroo and Just Eat in U.K. They also offer supermarket delivery and you can basically get every food you want lying on bed at home. Just make sure you will do some exercise afterwards to burn out the calories, or maybe next time…

Interface: Ele.me - Chinese

Baidu Waimai - English and Chinese

Cost: Free

On Apple: Ele.me; Baidu Waimai

On Android: Ele.me; Baidu Waimai

 

Your Digital Wallet—Alipay (支付宝)

Alipay is the backbone of every great apps in China. The difference between Alipay and its arch-nemesis WeChat Pay is that the former one is a standalone app. Among other features, Alipay offers bill payments, hospital registration, and even international money transfers. Now Alipay also integrated with Airbnb, Uber and Taobao to simplify your online purchasing procedures. So forget all coins in your pocket and just go shopping with your mobile!

Interface: English and Chinese

Cost: Free

On Apple

On Android