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Top Lifesaving Apps in China 2.0

July 16, 2018

Have you download all the apps introduced last time? You better did and here I am going to introduce you some more today! They are not merely for survival but make your journey in China as exciting as possible! Get your phone ready and catch up with me!   

Say what you think- Baidu Translate (百度翻译)

 

Want to overcome the language barrier and impress the local with your Chinese? It can be easier than you think as long as you have a good translation app in your mobile. Equivalent to Google Translate, Baidu translate can easily translate English sentence to Chinese or vice versa. Also, to save you from the misery of typing/ writing Chinese for translation, you can simply take a picture of the Chinese words and it will automatically recognise the Chinese characters for you and show you the meaning in a second!

 

 

Interface: English or Chinese

Cost: Free

 

On Apple

 

On Android

Online Shopping Paradise- Taobao (淘宝)

 

Shopping may be enjoyable for girls, but it is never an easy task if you need to walk all the way to the shopping malls under such high temperature in Shenzhen in summer. To save some time and energy, the mighty Taobao will be a great help and it offers everything from fully functional airplanes to temporary boyfriends. Although Taobao doesn’t present an English interface at the moment, there is one badass feature called image search, which allows you to simply take a photo of the product you want and upload it on the app and it will then provide you all the similar products from different sellers in their platform. Alternatively, you can also go to the website Baopals if you want to shop in the online shopping platform in English.

 

Interface: Chinese only

Cost: Free

 

On Apple

 

On Android

Your personal trip planner- Ctrip / Qunar (去哪儿)

 

Shenzhen is a very vibrant city but you will definitely want to explore more in Asia in general. To take you to all the awesome places on your bucket list, Ctrip and Qunar will be very useful in making your plan happen. Working just like Skyscanner and GoEuro, Crip and Qunar can help you search for train and plane tickets in the best prices both within China and abroad.

 

Interface: Chinese only for Ctrip (English available on its website); English                   and Chinese for Qunar

Cost: Free

 

On Apple: CtripQunar

 

On Android: CtripQunar

Timeout in China- Huodongxing (活动行)

 

Don’t wanna miss every little fun event when you live in Shenzhen? Get yourself connected with Huodongxing! Similar to Timeout, Huodongxing will tell you all the events happening around you. Last year it promoted nearly 800,000 events and sold around 4 million tickets in total. Not only does it let you know all the entertainments in the city, it also connects you to professional and networking events for your personal advancement. Once you fill in your preference and interest in the system, it will show a list of recommendations and send you even notifications. With Huodongxing, you will never worry about finding things to kill time when you are bored!

 

Interface: English and Chinese

Cost: Free

 

On Apple

 

On Android

The Netflix of China- Youku (优酷)

 

 

Nowadays music and video streaming is going viral and nothing is better than lying on bed to watch Netflix on weekends. In China, Youku is one of the main platform for streaming movies, TV shows, music videos and other video content.  It works more or less the same like Youtube and you can definitely find something interesting to watch there!

Interface: English and Chinese

Cost: Free

 

On Apple

 

On Android

Finding your best mate/potential partner- Tantan (探探)

 

Living in a foreign country can be lonely and you may want to find a partner at some point. Tantan, as the biggest dating app in China, may be your answer! Like tinder, it helps you match with people around you and it pushes the match based on user’s common tags, such as their hobbies, interests or the places they have been. Who knows but you may meet your soulmate/ true love there!

 

Interface: Chinese and English

Cost: Free

 

On Apple

 

On Android

After downloading all the apps in your mobile, you will then get your meals, transport, travel, entertainment, partner etc. planned and sorted! Do share them to your friends as well and have some fun after work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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