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Useful Apps When You Live in China

 

The wit part of living in China is that you can use various useful apps on your mobile to reach every corner of your life. This trend boosts the transition of the latest technology into people’s daily lives, making lots of daily business more convenient and efficient for locals.   

I’m listing out some useful apps that can make your life at Keats better and easier today. All these Apps are available in both English and Chinese.

WeChat

WeChat is one of the most widely used Apps in China. It’s a multifunctional App that you can contact your friends instantly by sending a message, making a video call, or voice call. You can mark special moments in your life and share funny things with all your WeChat friends on Moments. You can join different chat groups with diverse topics, meet people with various backgrounds, and make new friends if you like.

It’s also possible to develop your channel to share original videos or follow some channels for funny and informative content; you can subscribe to newsletters from popular official accounts to input all kinds of reading materials in Chinese on WeChat too.

You can follow Keats Chinese channel for free Chinese learning tips and demonstrations of characters writing and pronouncing too!

The most actively used function of WeChat is WeChat mobile pay. By adding your bank card e-account into the WeChat wallet, you can expand the WeChat function into the financial field. There would be no more exchanges bother once you’re adapted to use mobile payment. Also, you can send Red envelopes on WeChat and transfer money to others too.  

Alipay & Taobao

 

Alipay is another extensively used useful App in China, for it’s the unique payment end linked directly with the biggest Chinese E-commercial platform Taobao.

Alipay is an App with dozens of functions too. You can pay your electricity and water supply bills through it; recharging your mobile fee; as an e-ticket to pay for bus and subways fees; booking tickets for film and shows; calling for a taxi; making the transition to your friends who also use Alipay.

Taobao is the biggest and most convenient e-commercial platform in China, which set up an online community for various suppliers to present their goods on it and selling on it at the same time. The business owner can save lots of budget on rents and employment on this platform. Therefore, the same product offered here would be much more economical than shopping at malls and supermarkets. 

No matter what you want to buy, you can find a proper supplier on Taobao, and you can bargain about the price with the customer advisor.

Baidu Map & Baidu Cloud

Using a Map App can help you get rid of the problems of getting lost and help you make the best traffic solution to a specific destination. Baidu Map is the most useful app for maps to locals, with vivid details marked on it and real-time reports about the traffic situation to the user at the same time. You may call for a taxi straightforward on it.

Baidu Cloud is a free cloud storage service provider. It makes cloud storage easier. Baidu Cloud is open to all users; paid VIP members can enjoy a faster upload and download speed.

Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing is a well-known taxi service platform that can match individualized taxi service needs. Locals tend to abbreviate it as “Di Di.” You can call for a taxi through it and a ride-sharing service, which makes it a useful app. There are several options available for you from “Express,”” Premier,” to “Luxe.” You may use coupons and discount offers to get a better price.

English is available on this App too. The interface is also customer-friendly for users.

QQ music

You can’t miss music Apps for pleasure. The most widely used music app in China is QQ music. Except for a few amount of songs that you have to pay for, other songs and albums, no matter if it’s from domestic or international, are open and free to all users at any time.

Meitu Photoshop & Beauty Camera

Want your picture to look fantastic and full of fun? Meitu Photoshop can make all your distinguished ideas come true. And if you want to make your selfie looks awesome and wow, Beauty Camera can create the best lookout for you. You don’t have to worry about the pictures posting on your social media anymore.

Ctrip

Ctrip will be your most handy mobile app to help plan your holiday and travel around China. Tickets booking service for various traffic choices and accommodation arrangement through the whole nation can be done with it. You can also search for other tourists’ sharing and traveling diaries for more details about your destination.

Meituan & E’lema

Chinese people are all epicures and always keep looking for delicious food, which leads to the emergence of dining apps like Meituan and E’lema. You can find coupons or group-buying discounts of different restaurants, dining places, and other service providers for diverse entertainment events on Meituan. You can also book a film ticket on it with a great discount. Both of these two apps take food delivery as their major business. Like the E-commercial app, these two apps provide a platform for restaurant or dining place owners to present their cuisines and let customers make food orders to go. Thanks to these two useful apps, Chinese people can enjoy a tasty dish more conveniently, and customers don’t necessarily have to be in the restaurant to get the food.  

Video & News: use BiliBili, Tik Tok and Weibo

Nowadays, people won’t get satisfied with a monotonous resource of entertainment. In China, people use different apps to enjoy various kinds of videos and news. You could interact with other audiences by commenting and communicating while watching the video on Bilibili, which is a media platform focus on sharing interesting knowledge and funny content. On Tik Tok, you can conduct your video with all the dramatic techniques you can imagine, making it easy and fun to have your channel. A lot of young people also like to share their thoughts or views on Weibo. Weibo is also considered as a news resource to telling people what’s going on across the world.    

Huolala & Xianyu

Huolala could be a handy app when moving house. You can book a van or a trunk to help you move depending on how many things you will carry with you. It’s also possible for you to appoint several workers to help you move heavy stuff. Service fees will be calculated by the distance of moving, how many workers you asked for, and if you asked for more assistance.

Like other businesses, there is also an online platform for trading second-hand things. Xianyu is a reliable and useful app for you to trade things that you don’t use anymore but are still in good condition. You may find something you like from others as well. Sometimes it’s also possible for you to trade by things once you have made a deal with the other user on this platform.

 

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