The 10 Best Apps for Traveling or Working in China

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What’s the essential app for traveling in China?
What are the best maps that work in China?
Does your current app work in China?
What app do you need for the shopping and payment?

We have already prepared a list of the best apps works in China. Surely it will be good for both travelers and business people who want to visit China.

What are apps or websites banned in China?

  1. Dropbox
  2. Google
  3. Google Apps (Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Maps, Drive, Google+, Google play, etc.)
  4. Microsoft Onedrive
  5. Chatting app (Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, etc.)
  6. Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Line
  7. Youtube, Netflix
  8. Tinder, Reddit, Blogspot
  9. Yahoo, DuckDuckGo
  10. Some news websites: New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, etc.

WeChat is the most popular instant chatting app in China, similar to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, etc. If you want to make friends in China and want to stay in touch. Then you can add him/her on WeChat. WeChat is the best choice to do this.

You can send text and voice messages and call people for free if you’re both connected to either Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G. It can also be used for shopping and payment by QR code.

wechat app

2. Maps App
Here is the list of best map app works in China
Baidu Maps
Apple Maps
Autonavi Navigation

3. Book hotel & tickets:
Ctrip for a last-minute booking. Ctrip app is a must-download app if you intend to visit around China cities.
You can book a hotel, buy an air ticket or train ticket quickly. It has an English version, so it’s quite easy to use it.

ctrip app

4. Transportation
Taxi: Didi Chuxing
Since Uber was taken off the China market, here is a local equivalent app called DiDi ChuXing.You can download the DiDi app, or you can find it on your WeChat.

How to find the Didi on WeChat?
Open WeChat, then click, scroll down, you will see “Ride-Hailing”. That’s the Didi name on WeChat.

The payment gets taken off your international card as per usual, and it’s straightforward and the same price as regular taxis.

didi chu xing

5.Metro: China Metro (Free)
China Metro has a vast collection of subway maps from cities through China, whether you’re traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc.

6.VPN app
Due to the Great Wall, you can access some apps or websites in China, for example, Facebook, Google, Gmail, Twitter, Instagram, etc. You need to get a VPN to access these apps and websites.

7.Chinese app for shopping & payment
WeChat Pay

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