As a result, there are plenty of apps that you can use while you’re traveling or living in China. They’ll make it easier for you to communicate, get around, book trips and even order and pay for food. If you don’t use some of these apps you’ll miss out on a lot of the most exciting and interesting experiences you can have. So what are the best apps to use in China? Here’s my top 3
WeChat lets you keep in touch with anyone who uses the same application, independent of the operating system that person uses, be it Android or iOS. You can send text messages to individuals and groups, pictures, videos, voice messages, GPS information, and even make video calls in high definition.
Before you start using the app, as with similar services like WhatsApp or LINE, you’ll have to associate your phone number with a personal account, which should take only a few minutes. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to see a list of people from your contacts who are also using WeChat.
Weibo is the official app for one of the most popular social networks in China, which combines features and functions of Twitter and Facebook to offer an experience that’s slightly different from both. You can share your content, follow your idols, chat with friends, and more.
As with Twitter, Weibo is very useful to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Thanks to it you can keep an eye on developments related to your interests nearly instantly. Plus you can check out pics, GIFs, and videos straight from the app’s feed.
Anyone who’s ever used Twitter won’t have any problems understanding how Weibo works as they share many concepts. You’ll find daily trending topics, can check your mentions, send DMs, etc.
Youku is a Chinese app that you can use to stream tons of movies and TV series. Almost all the content on the app has Chinese audio and, in most cases, Chinese subtitles, too.
Youku hosts more than 160 million videos, the majority of which are perfectly organized to help you find what you want more easily. So if you’re interested in a certain TV series, for example, you can easily find all its episodes.
Unlike similar apps, with Youku, you’ll never have a problem streaming a video. To watch a video, usually all you have to do is tap on the video you want to watch, and it starts playing in just a few seconds.