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Top 5 Essential Smartphone apps for living in China

Popularity 7Viewed 29912 times 2014-4-20 00:20 |Personal category:Technology|System category:Life| china, smartphone, app, living

Moving around while in China is the very difficult for newbie’ especially for those who can’t speak Chinese Language. Smartphone and Smartphone apps can be solution somehow for making your life easier. In China use of Smartphone is rising each passing day and same is the trend with use of apps. Companies and individuals are putting more efforts in developing apps for use daily life use. Smartphone apps make life easier and comfortable specially while living in China.

I always keep Smartphone in my pocket and use it more often while I am of room while in China. Being foreigner, your apps priorities will change instantly as you reach China. From Language and learning apps to social media apps everything on your phone will undergo change.  I have short listed some apps after my year of experience being in China, I hope this will help you a lot if you are in China or planning to come China. Following listed apps are easily available for all Android and IOS Smartphone, tablets, ipads etc.

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List of top 5 Essential Smartphone apps for living in China

1. Translation app

I rank translation apps on top for China due to language barrier while getting around. Few people understand English and Chinese language is written and spoken. So for newbie it is very difficult to deal with this barrier, in this regards Smartphone apps provide best first hand solution for you. There are number of translation apps that you can use on your Smartphone. Most of them are free and can help you in getting around in China very easily.


2. China Air Pollution Index App

In China, pollution is major problem and causing serious health threats. You must need a updated report on pollution in order to prepare while getting out of your home. There are number of Smartphone apps that provide you update about pollution rate. You must install such apps so that you may be able to avoid any health issue in China.

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3. Subway / Metro App

Numbers of subway and metro apps are available for Smartphone that allows users to understand map and destination easily. While installing app you should be careful as you are required to install non-Chinese version if you are foreigner. If you are visiting or residing in Beijing or Shanghai you will need this app in order to understand subway routes. Local Chinese people also use this app as the subway routes are complex and hard to remember.


4. WeChat

If you are foreigner here in China then more likely WeChat will be new for you. If you have used app like whatspp then you can understand WeChat easily its almost the same app (called wéi xìn 微信 in Chinese). However, WeChat is more over a social media here in China and is used as chatting app. Features of find people nearby and moments are amazing and adding into popularity of this app around the globe. In China majority of people use WeChat so in order to connect to them you will need to use this apps.

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5. Taobao

This app is famous for online shopping in China and connects you to one of world’s largest marketplace. In China trend of online shopping in increasing and more people are using Taobao for purchasing. This site is also famous due to economical rates as compared to its competitors in China. If you are in China or planning to visit china this app may help you more in economical shopping.


Top 5 Essential Smartphone apps for living in China

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