Top 50 China Essentials
From sites to apps here are 50 resources to make your life easier in China.
1.Pleco- The essential dictionary to getting around and learning Chinese.
2.Baidu maps- Maybe the most accurate and up to date map app in China. Essential for getting around.
3.QQ Music- The Spotify of China.
4.WeChat- For messaging, paying for stuff, ordering a taxi, shopping, social media feed. Everyone with a phone in China will have WeChat.
5.Bill Bishop- A concise weekly breakdown of what is going on in China.
6.TheBeijinger.com- The site for expat events, forums and news in Beijing.
7.Robot VPN- A fast and free VPN to get back onto western social media.
8.VPN Express- A premium paid VPN.
9.Astrill- yet another midrange paid VPN.
10.WeiBo- Popular social media and microblogging site.
11.Quizlet- Create flashcards to speed up your vocabulary learning.
12.AnkiDroid- A more long-term option for flash cards that reshuffle back in.
13.Lantern Institute- Video series of level oriented mandarin learning course.
14.Fluent in 3 Months- Benny Lewis method of language learning.
15.Baidu Store- Essential if you are not using a VPN on your phone as google play store is inaccessible.
16.QQ- Popular Chinese instant messaging service.
17.Weibo- Chinese microblogging site.
18.Jing Jobs- Useful site in looking for jobs and internships in China.
19.Lingq- Learning Chinese by reading and listening. Great site for learning languages like Chinese.
20.CCTV- Good listening practise by watching live news and Chinese TV.
21.Didi- Uber of China. Important for getting a reliable taxi ride in difficult spots.
22.E le ma- Oder food to your door with E Le Ma.
23.Wai Mai- Another hugely popular food ordering site.
24.DianPing- Review site for restaurants etc. the Yelp of Chinese sites. Useful for finding great food.
25.Youku- The Chinese version of YouTube.
26.TaoBao- The biggest online shopping site ram packed with bargains.
27.58.com- Mostly used for finding apartments to rent (in Chinese) at local prices.
28.China Daily- Mouth piece and news outlet of the Chinese government.
29.XinHua- Another hugely popular news site.
30.Shanghaiist.com- Expat forum site for those in or thinking about moving to Shanghai.
31.US Embassy Air Quality Monitor- Useful for checking the air quality in order to take precautions.
32.Chinese Pod- Great tool and unique style for learning mandarin
33.China Policy Institute Analysis (UK)- Insightful policy analysis on Chinese affairs. Great for political and business majors.
34.China Reddit- Chinese sub-reddit, not blocked in China.
35.Appetite for China- Popular Chinese food blog.
36.GoKunming.com- Expat site for Kunming residents.
37.Expat.com- Find out more about the city you live in or are looking to go to.
38.Trip Advisor- Great for planning trips. An abundance of great reviews and tips.
39.Maps.me- A maps app that requires no Wi-Fi or data. Be sure to download region before your travels.
40.China-US-Focus- A site that focuses on the evolving US- China relationship.
41.OFO- Cheap and popular bike sharing app.
42.Mobike- Pay more for a better bike sharing app.
43.Blue GoGo- Midrange bike sharing app.
44.Sinocism- News letter analysis on things you need to know about China. Run by previously mentioned Bill Bishop.
45.EChinaCities- Another expat site for those in China or looking to head over.
46.Ctrip- Great app and site for booking flight or train tickets at local prices.
47.BaoPao- Another reliable online shopping site that has an array of bargains.
48.AliPay- Use your phone to pay with Alipay.
49.Cocoon- Free and reliable VPN integrated internet browser.
50.TanTan- China’s Tinder, use with caution.