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Top 10 Must Have Apps for Tourists in China

Due to China's implementation of a special network policy, many foreign software, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc., will be blocked in China and cannot be used normally. If you are planning a China trip, you’d better download some useful APPs in your phone before you go in case of need. Here, Top China Travel lists top 10 best apps you must have in China to make your China tour easier.

1. ExpressVPN – Internet Access App

ExpressVPN is a high-speed, ultra-secure, and easy-to-use virtual private network service that offers instant setup and a risk-free access. ExpressVPN is one of best and reliable VPN APPs in the world. It defeats content restrictions and censorship to deliver unlimited access to video, music, social media, and more, from anywhere in the world. It takes $12.95 per month. With a VPN App, you can easily get access to Facebook, Instagram, Google mail, etc. We can offer free VPN app for those who book tour packages with Top China Travel.


2. WeChat (Free) - Free Social App

WeChat is a free chat app for mobiles that offers free video & voice calls, text message, images, stickers, video to assist you stay in contact with friends. It is the most popular social networking app in China and loved by people of all ages. You don’t need to worry about language barriers when communicate with Chinese friends because it has the function of translation. WeChat is much more than just messaging communication. WeChat wallet allows you to link your bank card for payment. Just scan a special QR code, you can easily pay the bill. Locals rarely use cash or card. 


3. Didi Chuxing (Free) – Taxi Calling Platform

Didi Chuxing is the largest Chinese car service platform since it acquired Uber in 2016. With Didi Chuxing, you can ask the driver to pick you up at your location or the place you indicate. Didi Chuxing covers a variety of businesses such as public taxis, private vehicle, shared vehicle, hitch, bus, shared bike and designated driver, each with a different price estimated beforehand. Didi supports the English version, which allows the use of international credit cards as a payment method.


4. Pleco (Free) – Chinese Dictionary

If you need a dictionary to decipher Mandarin, Pleco is the best choice. Pleco is the No. 1 Chinese dictionary app for IOS and Android, with a history of 19 years. You can either look up words in English for the translation, or you can input pinyin or draw the Chinese character to see English translation. Pleco enables you study Chinese and communicate with Chinese people better in the tour. Pleco is a free application with in-app purchases for more advanced features.


5. Metro Man (Free) - Metro China Subway

Subway is the most efficient and convenient public transportation, especially in big cities with frequent traffic jams, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Metro Man App covers 40 cities in the world, including all Chinese cities with subways, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Singapore, etc., making your trip more easier and hassle free. Metro Man provides users with subway information, including metro scheme, station maps, subway schedules, fares, distances, etc.


6. Baidu Map (Free) - Navigation

Baidu Map is a new generation of artificial intelligence map. It is a platform for users to provide intelligent route planning and navigation, location inquiry, real-time road conditions and other services. It supports global voice control, AR real-view navigation and other new interactive modes. Baidu Map is a very useful app for travelers to navigate that places that they want to visit. If you have installed VPN App in your phone, Google Map is an also good choice for navigation.


7. Ctrip (Free) - Hotels & Ticket Booking

Ctrip (the English Version: Trip.com) is one of the most famous travel apps in China for hotels, attraction tickets, train and airplane tickets booking. With more than 1,200,000 hotels at home and abroad, Ctrip is the leading hotel reservation service center in China. You can access all of the information on domestic and international flights and buy discounted flight ticket. The English version app is very friendly to foreigners and supports payments in 22 different currencies.


8. Google Translate (Free) - Translation

In general, many Google services are blocked in China, but Google Translate works fine in China even if you don't have a VPN. Google's free translation service provides translation between Simplified Chinese and more than 100 languages, allowing you to instantly translate words, phrases, and web content. Google Translate supports both online and offline translations. You only need to download the language pack in advance, and you can instantly translate it without a network. It helps you communicate with local people smoothly when travel in china, language barrier is no longer a problem.


9. Cloud Music (Free) - Music Player

NetEase Cloud Music is an application focused on discovering and sharing music. Perhaps you are bored while you are waiting for lineups or long trip in airplane, then listen to your favorite music and have a relax. Due to the network blockade, Spotify and YouTube aren’t available in China and Cloud Music is a good alternative. Cloud Music is available in English, covering songs from all over the world.


10. Youku (Free) – Chinese Youtube

Youku is one of top video platform in china with latest dramas, movies, cartoons, competitions and TV shows of Chinese, Korean and other countries. Youku is a video-sharing website that enables users to search, view, and share high-quality video content across multiple devices. If you have nothing to do at the hotel or airport, you can watch TV and have fun.


Plan Your Visit to China

Visiting China for the first time? Explore our recommendations, such as the 11 Days China Wonders Experience Tour to China's greatest landmarks, or our 8 Days Classic China Tour in the three most popular cities in China.

You can join our group tours to know more people, or just let us know your requirements for this China tour, we will customize a wonderful China tour for you.