ShanghaiTips & Tricks

Must-have Apps for living in Shanghai

  • MetroMan

This one is essential when you live in Shanghai. It offers you a quick overview of all metro lines.

The subway is the most accessible and fastest transport here. No traffic and thanks to the large underground network you can get anywhere you want to. Fast and cheap, perfect!

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

 

  • SmartShanghai

Smart Shanghai provides daily updated listings of nightlife, dining, community, art events and so much more.

The maps of this application is also very useful. You type in where you want to go and you get the address in English but also in Chinese, very useful if you want to take a taxi. You can also see which subway line you need to take.

You can download this application here (Apple Users). Price: 1,99 EUR.

 

 

  • Translator

By far the best translator for text, speech and even taking pictures.

I have downloaded a lot of them and this is the only one I’m using right now. You don’t need a VPN and another great thing about this one, you don’t need internet.

You just download the languages and you’re all set!

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • BonApp

Bon App does a great job of answering the questions “Where should we go to eat?”,  “Have you eaten there?”, and “What’s good there?”

 

You can select the area you want to go, which kitchen you prefer, see some pictures and read reviews from costumers who have been there before. Dinner-date-time is easy done with this one!

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • Youku

Youku is the Chinese equivalent of YouTube.

If your VPN is down, check out some of the latest and greatest Western and Eastern TV shows on this app.  Or watch some funny Chinese movies, believe me, there are a lot of them.. Perfect on a lazy Sunday!

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • Fields

This is your finest online grocery store here in Shanghai that delivers safe, delicious, high quality and imported groceries directly to your door.

We’re totally done with lugging heavy bags.

Hooray for this one!

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • WeChat

This is the WhatsApp of China, literally everybody is using this here. Very handy for text messaging, social networking, and even video chatting.

But the most useful thing for me are all the added features. You have WeChat Wallet where you can pay almost everywhere. You also can order a taxi, transfer money,… I will write another blog with more info about this one.

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • AirMatters

We all know that the air pollution in China isn’t always that healthy,

so I think it’s very imported that we can check every detail of the air quality.

With this application you can check over 50 countries.

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

 

  • HotspotShield

People who live in Shanghai know how frustrated it can get if we don’t have a good VPN. We can’t check our mails, search on Google, or share our moments on Facebook. I’ve tried different ones and in my opinion this is the best one.

What’s even better is that you just buy a VPN-router. More info soon on our blog!

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • ShanghaiDaily

 

Stay updated with the latest news and information about Shanghai and China.

 

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • BaiduMaps

Apple and Google maps works in Shanghai but again you need a VPN.

With this one you don’t! You just look for the Chinese address (use SmartShanghai if have a hard time finding it) and there you go, the app will guide you in every step of the way!

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • CityWeekend

Check out the hottest events and the best food and drinks deals!

Or maybe you want to know where the best bakeries are in Shanghai or where to find the best brunches? (Please, find one where there is a free flow of champagne!) Perfect sunday: CHECK!

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

 

  • CTrip


Do you want to travel around in China or around the world? Think you’ll need to book a flight, buy train tickets or find a hotel?

We have booked many flights and hotel stays with this one!

 

You can download this application here (Apple Users).

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Do you use some other applications in Shanghai that are useful and aren’t in my list? Please let me know in the comments. Hope you enjoyed reading!

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