Here’s my top 5 apps for China (at least the ones that I think they are the most useful)
1. A VPN APP
As you probably know, as soon as you will put your feet on the chinese territory, you won’t have access to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… So to keep using internet as you used to you will need a VPN.
- Betternet (free)
- Astrill (it’s not free but it could be a better choice if you plan to stay in China more than few weeks.
2. A DICTIONNARY
If you are like me and you don’t know how to speak, read or write chinese, you will need this kind of apps.
- HanYou (free on google store but apparently not free anymore on itunes, don’t know why) The big advantage of this app is that you can take picture of chinese character to traslate it or you also can draw it.
- Pleco The google store version of Pleco is really better than the itunes one. On iphone you can only use Pleco as the dictionnary but on android you could draw the chinese character to translate it.
3. THE CAMERA APP
The Camera app is one of the most useful app when you are in a country where you can not speak the local language. So it’s useful in restaurant to show then what you want to eat, in the hari dresser to show wich kind of haircut you want…
If you want to travel in China, that’s the app you need. With this app you can book flights, hotels, and trains. Even if to book a train ticket it’s more easy to use the counter of an hotel. Like that you won’t need to queue at the train station to get out your ticket.
In this app you can download many cities included the big chinese cities. With this app you could calculate your itinerary and you don’t need an internet connection to use it.
I’m going to give you an extra one.
If you want to connect with chinese people, this app will probably be useful for you. It’s a kind of WhatsApp, so it has the same functionalities with few more like the localisation of people using the app around you… So if you want to keep in touch with some people you would have met you will need this app.