Most useful Apps for expats in Shanghai

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Traveling to Shanghai doesn't have to be a messy situation with unknown words and unfamiliar sites. All you really need is a smartphone and some handy dandy apps that'll get you around town. So, navigate the streets, conquer communication barriers, and know what and where to eat with these 7 useful apps. Keep calm and venture on.

Most useful Apps for expats in Shanghai

1. Explore Shanghai Metro Map

Make the next stop with the help of Explore Shanghai. It features the latest updates on all metro stations, and shows you nearby stops based on your current location. Whether you're switching between Line 2, 4, or 7, this convenient app tells you the exact metro stop to transfer to and get off at, making the metro life simple and easy to use.

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

2. Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Any expat with no Chinese speaking background whatsoever should download Pleco, the best and most resourceful Chinese dictionary app to have. It has an extensive vocabulary directory, allowing you to look up words by Chinese characters, pinyin, or English.

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

3. Oanda Currency Converter

Harness your purchasing power in China by having the latest exchange rates in the market. It has a simple, user-friendly interface, allowing you to easily navigate between different currencies, as well as view currency exchange rates for credit card usage and ATM withdrawals.

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

4. Uber

Yes, there is Uber in China, and it has an English interface. No more hailing a cab or struggling to get to places. Just type in your pick-up address and you've got a ride, ready anywhere and anytime.

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

5. Bon App!

Finally, a restaurant review app that's bilingual in both Chinese and English! Bon App has over 50 million searches and 80,000 restaurant reviews. Its unique "Meet" feature allows you to meet new people through dining events at selected restaurants. Connect, eat, Bon Appetite!

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

6. Bing

When Google doesn't work, Bing is the next best option for searches at home, or on-the-go. Don't know where a place is? Bing it. Need more information about a place or product? Just bing it.

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

7. WeChat

And finally, the most used social app in China, WeChat. Send text messages, chat through voice or video calls, post status updates, subscribe to different types of blogs - what can't you do with WeChat?!

Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free