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Top apps you need in Shanghai

Top apps you need in Shanghai

Android to Apple

When I moved to Shanghai, I also changed the platform for my phone: For the first time in my life I am using an iPhone. That’s because of one simple reason: The great Chinese (fire) wall. You cannot really access google’s services and I wasn’t sure about the availability of high quality alternatives. Since the phone is about to replace credit cards here, safe sources for apps were my biggest concern.

I still have my old Android phone, and it feels you need a constant VPN connection for it to work properly. Keeping your apps up-to-date is not fun. (Why is a minor incremental app update several hundred megabytes large anyway?!?)

A lot of people here use Android, especially on phones of Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Huawei or Oppo. It works, somehow, but I wasn’t willing to take that risk.

But, without further ado: Here are the top apps you need in Shanghai:

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Arriving in Shanghai: About Bikes and Food

Arriving in Shanghai: About Bikes and Food

My First Days

I can’t believe I am finally here. Shanghai. Together with anything between 19 and 24 million other people. No one really knows. Everyone is mostly stuck in traffic anyway. It’s my second week, and it has been crazy. When I arrived on the first day, we immediately went to sign up for a Chinese phone number: And this phone has been the best investment so far. I’ve just counted, there is a total of 17 new apps now, apps that I didn’t have before.

Bikes

Mandatory of course is everything that helps you navigate the city: maps in Chinese and in Pinyin, the metro, taxi and uber-like services, and my favorite: bikes! They are everywhere. The streets are plastered with bikes in yellow, orange, blue and green. Your app unlocks it immediately and you are good to go. Start and stop where ever you want.

I have not used the taxi when I was moving around town alone since I came here. Currently my answer for everything is the bike. (Let’s see what I say about that in a few days when it’ll be much more than just around 25°C and raining constantly.)

What confused my colleagues was when I asked them to help me order me a helmet on taobao.

“Why do you need it?” / “Well, I ride the bike at least four times every day.” / “I know, but WHY do you want it? No one wears a helmet.”

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