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WAB Learns

Newbies: Apps

A guide for teachers and their families new to WAB / Beijing

Appy Hour presentation

Getting Around


Many Chinese phones run on Android, so getting around here with Android is no problem. You might need to install Google Play Services on your phone using a VPN first.

Other ways to get Android apps for your phone: 


There are WeChat groups for almost everything including nationality specific chats, district specific buy/sell furniture, kids items, electricals as well as ayi/driver hire, support type WeChat communities for things such as IVF, rare blood type, gluten free, vegan, and interest groups such as animal rescue, gardening, crockpot recipes etc etc etc 

Other Suggestions

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More App suggestions

1) Apple maps - it's brilliant. Gives accurate realtime info about bus and metro. Also, lots of local info to search for restaurants and services.
2) JSS  - Jinshishong. It's another food delivering app. I prefer it to Sherpas.
3) Xoom - PayPal money transferring service. Makes it easy to transfer money from home to China
4) Air Matters - another pollution app. It's good to compare
5) Windfinder app - if you are really nerdy about predicting air pollution
6) PressReader / Sora - for books, papers, magazines etc.
7) Lonely Planet Guides - download free maps and city guides. Includes many Chinese cities and other Asian cities.
8) - great app for booking planes, trains, and accommodation in China / Asia
9) / AirBNB - also great for other options for accommodation
10) Culture Trip - Brilliant app for giving lots of ideas for things to in Beijing and beyond.
11) Geocaching - fun, alternative way to get to know your new city.
12) Sortly - App I used for cataloging all my stuff before shipment.
13) Libib - app I used for cataloging all my books
14) discogs -  app I used for cataloging all my records
15) QQ music - china's version of Spotify

Shopping & Dining