Moving to a foreign country is exciting, but for all the anticipation of a new life, it can also seem intimidating and daunting. I can help you with a variety of information using our listings and articles on www.facebook.com/shenzhenguide but you’ll also need other help to live your best life. Here are some recommendations to help you thrive.
First Things First!
Save your Chinese address! Get a local friend or colleague to help you save your Chinese address in your phone – putting it in “Notes” or in your WeChat “Favorites” keeps it handy. You’ll need this to set up any delivery account, taxis, DiDi or forms.Once you’ve set up your bank account in China, set up your WeChat Wallet by linking your bank card to your WeChat account. You will never need cash again.
Let’s Read Chinese (without a single lesson)!
Can’t read a menu or a sign? Need help with your haircut and they don’t speak English? There are apps for that!WeChat will help you communicate with people, find resources, and also translate for you. Click the top right three dots, Scan, then Translate. You can take a photo or click the small ‘photo’ icon to translate a photo in your album.
Baidu Translate is a photo translation app that you can also use for conversation. You can take a photo or translate one already in your photo album. Sometimes the Baidu translation comes out better than WeChat’s.
Let’s Get Around!
The Shenzhen metro system is one of the best in China; it’s efficient, covers throughout SZ and it’s cheap. There are many apps to be able to navigate the metro system. Even though it’s convenient however, you may want to take a car. That’s where DiDi comes in.
There are three useful apps for the metro system. Explore Shenzhen is the easiest to comprehend. For SZ Metro Map and Metro Shenzhen Subway, you may need to know the names of the metro stations.
Download the DiDi app to get a car or taxi, all in English. Most destinations can be found in their pre-loaded venues. If you have problems downloading DiDi app from your App Store, contact them at email@example.com.
Let’s Go Shopping!
There are many WeChat Official Accounts and Mini Programs where you’ll be able to get info about everything we will mention. To find them, open WeChat, go to the ‘Search’ bar at the top, and type in what you’re looking for. Many times, they are one word. For example: DiDi English in WeChat can be found as “didien” or GZ Rams is ‘gzrams”. Click “Search”, then click the icon that looks like a lopsided redstar for mini programs and official accounts.
You’ll hear a lot of people mention TaoBao, China’s most popular way to buy things. Foreigners have BaoPals, a WeChat and website (www.baopals.com) store in multiple languages! It doesn’t have EVERY item as TaoBao, but most things you’re looking for.
NoGoGo sells many imported foods. It’s a WeChat and online (www.nogogo.cn) store. There is a minimum spending amount and most goods in general will arrive within 24-48 hours after being dispatched from the warehouse in Shenzhen.
If you’re a fan of cheese, check out Cheese Republic’s WeChat mini program. Located in Shanghai, they can deliver within 24-48 hours.
Sam’s Club is an international chain that you can shop at using their app, which you can change the language to in English. Just search Sam’s Club China in your app store. Membership is 260RMB.
Let’s Be Lazy!
WaiMai Meituan is one of China’s largest food delivery apps. It’s all in Chinese so you may need a local friend or colleague to help you set up your profile. For anything you don’t understand, take screenshots and translate the photos.
This is like the above takeaway APP but it is fully in English with English customer service. Very useful for those who do not speak Chinese. You can sign here here https://shenzheneat.com/
DreamTV will be your television lifesaver, offering over 500 channels and 5000 pre-saved movies and TV shows. You’ll pay a deposit for a box and a quarterly fee. It’s very easy to set up and connect to your internet router. You can contact them on WeChat ID: antigfw
If you have a package to send, you can visit SF Express in English by their website, http://www.sfexpress.com/cn/en/ and you’ll need to register your account. Enter your information as the cosigner and then enter the receiver’s information. You can send multiple packages to multiple addresses and they come to your home to pick up the packages. Pay the shipping fees by WeChat and they’ll give you a tracking number.
Let’s Be Social! InterNations is a global website, www.internations.org, which connects expats in cities around the world. You can add “friends” to communicate with each other and attend monthly networking events. Pay a small annual membership fee or join for free. Membership includes a discount for their events.
Wechat Events groups
There are many expat groups sharing events and meetups. I myself have several of my own. You can connect with me to join Connect with me
Website with lots of events and information about Shenzhen http://shenzhenevents.com/