11. Listening to music: Xiami (虾米)

A great thing about Chinese music apps is that streaming is free and even paid content is usually inexpensive. Xiami has a great selection of foreign and local artists. In recent years the service has decided to add more niche content by featuring emerging musicians with original music.

Xiami is just one of the great apps available on the market and so far the only one which is partially translated into English. Check out other great Chinese music apps.

Available in English

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12. Watching TV: iQiyi (爱奇艺)

Image credit: iQiyi

Image credit: iQiyi show Rap in China

The Netflix of China, iQiyi is the main stop for streaming movies, TV shows, and other video content. Much like music streaming services, video streaming in China comes with great prices and a wealth of content. Much like its American peers, iQiyi is also turning to original content production.

For those of you who are missing YouTube too much, Youku Tudou (优酷土豆) is an option to try.

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13. Dating: Tantan (探探)

Chinese answer to Tinder Tantan is the biggest dating app in China. It works through the location-based service mechanism and matches you with the person that has been to the same place you’ve been to. The app pushes the match based on user’s common tags: same hobbies and interests as well as visiting the same places, according to this inside report.

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Available in English

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On Android

14. Finding your way: Amap (高德地图)

Screenshot from Amap.

Screenshot from Amap.

To help you find your date or anything else for that matter, you’re going to need a good map. Amap works as a great replacement to Google Maps and it will be a crucial addition to many apps on this list that rely on location-based services.

Not available in English

On Apple

On Android

15. Being understood: Pleco / Baidu Translate (百度翻译)

Finally, one more truly indispensable app every visitor to China needs is a good dictionary. Pleco is not only one of the best Chinese-English dictionaries available, it also has a free feature called Screen Reader which conveniently enables you to translate Chinese characters in any app on your phone. Pleco also offers useful add-ons such as the Optical Character Reader that lets you scan Chinese texts.

Ever wonder what are all those strange SMS messages you keep receiving from unknown numbers? Baidu Translate will finally reveal the mystery (spoiler: it’s train ticket and “fapiao” scalpers, sometimes pimps).

Available in English: Yes

On Apple: Pleco, Baidu Translate

On Android: Pleco, Baidu Translate

Did we forget anything? Are we missing your favorite app? Let us know in the comments below!