8864, a mobile app aiming at helping people find the best bus routes, just announced hitting 5 million downloads.

Why the name 8684? “86” is the telephone country code for China, and “84″ stands for “bus”(in Chinese “84” pronounces like “bus”). Tianqu Technologies, the Guangzhou-based startup behind the app is currently looking for a new round of funding.

8684 is available for both iOS and Android devices, and the 30,000 entries of bus information provide by it cover 446 Chinese cities. Every day the app timely updates over 300 routes in 20 cities. Apart from the routes and maps, based on GPS it can also keep track and remind you of the whereabouts of your bus. What’s more, the service now can be used offline as well.

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