Editor’s note: A version of this post by Mike Wester first appeared on the Beijinger, a leading source of English-language lifestyle information on the city of Beijing.

Didi Chuxing, the local car hailing app that managed to get Uber to withdraw from the China market (and then discontinued support for Uber’s English interface Nov 26), is soon re-introducing a way to hail a ride in English: this time through their Didi app.

Expats have felt abandoned since support for Uber’s English interface was discontinued late last year, resulting in a convoluted set of difficult choices for the average Beijing-based laowai. While the original international version of Uber still works elsewhere, it does not work here. Didi Chuxing made a local version of Uber available, but in Mandarin only. Finally there is Didi, which is also in Mandarin only.

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