Chinese Apps

Vendors on Alibaba sites Taobao and Xianyu animate still images of faces to help people create fake dating profiles

Chinese apps tend to integrate social aspects directly into their platforms, to keep user engagement high and increase the amount of time spent in-app.

Even though there's no official definition, cities in China are often informally slotted into four tiers. In general, higher-tier cities are larger and wealthier compared to lower-tier ones. 

Kuaishou is China’s second largest short video app. After growing largely from popularity in China’s rural areas and lower-tier cities, Kuaishou moved into live streaming, ecommerce and long-form videos in the face of more competition.

The app has a variety of functions, but food remains one of the main reasons for using Meituan. Whether it’s ordering bubble tea or finding restaurant deals in your neighborhood, locals go to Meituan whenever they’re hungry. Make reservations during busy hours Find deals in local restaurants Get meals and groceries delivered to your door

WeChat is omnipresent in China. With more than 1 billion monthly active users, the Tencent app is for more than just messaging. You can settle bills, shop online and order food delivery -- all without ever leaving WeChat. Keep in touch with local friends Go cashless with WeChat Pay

Operated by Alibaba, Alipay is one of China’s two dominant payment apps. It’s accepted by most restaurants, supermarkets, and department stores. Friends also use it to send gift money, known as red packets, to each other during the Lunar New Year. Leave your cash at home Get exclusive discounts in select stores

Traveling around China’s biggest cities would be harder without Didi Chuxing. The app is China’s answer to Uber and Lyft, providing users with on-demand cab services in various levels of comfort and luxury. Available in hundreds of Chinese cities Choose from regular taxis and chauffeured sedans

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city. Services like Mobike allows you to pick up a bike whenever you see one, and just leave it at any destination. Best of all, the app is available in English! Get around faster Scan the QR code on a bike to get started