Why is Wechat so important?
You need it to connect free Wi-Fi at many Chinese Airports.
Many Chinese Airports require you using Chinese Cell phone number to receive a passcode or using Wechat ID to build Wi-Fi connections. New students normally do not have a Chinese cell phone number so you have to use your Wechat ID to connect Airport Wi-Fi.
Wechat is a chatting App and is the most commonly used App in China. We strongly suggest you install it before you leave your country/region. It is now a part of Chinese life.
You need it to connect Airport free Wi-Fi.
You need it to contact your driver in case you are unable to find him at Airport.
Kakao Talk and LINE may not work properly in China. If you do not know how to install Wechat, click here.
Youtube does not work in Mainland China
Google, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter,………. and VPN
Google does not work properly in China.
Google search, Gmail, Google drive, Google maps, ……. and Onedrive do not work properly in China.
Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter also do not work properly in China.
VPN is a facility allows you to access Google, Facebook, and Twitter in China.
Some VPN are paid services and some are free. VPN also might not work properly in China especially on campus.
You can download VPN from google / Apple store.
VPN is not a stable service in China. You do need to find alternative solutions.
www.baidu.com is the search engine commonly used in China. (It is hard to search English contents as it is designed for local Chinese only.)
You can use Baidu map to direct you. (It works well in China, Only in China)
You can use alternative email service provider like Outlook.
Ordering a Chinese Cellphone SIM (Optional)
Get a Chinese SIM prior to your departure.
At some Chinese Airports, You have to use a Chinese number to receive a passcode to connect Airport Wi-Fi.
You may need to contact the driver after landing as sometimes it is hard to find him.
▼Some Universities will send you a free SIM with their Admission letter.
Some Visa agencies in the USA also provide you with a free Chinese SIM.▲