With expats from all around the world, living in Shanghai is more than an assignment, posting or job—it’s an experience.
Our hope at Abundant Grace is that you don’t just approach your move to Shanghai with a temporary outlook—but that you connect and thrive during your time here to the vibrant, international community that calls Shanghai home. Below are some resources and suggested materials to help get you started with your time here! Let the adventure begin!
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Community Center Shanghai (CCS) connects international residents through social, educational and charitable programs to the people, culture and energy of China. The Center offers a variety of resources including cross-cultural orientation and training, professional counseling, adult education, charity programs and social connections for youth. If you’re new we especially recommend checking out their Shanghai 1-2-3, a free half-day orientation to all things Shanghai.
Explore Shanghai Metro: iTunes / Android (Works offline; Routeplanner, GPS, Google Maps; English and Chinese included.) This app is excellent for finding your way around the city and knowing how long various subway routes will take.
Shanghai Taxi Guide: iTunes Find address, phone, hours and website info for thousands of restaurants, services, companies etc in Shanghai. A big bold taxi card will help you tell a taxi driver exactly where you need to go.
Hi Shanghai: iTunes Find address, phone, hours and website info for thousands of restaurants, services, companies etc in Shanghai. A big bold taxi card will help you tell a taxi driver exactly where you need to go. Similar to Shanghai Taxi App but is FREE!
快的打车 kuaidedache: iTunes / Android Need a taxi? Use this app from anywhere—it automatically detects your location (and no pesky ¥4 added!). The app is all in Chinese, but a quick overview of what the buttons mean from a Chinese speaker will be enough for anyone to keep using the app in the future. Keep a list of the Chinese names you locations you frequent or copy and paste addresses from one of the handy apps above! This app is a huge time-saver especially if you’re someplace with a lot of other people also looking to get a taxi.
Air Quality China: iTunes / Android & China Air Quality Index: iTunes / Android Heard horror stories about the air quality outside? These two apps will help you to be in-the-know about the air you’re breathing at all times.