What is WeChat and why is it essential in China?
Imagine an app where you can chat to your friends anywhere in the world by voice or text. You can make phone or video calls to them wherever they are. You can share your favourite pictures of your latest meal with your contacts and see their holiday videos on a live feed all while liking and commenting on the posts.
You can join chat groups about anything from football to learning Chinese. You can find the latest jobs in your field and apply for them. You can walk into any shop and pay for your goods with a scan of a QR code. You can order a takeaway to your door. Unlock a ride from one of the many bike sharing schemes or get a taxi if you’re going a bit further. Book a plane or train ticket then sort the hotel at the same time.
Send your live location to your friends if they can’t find the restaurant so they can get to you by GPS. Play online games and compete for the highest score. Search for love. Pay your credit card or top up your phone and send and receive money with contacts in seconds wherever they are for free.
Welcome to WeChat. The app that does all of this and more!