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Staying Connected

Apps and websites act as the oil that enables our families, groups and community to run smoothly. You can keep up to date with what is happening at school, in the community and across the city, as well as keeping in touch with your home country and friends and family spread across the world.

 

The Great Firewall of China

Before you arrive in Shanghai it is a very good idea to purchase Virtual Private Network (VPN) software to enable you to access websites that are deemed undesirable by the Chinese Government.

The Parent Essentials button links you to The British International School Shanghai Website and all that you need to know about school life.  Sign up for the weekly newsletter and you will keep up to date with what’s been happening in school and forthcoming events.

WeChat

is similar to Facebook , but it doesn’t need a VPN.    It is a great way to keep in touch with other members of the family as well as groups of friends.  WeChat also has a translate option which you will find really useful particularly when talking to your ayi or driver.

Youku

Entertainment is a Chinese version of Netflix.  It is free and plays English language TV and films.

Douban

is a website, app and radio station that’s a popular way to access music sharing.

Uber

taxi's on demand is a reliable way for you to travel around the city.  There is a range of services and payment is automatic through the Uber app. 

On Line shopping

Taobao is a very popular online retailer and is a cross between amazon and e-bay. The Community Centre Shanghai run a popular workshop to help you get started on Taobao.

On line food shopping is a very convenient way to buy your weekly shopping. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News websites

For the latest news and views in Shanghai the following online publications will keep you up to date. There are blogs and online forums as well as classified sections where you can buy and sell household items, locate ayis, drivers and baby equipment.

Shfamily

Cityweekend

Shanghai mamas

Shanghai Daily

Smartshanghai

Timeout Shanghai

Enjoy Shanghai

Shanghai Expat

guytai

 

Useful links

www.uber.com/cities/shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a guide to some of the apps and links we find useful living here in Shanghai.

The Great Firewall of China

Before you arrive in Shanghai it is a very good idea to purchase Virtual Private Network (VPN) software to enable you to access websites that are deemed undesirable by the Chinese Government.

The Parent Essentials button links you to The British International School Shanghai Website and all that you need to know about school life.  Sign up for the weekly newsletter and you will keep up to date with what’s been happening in school and forthcoming events.

WeChat is similar to Facebook , but it doesn’t need a VPN.    It is a great way to keep in touch with other members of the family as well as groups of friends.  WeChat also has a translate option which you will find really useful particularly when talking to your ayi or driver.

Youku- Entertainment is a Chinese version of Netflix.  It is free and plays English language TV and films.

Douban is a website, app and radio station that’s a popular way to access music sharing.

Uber- taxi s on demand is a reliable way for you to travel around the city.  There is a range of services and payment is automatic through the Uber app. 

On Line shopping

Taobao is a very popular online retailer and is a cross between amazon and e-bay. The Community Centre Shanghai run a popular workshop to help you get started on Taobao.

On line food shopping is a very convenient way to buy your weekly shopping.  [link to useful links on the shopping page]

 

 

 

 

 

 

News websites

For the latest news and views in Shanghai the following online publications will keep you up to date. There are blogs and online forums as well as classified sections where you can buy and sell household items, locate ayis, drivers and baby equipment.

Shfamily

Cityweekend

Shanghai mamas

Shanghai Daily

Smartshanghai

Timeout Shanghai

Enjoy Shanghai

Shanghai Expat

guytai

 

Useful links

www.uber.com/cities/shanghai