General Information about Living in China. “Wuhan – China” is a government site covering information on Visas, Postal & Telecommunication Services, Hubei Scenic Spots, Religious Regulations, Resolving Legal Disputes, Investment, International Schooling, Local News…and lots more. http://english.wh.gov.cn/
Forum and Expat Group. “Wuhantime” is the longest running forum for Expats in Wuhan and is a plentiful source of information, with an up-to-date forum for people living in Wuhan. There are lots of categories, so it might take a while to find exactly what you’re looking for -but perseverance is the key! And if you really can’t find it, then just put up a post on the forum. http://www.wuhantime.com/
Forum and Expat Group. “Wuhanexpat” is a relatively new expat forum with growing membership. http://wuhanexpat.com/
Forum and Expat Group. “Wuhanbuzz” was launched in May 2012. They have a business directory, posts from local foreign bloggers, a forum, and they organize Networking Events aimed at local and foreign businesses. http://www.wuhanbuzz.com
English Newspaper. “WH -China” is an online local English newspaper, which has also released a weekly printed version called the ChangJiang (Yangtze River) Weekly. For online news about Wuhan and Hubei check out http://www.wh-china.com/. Subscription to their weekly English newspaper is currently FREE. To get your copy just send your name and address to email@example.com. The newspaper is distributed every Friday.
Online Groceries. “Gourmet Staples” is a Wuhan online green grocer (in English), specializing in gourmet foreign products and a selection of specially picked local products -which are delivered to your door! So -if you’re looking for some white truffle salsa, haloumi cheese, Australian red gum honey, dried dill leaf tips or organic unbleached white flour -you’ve found the right site! Their ultimate aim “is to introduce more locally produced natural and certified organic produce to the basket from both regional China and international markets.” Check out this site with a heart and social conscience for their whole selection http://www.gourmetstaples.com/
Volunteer Group. China Endangered Culture Protector (CECP) is an International Volunteer group based in Wuhan working to study, promote and hence protect the endangered or less popular parts of Chinese Culture, especially in central China area. They organize trips, expeditions, field surveys, seminars and social events, take photos, record videos and audios, and write articles. They believe the best way to protect the endangered culture is to let more people know they exist, and understand the real value of them. http://www.wuhantime.com/cecp.htm
Taxi-Book . This is a handy little app for iPads/iPhones/iPod Touch (they’re still working on Android). It enables you to know thousands of key locations in 24 Chinese cities, gives you GPS and even speaks Chinese for you. It’s basically the digital version of business cards. I have it, and it’s pretty darn handy. You can download the Wuhan version for US$4.99 at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wuhan-taxi-book/id435476015?mt=8
China Drive App. Here’s a great free app for iphone/ipod/ipad users who are trying to pass your Chinese drivers license written test. It gives you 100 questions in 45 minutes, then tells you your score and the correct responses to the questions you got wrong. This handy little app is recommended by one of our very own ladies! It can be found at the http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/id370324680?mt=8&ls=1
Online Shopping. There are loooaaadddsss of Chinese shopping sites that, for those of us who aren’t all that good at working out the squiggly characters, might slip us buy. However, if you have any Chinese friends -grab one and ask for some help! Here are a few sites which are very popular: 1) www.taobao.com -sells pretty much everything, similar to e.bay with both private sellers and companies. Pay first policy. 2) www.tmall.com -this is actually bigger than taobao, but unlike it they do not have private suppliers, only big companies and brands. Pay first policy. 3) www.amazon.cn – DVD’s/books/clothes/toys etc. Free delivery and offers cash on delivery service. 4) www.dangdang.com – apparently more even popular than amazon! Free delivery over 29rmb purchases and offers pay on delivery service. 5) www.360buy.com – it’s major draw-card is that if something breaks you can send it back and they will fix/replace it within 5 days. Also has payment upon delivery plus a “lowest price wins” system so that if, between the time of purchase and the time of shipment, the price of the item decreased, you will pay the lowest price for the item! 6) www.ikea.com/cn – This probably needs no introduction, however you will need to select a specific Ikea store (ie: Chengdu) and purchase & deliver through them. There will be a fixed shipping price which means you can let loose on your purchasing -or combine orders with a friend to get the maximum amount of stuff for the same shipping cost Don’t forget to also check out www.youku.com -the Chinese “Youtube” with the latest Chinese movies and drama series!
China Air Pollution Index App. Perhaps a rather relevant app for iPhones and iPads This free app gives you “Real-time broadcasting air quality index and air pollution index of 120 major cities in China, the data used comes from the U.S. Embassy and China MEP”. Download from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/
Waygo App. Understanding what you’re ordering has never been easier! Scan your phone over the name of your dish on the menu dishes for immediate translation This free app is available in iTunes for iPhone 3GS+ and iPad 2+ running iOS 5.0+. Can identify clear Chinese text but not stylized or calligraphy. Download at https://itunes.apple.com/.