Here’s a whole bunch of resources for China travelers and Ex-pats, enjoy.
Trover features an easy to use pinterest style interface for perusing travel photos of China, plus map
http://seat61.com loads of advice on train journeys, train types, stations, seating configurations and more.
http://www.chinahighlights.com Book China train tickets online
http://www.cnvol.com/ – searchable train schedules
http://en.wikipedia.org/../../../File:Rail_map_of_China.svg – Rail network map including High Speed Rail
Emergency phone Numbers/ Useful numbers (travel complaints etc.)
Wiki Travel China
Wikipedia > China
http://baike.baidu.com/ – the Chinese version of wikipedia – you’ll need to use a translate tool, which won’t work so well, but you maybe be able to garner some info on matters of interest
Travel Guides & Tips
http://www.travelchinaguide.com brief and to the point, fact filled guides on cities and attractions.
Travellr has a small but helpful community, not as active as Tripadvisor, but it still may be quite useful:
The leader in travel Q&A, the China forum has some fantastically helpful members
Social News Sharing
http://www.reddit.com/r/China/ – I wouldn’t take anything to serious, unless it’s marked [serious], for expats this is one place you probably wanna be joined in on, just to keep sane on long stays.
City Guides – Events, nightlife, jobs and local life + Travel
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/ Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Beijing
http://echinacities.com – all major cities and more.
http://online.thatsmags.com/ – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen
http://www.smartshanghai.com/ – Shanghai
http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/ – Chengdu
http://www.gokunming.com/en/ – Kunming
http://www.farwestchina.com/ – Xinjiang and the Silk Road travel guide
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ – Hong Kong – possibly one of the best city specific destination guides there is, the app is awesome too.
http://www.dianping.com/ (Chinese – use Bing translator)
Chinese Cuisine guides
http://www.howtoorderchinesefood.com/ – a guide to ordering food with translations
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/ – Introduces the popular cuisines
http://www.chinesestreetfood.com/ – A Field Guide to Chinese Street Food
https://www.cspinet.org/nah/chinese.html – Calorie and sodium guide
Blog posts from the team at Context Travel feature detailed guides on visiting the top attractions at Beijing and Shanghai.
Travel Guides and Phrasebooks
Check out my curated list of books, apps and more here
Alternatives to Google services
http://getpocket.com – accessible from anywhere, pc,tablet, smartphone. Works a treat.
http://translate.baidu.com/ (there’s also an English app for smartphones)
http://www.linedict.com/dict.html#/cnen/ – en<>cn dictionary
http://hanpingchinese.com – [smartphone app] super useful Chinese dictionary
http://www.pleco.com – [smartphone app] just like above, with a few more features
Watch Video – most have a lot of English language content, there are also some HK movies with English subs
http://www.tudou.com/ Chinese Youtube
http://youku.com/ Chinese Youtube
http://www.pptv.com/ (downlaod required) watch movies and TV series
http://qvod.com/ (download required) watch movies and TV series
http://music.baidu.com/ (Chinese – you can use English in the search box and find just about everything, to listen and download for free, hmmm..)
http://wechat.com – a great way to keep connected with people you meet, there’s an English version and it has translate feature.
http://imqq.com – very few people use email, everyone has QQ. It has many features, mostly used for chat and file sharing.
https://www.duolingo.com – a really cool, simple and free app. If you find someone to teach you Chinese, this is also useful for providing structure for your learning.
More listed here
http://condensedchina.com will get you started
Know some more? Please let me know and I’ll add them in 🙂