Coming to China? Here’s your one page resource list

Beijing, China - March 26 - The Meridian Gate at the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) 2010

Here’s a whole bunch of resources for China travelers and Ex-pats, enjoy.

Travel Inspiration
Trover features an easy to use pinterest style interface for perusing travel photos of China, plus map
http://www.trover.com

Travel Booking
http://english.ctrip.com (accommodation and flights – has English speaking booking service)
http://www.elong.net (accommodation and flights)

Trains
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

Intercity Buses
http://www.chinabusguide.com/

Emergency phone Numbers/ Useful numbers (travel complaints etc.)
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/useful-telephone.htm

Wikipedia
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.
http://www.tripadvisor.com
http://www.lonelyplanet.com
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/china

Travel Q&A
Travellr has a small but helpful community, not as active as Tripadvisor, but it still may be quite useful:
http://travellr.com/locations/480/map-of-china

The leader in travel Q&A, the China forum has some fantastically helpful members
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g294211-i642-China.html

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.

Restaurant reviews
http://www.dianping.com/ (Chinese – use Bing translator)

Local Recipes
http://meishij.net (Chinese)
http://www.xinshipu.com/ (Chinese)

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

Travel Blogs
http://www.travelpod.com/.. China
http://www.wildchina.com/blog/
https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/China/
Blog posts from the team at Context Travel feature detailed guides on visiting the top attractions at Beijing and Shanghai.
http://blog.contexttravel.com/category/beijing/
http://blog.contexttravel.com/category/shanghai/

Travel Guides and Phrasebooks
Check out my curated list of books, apps and more here

Alternatives to Google services
Bookmarking
http://getpocket.com – accessible from anywhere, pc,tablet, smartphone. Works a treat.

Maps
http://www.mapquest.com/
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

Translate
http://translate.baidu.com/ (there’s also an English app for smartphones)
http://www.bing.com/translator/
http://fanyi.youdao.com/
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

VPN – so you can access Google services, facebook/Twitter, and almost everything outside of China.
VYPR VPN.
ExpressVPN.

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

Music
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..)

Social Apps
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.

Learning Chinese
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

Humor
http://shanghaiist.com offbeat China news
http://i.youku.com/u/UMTI5Mzc0MDcxMg== TMD/MAMAHUHU the Shanghai-based comedy sketch group

History
http://condensedchina.com will get you started

Culture guides
http://www.middlekingdomlife.com/ has a lot of info on dating and living in China
http://www.sinosplice.com – Language and culture

Visa info
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa.htm
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/zgqz/

Know some more? Please let me know and I’ll add them in 🙂