With the release of the iPhone 5 this winter, prepare yourself for another new wave of iPhone frenzy and brand new apps. For those of you who already have one, or are looking to buy, there are a few features you can buy or download for free that will make living in (or visiting) Shanghai a breeze – or at least slightly less headache-inducing. Take a look at five of the best Shanghai apps for your iPhone – for visitors and newbies, they will make you feel like a pro in your new city; and for those old hats out there, they can help you rediscover why you fell in love with Shanghai in the first place!
Cityfu is one of the most popular apps for those who want to be in the know – now. With “real time” information on all the latest parties, happy hours, and events, you can find out everything you need to know while on the move. Its database of venues comes from the ever-popular City Weekend site and it even includes a GPS map that shows you what’s going on nearest your current location.
2) Explore Shanghai
Hands down the best guide to Shanghai’s metro system in existence, Explore Shanghai can show you everything you’ve wanted to know about navigating the subway. Look at the map to figure out where you want to go, then just plug in your starting and ending points. This app will give you the fare price for your journey and tells you when the next subway car is arriving. The best part is it’s constantly updating as more lines are added, so you never have to worry about it being out of date.
Price: 2.49 USD
3) Shanghai Taxi Guide
Not that big into public transportation? No problem – the Shanghai Taxi Guide will help you get to your destination like a pro. Enter in where you want to go, and the app will show you distance from where you are at the moment. It will then give you a reasonable taxi fare based on time, distance, etc. It will even translate your destination into Chinese to show the taxi driver in case your Mandarin isn’t quite up to snuff.
Price: 0.99 USD
4) Catch Your Bus Shanghai
While we’re on the topic of public transportation, the Catch Your Bus Shanghai is the definitive app for the oft complicated (and frustrating) bus system. Search for the number of the bus you want to take (or think you might want to take) and the app will show you its exact route, start to finish. Plug in all the buses near you to find out where you can go on the cheap and feel utterly confident about the journey.
Price: 1.99 USD
5) Smart Shanghai
Yes, everyone’s favourite Shanghai website, Smart Shanghai, now has an app. As you would expect, it includes pretty much everything the website offers but from the convenience of the road – including a database of over 4,000 venues, the latest reader reviews, and those snarky editorials that you know you love to read.
Price: 4.99 USD
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Thought you may be interested. I recently built an iPhone/iPad application for the Shanghai's bus system because none were available... It's called Shanghai Bus Routes and is now in the app store. It'll be useful to people new to the Shanghai buses or those that can't read Chinese.
Jun 11, 2012 18:33 Report Abuse
There is a very useful iPhone app to help you to get around. It is called Shanghai Taxi-Book which gives you the English-Chinese translation of the address you want to go. You just need to show him the address displayed on the screen or use the inbuilt text-to-speech function to tell the Taxi driver where to go and he knows your destination without hassle.
Mar 27, 2012 01:52 Report Abuse