With expats from all around the world, living in Shanghai is more than an assignment, posting or job—it’s an experience.
Our hope at Abundant Grace is that you don’t just approach your move to Shanghai with a temporary outlook—but that you connect and thrive during your time here to the vibrant, international community that calls Shanghai home. Below are some resources and suggested materials to help get you started with your time here! Let the adventure begin!
Community Center Shanghai (CCS) connects international residents through social, educational and charitable programs to the people, culture and energy of China. The Center offers a variety of resources including cross-cultural orientation and training, professional counseling, adult education, charity programs and social connections for youth. If you’re new we especially recommend checking out their Shanghai 1-2-3, a free half-day orientation to all things Shanghai.
Explore Shanghai Metro: iTunes / Android
(Works offline; Routeplanner, GPS, Google Maps; English and Chinese included.) This app is excellent for finding your way around the city and knowing how long various subway routes will take.
Shanghai Taxi Guide: iTunes
Find address, phone, hours and website info for thousands of restaurants, services, companies etc in Shanghai. A big bold taxi card will help you tell a taxi driver exactly where you need to go.
Wechat: iTunes / Android
This is the Chinese multi purpose social media platform that provides text, hold to talk broadcast messaging and video conferencing. It also provides payment services and a feature called “Moments” that is like FB/Instagram. FREE iOS & Android