China Sourcing Must-Have App: 20 Most Useful Kits!

As you know, China is one of the biggest suppliers in the world. But it is not easy to travel or purchase conveniently in China.

Even seasoned buyers may struggle with communication because they are not familiar with local rules and customs.

Therefore, the editor has compiled some popular Apps in China for everyone. If you want to import some products from China, you can also learn about China through these apps, which can solve many problems for you. Hope these apps can help you have a pleasant journey in the most populous country in the world.

1. Chat APP

1.1 We-chat 

We-chat is the most widely used Chinese communication and the social platform integrates instant messaging and social entertainment, bringing a mobile digital lifestyle on an easy-to-use app. Users get to engage in real-time communications via free text and multimedia messages, make voice/video calls, or share photos on their “Moments.”

Continuously evolving to address users’ needs, We-chat also offers the Official Accounts for individuals and enterprises to share original content and provide services on We-chat open platform, the Mini Programs that seamlessly connect service providers with We-chat users without a need to download from users’ end, and the mobile payment service We-chat Pay to create a digital and smart living experience on-the-go.


We chat agent


We-chat had more than 1.2 billion monthly active users. It has evolved into a connector and open platform across industries, connecting users, with smart devices, and with business services. If you go to China to import, be sure to download this app. You can even pay with We-chat. Using We-chat can effectively contact many suppliers.

1.2 Tencent QQ 

Besides WeChat, QQ is also the most used chat app, an instant messaging and social platform for PC and mobile users. QQ supports online chat, video and voice calls, point-to-point file transfer, QQ mailbox, and many other functions. In addition, Tencent provides TIM (office version QQ), which helps to improve enterprise efficiency.


Tencent QQ supplier

Tencent QQ


2. Food Booking App

2.1 Eleme

With the development of science and technology, the model of food delivery has developed rapidly in China. Many people can eat hot meals without leaving home. Compared with European food delivery on foot, Chinese food delivery riders use electric vehicles to deliver food, and the efficiency is also very high.

From the merchant’s order to the customer’s meal, the fastest time is 25 minutes. Takeout is convenient and fast, and the epidemic has affected dine-in. More and more people choose to order takeout to meet their daily dietary needs. Eleme, Meituan is the two giants of Chinese food delivery. If you come to China, I suggest you try it.

As the epidemic continues, China’s food delivery industry has undergone new changes.

  • The “isolation economy” represented by takeaway is accelerating the development
  • The concept of “everything comes to your home” is gradually emerging
  • Continuous promotion of “contactless delivery”


Eleme manufacturer


2.2 Meituan

Meituan is an e-commerce platform for service in China. Using technology to connect consumers and merchants, our service offerings address people’s daily needs for food and extend further to a wide range of lifestyle and travel services.

Now, Meituan has 250 million users, more than 500,000 active delivery riders, and covers more than 1,300 cities. You can find suppliers in almost every place use it. For example: Yiwu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Qingdao.


Meituan bulk



3. Shopping App

3.1 Taobao

Taobao is a popular online shopping and retail platform in China, with more than 500 million users, more than 60 million regular visitors per day, and more than 800 million items online every day, with an average of 48,000 items sold every minute.


Taobao agent


3.2 JD

JD is a comprehensive online retailer in China. It is one of the most popular and influential e-commerce websites in China’s e-commerce field. It sells home appliances, digital communications, computers, household goods, clothing, mother and baby, books, and food online. , online travel and other 12 categories, tens of thousands of brands, and millions of high-quality products.


JD exporter


3.3 Vipshop

Vipshop is a well-known Internet online sales brand discount products in China, covering famous clothing shoes and bags, beauty, mother and baby, home and other major categories. The interface design of Vipshop is relatively simple and elegant, and people are less disturbed while browsing the products.

Vipshop also has a relatively complete range of products, ranging from daily necessities to household appliances. Vipshop can satisfy many aspects of our lives, such as buying clothes, shoes and bags, cosmetics, food, and overseas purchasing. The price is relatively reasonable and the quality is guaranteed.


Vipshop supplier


If you download the above-recommended apps for the first time and want to buy suitable and affordable products, be sure to read the following strategies carefully, it can help you find excellent stores and enjoy the joy of shopping in China.


  • Pay attention to the opening period of the store
    On each platform, you can see the store’s opening years, and the level is definitely not the same as the reputation. Therefore, to look at the strength of the seller, not only how many diamonds it has, but also the time of opening the store.
  • Pay attention to the store level
    Rating is definitely not equal to praise! If a shop is a crown shop, but the positive rate is only 90%, the reputation is definitely not as good as a diamond shop with a 100% positive rating! Just click the diamond icon anywhere in the store to see the store’s credit.
  •  How to identify fake reputation and praise?
    Here are a few effective ways to judge. If a large number of transactions are successful transactions, then praise. But the buyer did not write a message. This situation is also typical of brushing credit. Because of the real buyers, there will always be some people who have comments or words of thanks.


4. Transportation App

4.1 Didi

DiDi offers a wide range of app-based services across markets including Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Africa, including ride-hailing, taxi-hailing, chauffeur, hitch, and other forms of shared mobility as well as auto solutions, food delivery, intra-city freight, and financial services.

DiDi provides car owners, drivers, and delivery partners with flexible work and income opportunities. It is committed to collaborating with policymakers, the taxi industry, the automobile industry, and the communities to solve the world’s transportation, environmental, and employment challenges through the use of AI technology and localized smart transportation innovations.

DiDi strives to create better life experiences and greater social value, by building a safe, inclusive and sustainable transportation and local services ecosystem for cities of the future.


DiDi supplier


Travel service:

  • Didi Express
  • Didi Premier
  • Didi Taxi
  • Didi Hitch
  • Didi Enterprise Solutions
  • Didi Bus
  • Didi Designated Driving
  • DidiLuxe
  • Didi Bike
  • Didi Freight


4.2 Baidu

  • Support Wi-Fi, WAP, NET and other network access methods

Baidu has its own positioning service, providing base station, Wi-Fi and GPS composite positioning.


  • With the least traffic and the fastest speed:

Provide more than 240 city-by-city offline map packages, support Wi-Fi direct download and PC import two ways to download and install, saving you more than 90% of the traffic, while greatly improving search, browsing speed and experience.


  • To help you find the place you want:

In addition to searching for locations, businesses, and bus stops, it also provides information on surrounding life such as restaurants, entertainment, transportation, and banks. In addition to basic information such as addresses and telephone numbers, it also provides rich information such as special dishes and business hours.


  • Guide how to get to your destination:

Integrate the powerful route planning capabilities of Baidu Maps, provide three travel modes of public transportation, driving, and walking, and also support travel time estimation and real-time road condition query, making your travel more worry-free.


Baidu agent



4.3 Amap

If you are accustomed to using Google Maps, you should get rid of this notion when purchasing in China. Because Google Maps in China is full of uncertainty. Therefore, it is recommended that you download Amap, which can recognize the English words you enter and navigate for you very well.

For a mobile phone map product, location search and route provision can be said to be the most basic services and a function that users value most.

In this regard, Amap is more user-friendly, not only allows us to enter the name of the place we want to go, but the app also provides 13 commonly used place categories, such as dining, accommodation and shopping wait, this makes it easier for us to find where we want to go when we have no idea.

There are also many sub-categories under these 13 categories, which can make the positioning more accurate, and the search results are arranged from near to far, for us to choose from.


Amap supplier


Amap provides two modes of transportation: public transportation and self-driving cars. According to the different needs of different users, the public transportation mode has the schemes of “faster speed”, “less transfer”, “less walking” and “comfort priority”. The self-driving plan has four modes: “shortest time”, “minimum cost”, “shortest route” and “less high-speed”, which can basically meet everyone’s needs.

4.4 Mobike

Shared bicycles are a new type of green and environmentally friendly sharing economy in China, using a time-sharing rental model. Shared bicycles provide convenience for people’s last-mile through campuses, subway stations, residential areas, commercial areas, public service areas, and other places. Drive the enthusiasm of residents to use other means of transportation, and create synergy with other public transportation methods.

Mobike has been professionally designed, integrating high-tech means such as an all-aluminum body, run-flat tires, and shaft transmission, making it sturdy and durable, thereby reducing maintenance costs. The custom bike shape is highly recognizable on the street.

Using the Mobike smartphone app, users can use their mobile phones to check the location of a bike, then book an appointment and find the bike. You can start riding by scanning the QR code on the body to unlock the lock. After arriving at the destination, manually lock the car in any white line area on the street to complete the return procedure.

To make bicycles available to everyone, Mobike is priced at RMB 1 per half hour. Encourage people to return to cycling in a low-carbon, small footprint travel mode, relieve traffic pressure, and protect the environment.


Mobike manufacturer



4.5 Hellobike

Hellobike is a professional local travel and life service platform in China, dedicated to applying the dividends of digital technology to provide people with a more convenient travel and better inclusive life services.

The company was established in September 2016, headquartered in Shanghai, and started from the familiar bicycle-sharing business.

At present, Hello mainly provides mobile travel services and emerging local services. Among them, mobile travel services include two-wheel sharing services (Hello bicycles, Hello mopeds) and four-wheel travel services (Hello rides, Hello taxis); emerging local services The services include self-owned brand Haro electric vehicles, Xiao Ha battery exchange jointly established with Ant Group and Ningde Times, and the car rental service aggregation platform Haro Car Rental. As of the end of April 2022, the number of registered users of Hello has exceeded 550 million.


Hello Bike agent

Hello Bike


5. Accommodation

 5.1 Fliggy

Fliggy refers to a comprehensive travel online transaction service platform that provides Taobao members with air tickets, hotels, travel routes, and other commodities, including websites and clients. Originally Ali Travel, later renamed “Fliggy Travel”.

“Fliggy” is a leisure and vacation brand for young consumers. Together with Alibaba Business Travel, which provides corporate travel services, it forms a travel business unit under Alibaba, allowing consumers to have a more free and imaginative journey.


Fliggy agent


5.2 Ctrip Travel

Ctrip is an online ticketing service company founded in 1999 and headquartered in Shanghai, China. Ctrip has more than 600,000 member hotels at home and abroad for reservations, and is a leading hotel reservation service center in China.

Ctrip has set up branches in 17 cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Shenyang, Nanjing, Wuhan, Nantong and Sanya, with more than 25,000 employees.


Ctrip Travel agent

Ctrip Travel


6. Payment

6.1 Alipay

Trusted by 600 million users, it has industry-leading security technology, the highest standard data encryption, and a wealth of security products. With online shopping payment, you no longer have to worry about the safety of funds and privacy.

And there are multiple payment methods:

1: Payment method directory

2: Cash on delivery

3: Find someone to pay on your behalf

4: Internet banking

5: Fast payment

6: Balance payment

7: International credit cards

8: Credit card installment

9: Outlet payment

10: Payment by consumption card


Alipay agent


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