How to register in taobao

One of the most famous and convenient online shop websites/apps in China is Taobao. Through this website or app you will be able to find most of the existing products you are looking for. From garments to furniture and food! In some cases you will be able also to find foreign products
My suggestion is to use a translator from English to Chinese to search the item wanted, since not all items are written in English. Furthermore, some suppliers may increase the price due to the lack of knowledge of Chinese and might take advantage of it

Here I will explain briefly how to sign up in taobao through Alipay and directly through the website
Please note that in order to purchase any item from taobao in China you will need a Chinese Bank Account linked to taobao or Alipay account.

USING ALIPAY

1. Create Alipay account
The easiest way to start using taobao is having an account in Alipay. You may create an account through the English version of Alipay app or its website. You may create an account here and just need to follow the steps.

2. Enter to taobao.com

Once the Alipay account is done, go to taobao.com and click here:

Now you will be able to see the following window:

3. Log in using your Alipay account
Once is 2 step is done, click here:

Then you will find out the following window:

4. You are already logged in!!

DIRECTLY FROM WEBSITE
1. Enter to taobao.com and click here:
 Now you will be able to see the following window:
Now, click in the following button:

Now the following window will appear. Only need to click “I agree” and then you can finally choose English language!

 

 Complete it filling your personal details as show the picture below and follow the steps, since now the registration will be in English version!

You will receive an SMS verification code on your phone. Just need to enter the code received on the next display within 60 seconds and fill up your personal information, such as delivery address, name, bank account, email, etc.

Hope this brief guide has been helpful to you

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Top apps for China

Here you will find the top apps if you are thinking to move somewhere in China or simply traveling here for vacations. Please note that these apps are according with my own experience and knowledge. I will keep updating the list continuously

1. Wechat
Chinese version: http://shouji.baidu.com/software/item?pid=2786482313&from=web_alad_multi
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tencent.mm&hl=en

This app is a must in China. It’s an advanced version of WhatsApp within China. Everybody here uses this app along with other countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam but in a minor way.
Through this app you will be able to pay in 95% of restaurants, shops, supermarkets, local markets, phone to phone, do personal money transfers among your contacts, keep in touch with locals, top up your phone balance, pay utilities, find and pay movie tickets, order a taxi (didi), hire a bicycle, online shopping (taobao), etc

2. Alipay
Chinese version: https://www.alipay.com/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eg.android.AlipayGphone&hl=en

This app also is a must in China. Through this app you will be able to pay in many restaurants, online shops, shops, supermarkets, etc.
Besides, also can do money transfers among your contacts, top up your phone, find movie tickets, order a taxi (didi), hire a bicycle, online shopping (taobao), find delivery food,  find hotels, etc

3. DiDi
Chinese version: http://www.udache.com/app/mDriverReg/index?channel=10&channelId=81037#/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sdu.didi.psnger&hl=en

Through this app you can hire a taxi/personal car (Chinese Uber version) within China regardless of the city you are in.

4. Taobao
Website: https://www.taobao.com/
App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.taobao.taobao&hl=en

Online shopping? This is the app! The app is only available in Chinese language

5. JD.com
Website: http://www.jd.com/

More online shopping. This app is more specialized on electronic products. More reliable than Taobao in regards of quality. The app is only available in Chinese language

6. Mobike
App: https://mobike.com/global/

Top app designed to hire a bicycle within China. Price is about 0.5RMB for 30 minutes ride.

7. Ofo
Chinese version: http://www.ofo.so/
English version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=so.ofo.abroad&hl=en

Another top app designed to hire a bicycle within China

8. Meituan 美团
Website: http://qd.meituan.com/?mtt=1.index%2Ffloornew.0.0.j639s2qw
App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sankuai.meituan&hl=en

Food delivery apps is also a must in China. Likely you will need help from locals to create an account, since everything is in Chinese language

9. Translators/dictionaries:
Chinese version of google translate: https://translate.google.cn/
Talking translator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenleaf.android.translator.enes.c&hl=en

These are the translators I use to survive here. For talking translator you would need a VPN to make it works. Seems is blocked in China…

10. VPN’s
ExpressVPN: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.expressvpn.vpn&hl=en

This is the VPN I’m using right now. Recommended to find a good VPN before arriving to China to keep connected with western life

11. Ctrip
Website: http://www.ctrip.com/
App:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ctrip.english&hl=en

One of the best app to book flight, hotels and trains within China. Has English version, offers reasonable prices and easy to use

12. Coobus – 酷米客
Website & app: http://www.coobus.cn/

Useful app to check bus schedules, stations and GPS locations. So far this app is working with no problems in Shenzhen. Other cities may not work. The app is only available in Chinese language

13. Baidu 百度
Website:  https://www.baidu.com/

Considered the Google of China, this website is a search engine for everything related to China, such as news, apps, maps, videos, images, etc. The app is only available in Chinese language