How to communicate in Shanghai
Whatsapp works fine in China, so you won’t be totally cut off from your friends back home. But even though it does function in China, noone uses it. Instead you will soon become acquainted with Chinese software products. Here are the top three of them:
When you live in China WeChat is an obligation. Everyone uses it at home and at work. You can even pay with it or lend your friends some money. You will see that the variety of options is quite larger than those of Whatsapp and the possibilities to communicate are nearly infinite. You can get the international version here.
2. Sina Weibo
Sina Weibo is like a mixture of Facebook and Twitter. But it can be quite confusing for foreigners since the interface is only rudmentarily translated. So you will either have to learn Chinese tokens or try until everything works like you want it. Just give it a try here.
QQ is like a Chinese Version of the good old ICQ. Although quite old, still many people use it. It is a quite usual tool to transfer files. You can get an international version here.