Before traveling to China, download China travel apps for the iPhone. The FT China Travel Guide provides information on important Chinese cities including Macao, Beijing, and Shanghai. Other useful iPhone travel China apps include Lonely Planet's Beijing City Guide and Pocket Timetable.
FT Travel Guide: China
The Financial Times has a great app for business travelers that travel frequently to China. The FT Travel Guide: China contains information about Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Macao. Refer to the guide for tips on business etiquette in China, the politics, and economy. When you need to find a place to eat, refer to the guide for recommended restaurants. Find hotels, tourist attractions, and places to shop. Establishments are identified on Google Maps. Download the free FT Travel Guide: China app at the iTunes App Store.
Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide
Lonely Planet's Beijing City Guide is very easy to navigate and displays information in succinct categories. The convenient maps provide detailed views of the neighborhoods of Beijing. Most of the time, the app operate offline, but a few interactive map features require data roaming. The app lists the best places to visit in Beijing including the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Find restaurants with the best service, clubs with the most eclectic music, and bars with the finest drinks. The Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide app is available at the iTunes App Store for $5.99.
Lonely Planet Shanghai City Guide
Similar in structure to the Beijing guide, Lonely Planet's Shanghai City Guide provides all the information a visitor to the city would require. The app recommends establishments from several of the neighborhoods of Shanghai including Pudong, Old Town, The Bund & People's Square, and French Concession. Listings are detailed and include the address, number, and closest bus or train stop. Find things to do and places to visit with this app. The Lonely Planet Shanghai City Guide app is available at the iTunes App Store for $5.99.
Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook
The language barrier is always a consideration when traveling to a foreign country. An iPhone travel China app that provides audio phrases is the Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook. There are over 600 phrases in the app that will help you communicate with people. Browse the phrases by category and select the appropriate phrase in English. The app will translate the phrase into Mandarin, play the phrase, and display the text. Click this link for additional translation apps for iPhone. The Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook app is available at the iTunes App Store for $5.99.
Another useful iPhone travel China app is Pocket Timetable. It provides up-to-date train schedules for trains in China. Listings are searchable by train station, train number, and stops between stations. You can search for the nearest station and view a Google Map for the location of train stations. The ticket price and ticket availability can be checked. The Pocket Timetable app is available at the iTunes App Store for $1.99.