Category Archives: china

Chinese smartphone usage

(Copyright China Daily)

China Daily, my Chinese breakfast read reported that smartphone usage is up massively in China at present.

In fact, 80% of Chinese access the internet on their smartphone. China added 44m mobile internet users in the first 6 months of 2013!!

A total internet population of over 590m makes it a huge market for e-commerce.

A couple of final observations – WeChat seems the major mobile communication network in China with over 300m users. I really like the feature that you can record and send a voice message to someone. Very handy.

Weibo also seems very popular.

It’s a pity that most of the internet service providers block Facebook and Twitter, some don’t though as the Chinese government lifted restrictions on these apps a few months ago.

China Odyssey Tours

We were a little worried before we travelled having booked directly with a Chinese travel company called China Odyssey Tours as they are not local UK firms.

We planned the personal trip with our agent Kalinda, changed it a few times, refined it and made the final decision.

The tour wasn’t cheap but it does include all transport in country, breakfast, lunch and our own guide in every place we visited.

I really can’t complain and would highly recommend them. They are quite a large company but as I said in a previous post they handled our full family requirements well. It was also good to have our own tour as we didn’t need to worry about being too tired or hot we could adjust accordingly.

My only complaint links to the accommodation in the mountains in a more traditional Chinese hotel, which was poor compared to the other accommodation.

Breakfast was also a good start to the day and every hotel had a good mix of western, Chinese and continental breakfast to suit all tastes.

The meals were at lunchtime were all tailored to our requirements and didn’t feel cheap or ‘set’.

The guides were a bit mixed but generally very good, we had an exceptional guide with Helen in Xian that the kids wanted to take home with them.