Living in a place where the language and the culture are totally different from your own can be challenging. Getting access to the information you need which is relevant to your life abroad is essential to navigating the challenges and seizing the opportunities that will come your way. The world is becoming more and more plugged in, and China is no exception. People here are increasingly using the social media platform "Weibo" to get updated in a timely and convenient manner. Weibo can be accessed both via standard web browsers and via a smartphone app, and has been alternately described as both the Facebook and Twitter of China.
To help you better understand the city you now call home and to make this information more accessible, the government of Guangzhou has launched its official English language Sina Weibo account: @Guangzhou-China. This English online communication service targets expatriates and visitors from overseas who are interested in Guangzhou's history and culture as well as government information. The account has six sections - Cantonese culture, official release, feature reports, international exchanges, business info, and online events, covering culture, education, foreign affairs, economy, and immigration policy as well as local folk festivals, scenic landmarks, transportation and food.
Here is an easy-to-follow set of English instructions on how to create your very own Sina Weibo account. Follow these steps, and you will soon be able to access @Guangzhou-China, giving you a new window into what makes the city special.
How to register an account on Sina Weibo:
Step 1: Get your computer and mobile phone ready. Visit Sina Weibo’s website: http://weibo.com.
Step 6: Log on your email or phone number, activate your Weibo account, and congratulations, now you have a Sina Weibo account of your own!
How to follow Guangzhou-China Weibo account:
Now you can find the @Guangzhou-China in your following list. On your homepage you can check the updated information posted by all accounts you have followed. Download a Sina Weibo App on your smart phone and you check the posts anytime and anywhere. Alright, enough talk! Time to go out and use this banquet of inside information to learn more about Guangzhou! Don’t forget to leave us your comments and feel free to shoot over a message!