Didi there (Didi here?)

didi3[May 11th 2017] Somewhere along the line of time Didi Chuxing will be launched in the city of Dongguan under a bilingual app version. English speakers and writers will rejoice. Right now, those fluent in Queen’s English, American English, Canadian English, Indian English, Australian English and all the other major forms can head north to Guangzhou, fly to Shanghai, or visit the nation’s capital city Beijing to hail a Didi car. Having launched the service on Monday, the service includes real-time information, in-app text messaging (via an accurate translation to assist with communications) and customer services (via email and phone – again bilingual).

DIDIAPPQRThe Financial Times even notes, that international credit card payments will “return as part of rideshare service’s global strategy.” The usual WeChat and AliPay payments are taken too.

The three services available include:

  • Didi Premier
  • Didi Express
  • Didi Taxi

To register you must hold a phone number from the following regions:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Macau
  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • U.S.A.
  • U.K.
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France

If you are visiting one of the listed cities, or you are eager to await the service to reach Dongguan, the QR code is included for the app – at your convenience. Alibaba, Tencent and Bauidu all invest in this mammoth service.


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All images and logos provided by Didi Chuxing.

Didi or Didi not?


[February 28th 2017] Didi Chuxing, having recently acquired Uber’s Chinese venture, has announced an English smartphone application in on its way. The monopolist taxi arranging service is pretty much the only option out there. Taxi-booking patrons swear by the service, travelling meer metres to kilometres over provinces. It has been a hit, since launching, in June 2012 by Chéng Wéi. The service has gone from strength to strength offering a range of options. Most budgets can be catered for using taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride-sharing), DiDi Chauffeur, DiDi Bus, DiDi Test Drive, DiDi Car Rental and DiDi Enterprise Solutions. The app, not available in English, as of yet has been reported to be adding an English option shortly. It was reported by almost every social media outlet in China, a thousand and one magazines and my friend Chris, in a bar. Is it true?

The last four months may have been barren by way of foreigners being enabled to hail a taxi using the ride-sharing apps, but hope is on the horizon. Not on the Uber app, which may be due to a mothballing, but via a Didi English app of its own! Numerous social media outlets and news reports have documented expat Mathieu Bouchar, based in Shanghai, updating his Android phone. When doing so, he received a welcome gift in Didi’s English app.

So far Didi have only stated, “we are working on international and multilingual services for broader communities.” That was in response to popular magazine Quartz. Michael Wester, a columnist from the Beijinger, (lifestyle blog for China’s capital city), “the English interface will be officially launched in the Spring or Summer of this year.” Sadly, no source was quotable. With rumblings of international credit and bank cards being acceptable, it may all be rumours, but that being said, it all sounds very positive and constructive to the wider necessity of regional commerce. That, and getting to the latest party down the road, here in Dongguan… Right, with all that news, I am going to update my phone… let’s hope this app arrives sooner, rather than later!

It is worth noting Chinese addresses have been translated to English. This could get confusing…

Images © Mathieu Bouchara/bonjourchine.com

Didi’s Chinese website Didi’s English website


JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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