WeChat Groups You Should Join Right Now

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It is a shock to anyone moving to China to realize just how pervasive and unavoidable they are. There are groups for work, going from friends to departments to the entire company, and the groups that pop up for certain projects. There are groups for friends, special interesting, sports, organizing events, buying and selling, tracking local news, for a Networking Night, for flash sales… the list goes and on. Just the other day, our housing agent let us know that in most building complexes, there is not only a WeChat group for the compound, but one for each building, and at times, one for each floor if there are enough houses. It can be exhausting to keep track of them, and for that, we tend to mute most of them.

To put it simply, now more than ever, Wechat groups are essential. If you don’t know where to start, here are some groups you might need or might just be interested in joining.

Safe and Sane Beijing

Started and curated by True Run Media’s own General Manager, Mike Wester, Safe and Sane quickly became the go-to group for most Beijing expats as they tried to find accurate information about the pandemic. It has since grown from one to numerous groups, still providing relevant information, from the closing of schools to the latest information about new infection cases and safety precautions being implemented by the government. As far as groups go, this is an essential one to have.

Request to join via WeChat ID: mwinchina

Students talking during a networking night

Beijing Expat Networking Night

Networking night is one of favorite activities for expats in China. Started by a Beijing mom and dental professional, Beijing Expat Network has grown to see a large number of new and seasoned expats join. During the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, the networking night served as an essential source of information, where members shared and forwarded news updates from other platforms. The networking night is also a great source of essential contacts, from the best place to get your nails done to info about who makes the best pizza around the city. The networking night is a fun and diverse bunch mix of foreigners and locals alike, which is well worth having on your list.

Request to join via WeChat ID: jnjmama

The microphone of the networking night

Moving Sale and Buy 北京

There is absolutely no reason why you should panic if you’re planning a hasty retreat from Beijing. This group allows you an opportunity to ‘offload’ some of the things you have no use for any longer. And if you’re a deal hunter like me, and sick of Taobao, it might be a great place to score some excellent deals. I recently got a practically new exercise bike for next to nothing.

Request to join via WeChat ID: chxwzgg

WellWomen

Welcome to an entire Wechat universe specially reserved for women – sorry guys! The Well-Women platform has all you need from a second-hand group Beijing Clothing Auction Network, for those all-important clothes swaps to WellParent, a group for parents to share relevant info about being parenting in Beijing to offering each other support and advice.  WellStyle, WellFitness complete with 21-day challenges and WellPlanet for sustainable living are just a few more of the groups available in the expansive WellWomen universe.

Request to join via WeChat ID: becstarn

Family Events Only Beijingkids

Curated by our very own team of editors and contributors, this group only includes events appropriate for excellent family fun. Each week, we curate the best activities to attend throughout the city. If you find yourself usually stumped for ideas, then this is one you want to have in your back pocket.

Request to join via WeChat ID: mwinchina

People working on their laptop during a networking night

Expat Activities and Classes

As part of the greater GloberWeb.com family, this group offers an extensive list of activities for families and individuals who are trying to make their weekends or evenings count. Once things open up yet again, it will be an invaluable resource for us Beijingers to try and recapture our lost summer.

Request to join via WeChat ID: TanyaBG

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