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.