Police WeChat accounts for foreigners that offer exit-entry policy information and community news, as well as answer questions about a range of matters affecting expatriates are attracting more and more subscribers, operators told Shanghai Daily yesterday.
Expats turn to WeChat for help
WeChat, an instant messaging mobile application with a large number of Chinese users, is very popular among expats as well.
In Pudong, where there are about 80,000 foreign residents, the WeChat account “pdjwryfwz” hosted by the district’s exit-entry authorities and foreigners service station staff has over 300 followers nine months after being launched.Gu Zhudan, an employee at the Weifang Community Foreigners Service Station, said: “We hoped to offer expats one place for answers to all the most constantly asked questions because we found that some people had to come to us several times.”
The English-language account enables readers to access information by simply entering key words such as “registration.”
Updated at least once a week, the account, edited by Gu and his fellow staff, also carries news of community events such as parties and art lectures. Gu said: “Some expats told us that they want to join their Chinese neighbors in those events.”
Gan Mengsheng, deputy office director of the exit-entry…