"Are you on facebook or do you have whatsapp" said no one ever in China. But one of the sentences you'll hear every day here is "add me on wechat". Wechat is the pride of Chinese social networks and chat apps. According to Wikipedia it has 650 million active users and I understand why! It's just wonderful! Everybody is on wechat! The hairdresser, the driver, your child's school teacher, your new friends, your hotel, many restaurants etc.
Not only can you chat together and create groups on wechat. You can also post pictures, tag friends, receive promotions, order take-away...even pay and transfer money! And it works without vpn which is a huge advantage compared to e.g Facebook and Messenger. You never hesitate to ask for someone's wechat. It's not invasive. It's just a natural thing to ask for.
And how do we add new contacts? Well if we're in the same room, we simply scan eachother's QR codes and we're friends. From this practice come many a funny conversation. "Do you wanna scan me or shall I scan you"? 😉 If we're not in the same room, we simply search for eachother - like on facebook.
Below: I bid you welcome on my wechat