Information about different rental and application apps for the road that is useful in China. If needed to rent or use GPS, below is some examples that could be useful on the road. Also mentioned the different rentals we have been using.
Some good GPS apps for the road. A car number plate function is good if you drive in number plate-restricted areas in some bigger cities as it will re-direct you to allowed roads.
*”Number plate” function. In some cities, there are some restrictions on license plates/ numbers. Entering the license in the GPS it re-routes the track accordingly
Apple iOS maps is the only well working GPS navigation software in mainland China. Download from Apple Store.
These are the rentals we have rented from or have paid visit when looking for one. About half of them don’t really have official pages and we have been able to find them either from internet or by one the apps we are using.
This way of traveling is still in early phase in China and for example caravans are totally impossible to find for rent. Notice the caravan will need class C6 driving license from April 2022.
We were lucky and found one place in Shanghai that rented caravans (MIY) when searching from internet.
We cannot provide the direct contacts on the pages for the renting companies but those can be found in the apps or by contacting us. Mostly our communication with rentals have been thru WeChat.
First-time rental and the last. Tiande RV pushed membership and we paid 5 days and used 3. Now the company has disappeared, and we lost the 2 remaining days.
Avoid this company
The only place in Shanghai we have found a caravan. Local MIY brand. The local brand and caravan were a little too small for us 4. The one we hired was the biggest. Have been looking for a larger one to rent without success.
Review of the MIY caravan
Some small rental we checked out. Few RV’s and the condition was not the best. Mostly concentrating of modifying and repairing RV’s