Tap That App is a monthly segment where we feature an app our editors think is cool.
Whether you’ve called China home for 10 years or are just settling down here, you’ll find novel sights to explore on Trover – an app that lets users share travel ideas and post photos of cool places they stumble across in cities around the world.
A search of things ‘nearby’ Guangzhou, for instance, led us to hole-in-the-wall eateries serving everything from crocodile to geoduck, street art in the suburbs of Shawan and the crispiest youtiao (fried dough sticks) in town. We had to sift through no small number of generic Canton Tower pics to find those, of course, but hidden among all those well-trodden tourist locales are gems we’re confident most locals haven’t heard of.
If you see a place you’d love to visit, just click ‘add to list’ and watch it fly onto your virtual bucket list.
The app is sort of a cross between Instagram and Trip Advisor, with a photo-heavy newsfeed and brief written reviews under each featured image. Categories like ‘hiking,’ ‘food and drink’ and ‘arts and entertainment’ draw more results in cities like Hong Kong and Beijing, where there are ostensibly more users posting more frequently.
Aside from using the app to pinpoint your next weekend adventure, you can also share your awesome off-the-beaten-path finds with the Trover community, and maybe even rise to ‘experience junkie’ status.
Users can sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or email accounts, which is either convenient or cumbersome, depending on how smoothly your VPN is running. The good news? You don’t need to sign in to view others’ photos – only to post your own.
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