This is how people find cabs when there are no cabs, and why some cabs won't stop for you - they're going to pick up people using this app. This is perfect for Friday nights or rainy days when you simply cannot find a taxi. You can still pay in cash. You do not have to tip, but you can offer tips in increments of 5rmb if no one is responding to your taxi requests.
Ease Of Use: Basic oral Chinese is necessary for talking to the driver. For example, "Shifu wo yao qu Pudong Jichang" ("Driver, I want to go to Pudong Airport") is enough. Once you confirm a taxi, the app will send you the driver's phone number so you can just give them a call if there's any problem. The driver will probably call you if you're not outside when they arrive.
How To Use It:
1Install the app.
Search for "滴滴出行"（Didi Chuxing) in the app store and install it.
2Register with your phone number.
Before you can book a cab, you will need to register using your phone number. Once you have successfully logged in, you are good to go.
3Set your starting point and your destination.
On the home screen, the starting point (the green dot) is typically your current location. You can click on it to change it to a different address. the destination (the orange dot) is the same. It's important to have the right pick-up location so your driver doesn't get confused.
4Call a cab.
Once you have entered both the starting point and destination, the app will automatically proceed to the next step.
At this stage, you will have several car options to choose from. These options include "特惠快车" (te hui kuai che), "快车" (kuai che), "滴滴特快" (di di te kuai), "优享" (you xiang), and "专车" (zhuan che). The last two options are more luxurious, while the others are relatively similar.
Please note that if you prefer not to share the ride with strangers, avoid selecting "极速拼车" (ji su pin che). Click on the button at the bottom that reads "确认呼叫" (Confirm) when you are ready to call the cab.
5Wait for your cab to pick you up.
It may take a minute, but a driver will probably respond to your request pretty quickly. If the weather is bad, it might take longer. Then you'll get a screen with the driver's name, a phone icon that you can click to call the driver, a message icon to text the driver, and the cab's license plate number.
That's it. Go outside if you're not outside yet – the driver will get pissed and start calling if they have to wait for too long.
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