Thanks Emma! I downloaded wechat and set up the vpn on my laptop; however, the vpn doesn't seem to be compatible with my iphone. Would you recommend getting a phone plan in China? I'm not getting an international plan with Verizon before I leave due to cost, but was going to bring my phone to use over wifi.
I have never been to China before, but I have been overseas by myself. I studied abroad in Italy in 2012. I'm very excited about going to China though, I think it'll be a great experience.
Yeah I don't have a roommate yet either. I'm hoping to get one though since living by myself could get a bit lonely, especially in an unfamiliar country. I'll let you know if I hear of anyone else who is looking! I'm sure this will be a big topic with everyone who is flying over to Guangzhou for the first time in July, since from what I gather we get some time to figure out our living arrangements while we stay at a hotel.