Upon arrival in China you learn two things VERY quickly which really help you get started:
1. Every single thing is on WeChat, the equivalent of Facebook but streamlined to text and (mainly) voice message conversations, sharing photos, locations and profiles at its core. You quickly learn WeChat goes into areas Facebook does not. For example, over half a billion people use WeChat for almost all communications. At my school, I'm apart of group conversations for teachers in my location, mothers of children in each class I teach, expats in Tianjin, a huge group at a popular bar (they let us know promos for the night, post photos and who wins at poker games) and people who teach at the same institution as myself but at different locations. WeChat can also be used to buy things in stores, movie tickets (cheaper rates if you use WeChat) and pay your cellphone bill. Nearly everywhere you go, you'll see a customized QR Code for a group, promo or link.
When meeting someone new, they don't even ask for your phone number, just your QR Code for WeChat. When approaching females, asking for their WeChat isn't even as seemingly challenging as asking for a phone number in North America. I still have more to explore, however, you can glimpse at how widely integrated this app is.
2. There is a huge market for second hand items which can help you save a lot of money, meet new people and score some great deals! Since my arrival, I've seen expats selling fridges, coaches, pets, cellphones, laptops, electric scooters (I really want one of these - Tesla make an electric scooter!) and much more.
Personally, I literally just purchased a gym membership at the mall beside my complex from a random girl I met through WeChat. I bought 8 months of unlimited gym usage, various classes and even some retreats the gym does for a steal of 850¥ ($175CAD)! I jumped on the deal quickly because the gym holds multiple yoga sessions per week and I'd really like to meet some locals (girls) who do yoga. This membership also includes a trainer who is available. There is a yoga studio in the mall/buildings I work in, however they want 3500¥ ($700) for 50 classes, or the minimum of 30 classes for 1770¥ ($361)!
Going to the gym will help me develop my practice further and I can learn different types of yoga other than what my FitStar Yoga app is teaching me. It wouldn't hurt for me to get back into going to the gym either and will give me something to do before/after work.
When in Rome, do as the Romans. It's better to embrace this lifestyle change than to resist it. Cultural immersion is exciting, and the locals seem to appreciate my effort to repeat what they say, engage with them a little and they like seeing foreigners. Or they're just laughing at me. The best part of not understanding the language is I cannot understand what they're saying, so even if they are, I'm oblivious to it.