Living in China guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in China with the expat guide

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General information
  • Located on the north of the Himalayas, Tibet is a rather developed Chinese region. It has a quite dynamic economy which is essentially based on agriculture, livestock and tourism.

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  • China is one of the largest East Asian countries. It is a dream destination for expatriates worldwide, being the second largest economy after the United States of America.

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  • If you want to expatriate to Shanghai, here are tips and hints must see's, do's and don't about how to live hassle-free in Shanghai.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you wish to get married in China, you must first apply for a marriage ability certificate at your embassy in China. Procedures can vary according to your nationality.

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  • You will have to apply for a tourist visa if you wish to travel to China. There are also collective tourist visas and collective visit visas for groups of visitors.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you are moving to China for professional reasons, you have to apply for a visa. You can choose from the F, M or R types of visas, or opt for a residence permit.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Dalian, China, has a diverse and prosperous economy. Job opportunities are available in various fields such as petrochemicals, distribution, high technologies and financial services.

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  • Tianjin, China, offers numerous professional opportunities for foreigners. Different fields, such as high technologies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries need foreign expertise.

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  • Suzhou is one of the largest industrial zones in China. Many professional opportunities for foreigners are available in this economically prosperous city.

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  • Jinan, in China, has a developed economy due to the presence of numerous companies which are active in different fields. Technology, industry, food and electronics require manpower.

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  • There are many job opportunities for expatriates in Guangzhou, China. You can be hired in many fields, for instance, industry, high technology, biotechnology, and trade, etc.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Different types of accommodations are available in Xiamen, China. In general, expatriates living in this city prefer to rent apartments, villas or houses.

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  • If you are making a short stay in Guangzhou, China, you can stay in a hotel. But if you plan to stay longer, consider renting an apartment or a house.

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  • Shanghai, the biggest and most important Chinese city, offers a wide variety of accommodation: apartments, villas, houses and studios. You can also find student housing options.

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  • Many apartments and studios are available for rent in Beijing, China. You will also find hotels and vacation homes, as well as more affordable accommodation for students.

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  • There are a number of housing options in China ranging from studio apartments to large villas. The quality and availability varies from city to city

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Student visa, University registration

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • China has many public and private hospitals. Fees and the quality of health services offered may vary according to the different hospitals.

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  • A short article on what to do and where to go when getting sick in China, especially in Beijing.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in China, you need to produce your passport, as well as proof of residency. You will also require a deposit of around $100.

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  • Everything you need to know to open a bank account in China

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Tax system, income tax
  • If you are moving to China, you will have to pay income tax. However, China has a non double taxation treaty with many countries in the world.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • You can choose from different means of transport to travel around China: plane, train, subway, bus, taxi, etc. You can also rent a car for private trips or even a bike.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • To drive in China, you can exchange your national or international driver's licence for a Chinese driver's license. You must first obtain a resident permit.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you are moving to China, you will probably need to move your belongings. You are advised to hire professional international movers.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • China's mobile phone market has known a real boom over the past few years. The number of smart phones has been growing, as well as services provided by mobile network companies.

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  • In early 2014, China had over 500 million subscribers to Internet. Figures keep growing due to the fast development of telecommunications in the whole country and its accessibility.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Qingdao, in China, has a colorful nightlife. You can find many bars, clubs and local hangout spots across this fast growing city.

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  • Various types of sports are practiced in China, namely football, basketball, volleyball, martial arts, etc. You can subscribe to a club and attend matches.

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  • During your stay in China, you can explore its mountains and forests, discover its historical relics, as well as its urban cultural heritage. You can also enjoy beaches.

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  • Visiting Beijing for the first time and on tight schedule, here are few suggestions to plan your trip...

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  • You will not have trouble finding child care in China. Preprimary school, as well as nurseries, can be found anywhere in almost all cities. You can also entrust your child to a nanny.

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  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies to be able to travel to China with you. It should also undergo medical examination to obtain a health and anti-rabic vaccination certificate.

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  • If you are visiting China for a period of less than 6 months, you can import products such as cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and perfume in small quantities.

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  • The article is about the chinese hospitality here in shanghai, through my experience as A worker!

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  • Dumpling Recipe: how to make dumplings. Learn and try a chinese recipe. Chinese food.

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