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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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Generalities

General information
  • One of the world's largest and most populous countries and boasting a world-leading economy, China is a popular expat destination.

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  • Located to the north of the Himalayas, Tibet is one of the highest regions on the planet with a unique and inviting culture.

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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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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Marriage procedures differ in China if one spouse is a citizen, or if both partners are foreign nationals (in which case one must have a residency visa).

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

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Those travelling to China not intending to work or visit family members will need to apply for a tourist visa to visit the country.

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  • You will need a visa to work in China. The M, F and Z visa all serve different purposes, whether you are visiting on business or plan to get a job.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Expatriates in China are allowed to set up different types of businesses in the country, however there may be variations in requirements by province.

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  • Shenzhen is a city with a growing economy in Guangdong. It is popular not only for its job opportunities, but thanks to its proximity with Hong Kong.

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  • Guangzhou has a number of special economic areas, as well as a free-trade zone that attract businesses. It also hosts the largest trade fair in China.

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  • To be hired in China, you must have a good command of English and knowledge of Mandarin. You also need expertise which is not available locally.

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  • The capital of Hubei, Wuhan is an ideal location for expats hoping to see the most of China, thanks to its excellent transportation links.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Xiamen is an increasingly popular expat destination in China, with a range of accommodation available throughout its neighbourhoods.

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  • Shanghai is a global city that appeals to expats. Although it has some of the highest rent prices in China, there is a range of accommodation available.

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  • Whatever your budget or length of stay, you will certainly be able to find accommodation to suit your needs in Guangzhou, China.

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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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  • China's capital, Beijing, is home to a significant expat population. From city apartments to suburban houses, there are a range of accommodation options.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • China is home to numerous institutions offering higher-education courses. If you wish to study in China, you will need an X1 or X2 visa.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Healthcare in China comprises both public and private hospitals. Both modern formulated medicines and traditional herbal medicines are used in treatments.

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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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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • There are a number of national banks to choose from in China. However, only residents will be able to open an account.

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

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you are moving to China, you need to pay income tax. Expats will likely benefit from China's many non-double taxation treaty's with other countries.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • China is a large country, however there are different types of transportation to help you move around, from national flights to bikes in towns and cities.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you are a permanent resident in China, you can exchange your national or international driver's license for a Chinese driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies to be able to travel to China with you. It should also undergo medical examination.

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  • 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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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • China is a well-connected country, with a high number of internet users. Though it is easy to get online, expats should be aware of censorship rules.

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  • 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 mob

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • During your stay in China, you can explore its mountains and forests, discover its historical relics, and experience the urban culture of its cities.

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  • It's easy to practice your favourite sport in China, with good facilities throughout the country, particularly in urban areas.

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  • Chinese cuisine varies across different provinces and involves a range of ingredients and spices. International cuisines are available in most cities.

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  • There is no one Chinese language, though Puthonghua is most commonly spoken. You can start learning before you leave, or enroll in a course once in China.

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  • 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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  • 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 en

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  • Websites and applications that will help you learn Chinese.

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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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  • Beware of scams in Shanghai. In Shanghai, like most of big Chinese cities, foreigners are ideal targets for some few scams.

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