New members of the China forum, introduce yourselves here - 2022

Hi all,

Newbie on the China forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in China if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi !
Happy to join the expat community!
We will be moving with our three kids (10,7,2...+ one dog/cat!) to Hangzhou in China this summer 2022. We have never been in China yet and are pretty impatient to discover its culture, language and the whole expat life. I am from France, my wife is frome Slowakia and we leave in Germany!

No plan yet regarding the location of the accommodation, the selection of the school (Basis, HIS, Wellington...?).  I would be very happy to get in touch with people who have or have had experiences in Hangzhou. Feel free to contact me!

Wish you all the best and look forward to reading you soon!

Ni hao, I'm Steve. About to move to  Shenzhen to teach in a bilingual school in August. It will be my first time in China. I will be looking for accommodation soon and just setting as much up as possible before I start my adventure.

Hello Martial and Steve,

Welcome to :)

Since you will both be looking for accommodation soon, I would advise to drop a free advert here: Housing in China.

Please consider asking any question you may have by creating a topic per subject on the China forum so that members may help you out.

Good luck!

Diksha team

Hello Martial and Steve,

Since you are both new in China you may not be aware that Chinese cities are very widespread and the greater cities often cover an area the size of a county or province. As such, it would be helpful if you can specify which district or neighborhood you are looking for accommodation in regarding accommodation.

It is possible that your school or company may put you in contact with some real estate agents, but you could also start by looking at renting accommodation near your place of work. This would make it easier to get to know the city without having to travel too far every day. For instance, if your school is somewhere in Nanshan district, you might want to look for accommodation in Shekou, Baishizhou, or OCT depending on budget and preference. Unfortunately I don't know much about Hangzhou, having never lived there.

I hope this helps with your search for accommodation anyway and good luck.


One doubt, I'm writting from Spain that's why  maybe I don't have the last info about quarentine, but I read that apart of the two weeks in a hotel, there is another week of "auto isolation", I don't know what they consider about auto isolation.

Hello Julien,

Greetings! My name is Srini and my wife is Renuka. We just moved to Shanghai from San Jose, California. This is our first move in 35 years!! I am a Designer and Design Educator and my LinkedIn profile is I am here on a 3-year assignment to work on a new project. Would love to connect with like-minded people and learn.

looking forward,

Hello Diksha,

My name is Srini and we have just moved to Shanghai from San Jose, California. Happy to connect with you.

looking forward to connecting


My company has asked me to take a 6 months assignment in Shanghai.  Early days but I am beginning my research and grateful to be part of this group.

Hi all,

I am expat working in china for a year or so. Looking to connect with other expats too and share experiences etc...
Take care!

Good day to everyone; I am Christos. Nice to be a member of your beautiful and valuable community. Feel free to connect with me. Thank you

Hello, my name is Ai Fen. I am from China but presently in Malaga, Spain working as a Doctor. Will be coming back home next month. I just want to make new friends before friends before I get back home.


Hello All, my name is Rob. I live in Germany and am scheduled to fly to Shanghai on 10 May 2022. I will relocate to China for 18 months on a work assignment. I am pleased to join your group and am looking for anyone who is willing to share information regarding their quarantine experience. I understand that the regulations are/were 2+1 weeks, but now flights are being re-directed to cities other than Shanghai.  Can anyone share their experience? Thanks in advance..


Hi, I live in Düsseldorf, Germany and am scheduled to fly to Shanghai on 10.5.22.  We can exchange info regarding preparation details etc if you wish? - Rob

Hello guys, this is Zaza, i've been living in China for 8 years and currently living with my family in Yiwu, Zhejiang.I'm looking for friends who speak english, we can meet, have good times and have my 6 years old son improve his english.


I am Chinese and now live in Hangzhou. My name is Annie~
I love dancing and playing games in my daily life, and I work for a game company.
It is my pleasure to be new here, if you guys have any questions about Hangzhou or others, feel free to contact me, I'd like to give you a hand as I can!
if you like dancing or games, that will be awesome! We can create a group about games!


@vasqueszanna Hi Anna, sorry for the late reply. Have you made it back to China. I am currently in Dalian. Nice to meet you.

hi all, i am a newbie to Shanghai too, just finished my quarantine, working in private healthcare sector here is [link moderated]. if anyone needs any help regarding wellbeing in China feel free to get in touch

Thank you for the insight, will keep the lockdowns in mind. 

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