Despite the often-critical image of China in Western media, many expats don’t regret their decision. Quite the opposite, indeed.
While China has been under communist rule since 1949, it is currently undergoing social and economic development and a great deal of money is being invested into the infrastructure of the country. Previously stringent trade barriers are being relaxed and the whole country is becoming a better place for international relocation.
If you have the soft skills to cope with culture shock and the language barrier, your move to China will become a rewarding venture and we will help you with that.
Key facts every expat should know about China
- Any contracts you are required to sign in China will always have an English and a Chinese version. In the event of a dispute the Chinese version of the contract will take precedence so you should always get contracts checked before you sign them.
- Whilst healthcare in the cities is readily available, some rural clinics may refuse to provide foreigners with treatment.
- You should check with the local hospitals in advance and always make sure you have identified a suitable clinic in the event of any emergencies.
- Many of China’s public hospitals will not accept medical insurance from abroad; you will therefore need to find suitable insurance within China itself.Checks/cheques are not generally accepted as a valid form of payment in China.
- Expats living in China are encouraged to take photographs of their furniture and belongings as proof or ownership in the event they are lost or stolen.
Cost of Living in China
The cost of living in China is something that is often misunderstood. It is worth remembering that China is still a developing country and the living standard for the majority of the population is very low. However, the majority of expatriates are offered salaries that are much higher than that provided to the locals and the low tax rates on offer mean that quite often expats who are based here have a higher standard of living than they previously enjoyed in their home country.
The cost of living in the major cities in China did increase in the 2012 Mercer cost of living survey and Chinese cities remained some of the most expensive cities in the world in which to live. Shanghai was named as the most expensive city in China at position 16, following by Beijing at 17.
Cities to live in China?
Life in modern Chinese metropolises, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou is quite comfortable for expats and the culture shock is limited. In these cities, you will find western ingredients in supermarkets, western-style bars and clubs, a relatively significant amount of Chinese who can speak English, and many other expatriates (e.g. Shanghai has the greatest concentration of expats – around 300,000 people). Thus, moving to these cities is much easier. The only downside could be a higher cost of living.
Healthcare and Medical Insurance
The standard of the Chinese healthcare system may not be equal to what you are used to. However, in major cities with a sizable middle class and a large expat population, e.g. Beijing and Shanghai, there are quite a few international hospitals and medical professionals.
In case you need to see a doctor during your stay in China, make sure that you have sufficient health insurance coverage before departing. However, this will definitely not cover your needs adequately. Most expats opt for a private health insurance policy from a local or international provider.
Our Support and Services
Our local partner will provide you with full support and guidance from the first day of your arrival. Being accompany with a translator on your first day of the arrival you will be picked from the airport, transported to the accommodation and will be given a full support with your local establishment and adaptation (a guide with more information will be sent to successful candidates).
Our services include:
- Airport pick up
- Translator’s accompany
- Hotel stay (on the first day)
- Transportation to the Accommodation (on the second day)Help with buying all living necessities
- Guidance on:
- Finance and Budgeting
- Local living and orientation
- Local Laws, Regulations
- People and Culture
Any additional support required can be discussed and agreed prior to the agreement.