Nicknamed “the Hibiscus City”, Chengdu in Sichuan Province is also known as the Brocade City and the Turtle City. The rapid rise of Chengdu in the Chinese economy is attracting much investment from multinational companies in the city, with unprecedented increases in the number of expats from around the world now living in Chengdu. InterNations, the online platform which connects expatriates with those of similar standing for social, leisure and cultural purposes, gives expats living in Chengdu and in the surrounding areas the opportunity to find expatriates for friendship and social purposes. Connecting with other expatriates living in Chengdu gives members the opportunity to organize their own program of social events and activities together with other global minds in the city and to enhance their experience of life in Chengdu.
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Moving to Chengdu will almost inevitably involve a change of culture and language, and the relocation experience itself may become stressful and worrying. As a member of the global InterNations fellowship of like-minded individuals and their families, you can find answers to your questions via the trusted InterNations portal, networking with expatriates who may themselves have been through several relocations and possibly even to China and Chengdu itself. For more general queries, InterNations has its own publication, the Expat Magazine, a collection of numerous articles on a range of expatriation-related topics, which cover not only typical problems expats may encounter before, during and after their relocation, such as culture shock, but are also full of useful advice in regards to everything expatriate, from international banking and insurance coverage to the benefits of an assignment abroad.
Chengdu is a top investment center in China, attracting many Fortune 500 multinational concerns to the city. Within China itself, Chengdu is recognized as an important hub for many industries, including pharmaceuticals, logistics, science, aviation, commerce, electronics and information technology. Chengdu also has several universities, attracting leading academics to its environs. You will therefore most likely not feel too isolated whilst working as an expatriate in Chengdu and as a member of InterNations you can easily network with fellow expats in the city. Chengdu is an UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so partaking of the culinary delights of Chengdu in the company of new-found friends and business acquaintances could become a regular event. There are a number of places to organize visits to, including for example a visit to a ‘happy rural house’ in nearby Sansheng and Nongke villages to sample local. Football is a popular sport in China, with matches played locally by the Chengdu Blades, and the Sichuan International Tennis Center is open to players of all standards. The iconic 330ft high New Century Global Centre has a skating rink and other attractions within its environs. Chengdu has much to offer an expat working in Chengdu and you will surely enjoy your time in the city.