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David Thyne

"At the first Shanghai Get-Together I met several American expats. I am very grateful that they shared their experience with me."

Diana Anhaus-Brey

"It is just so easy to find other international people and global minds with InterNations. I didn´t know there were so many in Shanghai."

The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in China

Are you an expat working and living in China? Or are you preparing to move soon to Beijing, Guangzhou or any other of the Chinese international hotspots?

Expat life in China has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the deltas of China's two major rivers, the Huang He and Yangtze, learning how Chinese people celebrate Qingming Festival, up to tasting China’s favorite dishes such as Peking duck & hot pot.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in China. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in Panama to living in New Zealand.

Top Articles in the China Expat Guide

  • Moving to China

    One of the world’s oldest civilizations is now one of its economic superpowers. Expatriates moving to China are attracted by the economic opportunities as well as the cultural experience. InterNations prepares you for your move to China with info on visas, expat regions, and more.
  • Living in China

    Living in China exudes a certain fascination for many foreigners, and we are sure its charm will speak to you too. If you are about to embark on expat life in China, make sure to read our InterNations Guide. Here you’ll get info on topics such as transport, accommodation, healthcare, and education.
  • Working in China

    The classic expat assignment is still common among many foreigners working in China. However, you may also want to start a job as a self-made expat without company support, due to the explosive economic growth. Our info on visas, work permits, and social security comes in handy in either case.
  • Taxation in China

    Sometimes it can seem that the only thing that is more numerous than people in China, are the tax laws. With different rates, duration thresholds, and applicable taxes, trying to work out how tax in China works can be something of an enigma. See below for a brief overview!
  • Banking in China

    If you are planning to live in China for a few years, it’s hard to do without a bank account. This guide to banking in China explains how the banking system works and, more importantly, how to get an account of your own. Read on to find out more about depositing your hard-earned yuan.
  • How to Find a Job in China

    The job search in China can be rather challenging, especially for newly-arrived expats. Of course, there is the language barrier and the need for a visa. But did you know that you will get nowhere without a business network? Read our article and learn more about finding a job in China.
  • Childcare in China

    The big expat hotspots in China usually offer various childcare options to expat families, but the competition for a place at a good childcare center is fierce. In this article we cover the different types of available childcare and tell you what to keep in mind.
  • Expat Destinations in China

    Are you ready to move to China but not sure which expat destination is right for you? In this guide, we introduce you to various expat destinations in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. We also talk about what makes the country so appealing for expats.
  • Chinese Customs Regulations

    Sorting out your visa and residence permit is not all there is to moving to China. Before packing up your bags and heading off, you should read up on current Chinese customs regulations. After all, not everything may be imported and getting household items shipped is another hurdle altogether.
  • Discrimination and Racism in China

    According to the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, all citizens are equal and enjoy the same rights, regardless of gender, beliefs, or ethnic background. However, this legal equality does not always extend to the workplace or everyday life, and discrimination and racism in China do exist.
  • Driver’s Licenses and Traffic in China

    Want to hit the road in China? Then better get prepared! The country has done much to make driving safer, but roads and traffic in China are still considered dangerous by many. InterNations Expat Guide tells you what to look out for and how to get a valid driver’s license in China.
  • Giving Birth in China

    Are you expecting a new addition to your expat family? Congratulations! The InterNations guide to expat life in China also includes useful information on what may await women giving birth in China, from pre-natal care to bureaucratic issues after delivery.
  • China: Facts and Figures

    This brief introductory article will help you wrap your head around some of China’s basic facts and figures. You can find info on the population, climate, religions, GDP, and more in the following list:
  • Going Shopping in China

    If you like to shop, China is the right place for you! Shopping is one of the nation’s favorite pastimes and you can find pretty much anything you can think of at very reasonable prices. For the best experience shopping in China, learning to haggle is a must. Read on for tips on where to shop and how to bargain for the best prices.

Working and living in China – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in China requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of Chinese expat life. Living abroad in China raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to China?ʺ, ʺIs the smog in cities like Beijing or Shanghai a serious health risk?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Beijing should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the Chinese municipality in Shanghai?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in China is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for China aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in China. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from housing and household, to administration & finance or travel and accommodation, up to education & children. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺWhere can I take a crash course in Chinese writing?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside China? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Chile or living in Qatar!

Tips on living and working in China – From international hospitals to chambers of foreign trade

Moreover, our expat directory for China includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. international hospitals or chambers of foreign trade. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in China with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Ni hao from our expats living and working in China.

David Thyne

"At the first Shanghai Get-Together I met several American expats. I am very grateful that they shared their experience with me."

Diana Anhaus-Brey

"It is just so easy to find other international people and global minds with InterNations. I didn´t know there were so many in Shanghai."

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