Expats living in Hangzhou will know why this city is nicknamed “Paradise on Earth”. Its beauty is legendary, encapsulated in a Chinese proverb as the best place to live. The capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou lies on the east coast of China and is the destination for the aptly named Grand Canal, the world’s longest man-made river, which begins in Beijing and travels south for a thousand miles to reach Hangzhou. The city is also home to the Tea Fields of Longjing, a wonderful place to visit at any time, but at its very best during the harvest period from the end of March until the fall. With over a million members and more than thousand different online discussion groups and forums, why don’t you see if any of our InterNations members are in the area at the same time as you, and use our platform to arrange to meet up.
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Public transport is excellent in Hangzhou, as expats moving to Hangzhou will quickly learn. Buses and taxis are both regular and cheap, and some sections of the new subway are already open, connecting downtown Hangzhou with its outlying areas, with a total of ten sections planned. You can get a temporary driving license, but most expatriates in Hangzhou find it easier and cheaper to use the public transport. If you are keen to drive, head over to the InterNations forum and check out other people’s experiences and advice on getting a Chinese driving license. Bikes are available to rent, or you can take the glorious water bus and admire the scenery as you travel. There is an international airport in the city, with most flights from the USA and Europe flying into Beijing and from there to Hangzhou. Our InterNations Expat Magazine has useful information on making a global move that is relevant wherever your job relocates you.
Expats working in Hangzhou are following centuries of history. During the Southern Song Dynasty, the city was the capital for over a hundred years, and it remains an important industrial center today. Its economy is varied light industry but the Chinese are keen to promote hi-tech and research in the area. It is worth networking with other InterNations members to check out opportunities. Due to such splendors as the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, tourism is also a major employer in the area. If you are working in Hangzhou, check out our Expat Magazine’s section on working abroad. There are articles on many of the questions potential expats may have when looking for information on global relocation. And getting in touch with other members – be it via the forums, discussion groups or private messages system on our platform – is a great way to socialize and exchange ideas and experiences.