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David Thyne

Living in Shanghai, from USA

"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

Living in Shanghai, from Germany

"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."

InterNations - a community of trust

InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Shanghai

  • Build up valuable contacts with like-minded Shanghai expats
  • Find reliable information and trustworthy tips about the expat life in Shanghai
  • Join top-class InterNations events to meet fellow expatriates in town

Discover Shanghai's Friendly Expat Community!

Ni hao and a warm welcome to our expat community in Shanghai! Step into our friendly and thriving Shanghai Community and receive helpful, first-hand advice from real expats living in Shanghai. Get to know the Chinese city before you arrive and plan your move down to the letter with guidance from our informative and experienced network of expats, as well as the information in our extensive guide on what you need to know for your expat life in China.

You may be considering your next move or planning your escape and may be keen to know the answers to questions like, "what's the healthcare system like in China?", "how expensive is education in China?", or "where is the best place for a family to live in Shanghai?". Once you join InterNations, you'll find helpful members in our forums who will be happy to answer any pressing questions for which you haven't found the answers in our guides. With our members' insider knowledge about living in Shanghai, they will be happy to give you unrivaled advice and tips about settling into your new life in this bustling, modern city.

Not only will the friendly expat community be able to help you with practical questions, but they will also be able to give a key insight into Chinese culture and lifestyle, such as where to grab the best street food, like Peking Duck or when to celebrate the Chinese Qingming Festival.

A visit of our community for Hong Kong Expats is recommend if other InterNations chapters across Asia & Oceania are of interest for you. Or your next business trip takes you to our Singapore Expats chapter…

Our Services for Shanghai Expatriates

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Shanghai Expatriates Network

Join our high-quality network of Shanghai expats to connect with expatriates living abroad in Shanghai like you.

Shanghai Guide for Expats

Shanghai Expat Guide

Expat Forum Shanghai

Get trustworthy and authentic advice from fellow members about all aspects of expat life in Shanghai.

Shanghai Expat Forum

Shanghai Events for Expatriates

Attend our monthly events and activities for Shanghai expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Shanghai Expat Events

Additional Information on Expat Life in Shanghai

Known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai is home to a number of exciting attractions, such as the historic neighborhood of Bund and the largest port in the world, located on the estuary of the Yangtze River. The metropolis of China is similar to its counterpart Hong Kong, with impressive skyscrapers lining the skies alongside traditional Chinese architecture and culture. It's an East meets West extravaganza!

Expats often move to China to pursue a career in business, with Shanghai renowned as the country's leading financial center. The city is home to a number of international businesses, and its foreign population is continually growing. The city's cosmopolitan vibe can make it feel like a very glamorous place to live, much like Hong Kong, with a work hard, play hard lifestyle prevalent among young expats in the city, many of whom earn generous salaries and are able to maintain a fun-filled lifestyle outside of work.

According to the InterNations Expat Insider 2015 survey, Shanghai (and China in general) is one of the best places for expats to work and lead a balanced life, with high rankings in job security and high-earning careers. China ranked average for its availability of childcare and education, and can be a little more expensive in these areas than other countries.

InterNations: The Easiest Way to Grow Your Expat Network in Shanghai

Every member of the prestigious InterNations Shanghai Community has been approved by us to become part of the network, so you can be rest assured that your interactions with other members, both online and offline, will be safe and courteous. This means that you can communicate with other users while safe in the knowledge that you are speaking with a trustworthy person.

Why not get involved in some of Shanghai's groups and events taking place in the city? There are a number of groups you can sign up for on InterNations, from learning something new like Mandarin or how to play a musical instrument, to simply meeting up with other like-minded people in the city over dinner or a mocha, there's plenty to do in Shanghai!

You don't have to give up your social life when you move to Shanghai. You can keep doing what you love to do in your new city, with new people that are part of the same shared experience as you. Start your new chapter in Shanghai with new friends, hobbies and interests, and give yourself the best chance of settling in comfortably in your new home.

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