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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."

Enjoy living and working in Shanghai

Are you an expat living in Shanghai? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the Chinese aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺWhere can I take a crash course in Chinese writing?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for international hospitals in town?”

Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working in Shanghai can take you hours. However, by using our Shanghai expat guide you can greatly simplify your relocation to Shanghai. Beginning with travel and accommodation top tips about administration & finance - the guide deals with all the different facets of the expat life in Shanghai.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Shanghai. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from working in Dubai to moving to Hong Kong.

Top Articles in the Shanghai Expat Guide

  • Moving to Shanghai

    Welcome to Shanghai! You will encounter an extraordinary city with a unique mixture of Western lifestyle and Eastern flair. Our InterNations Guide on moving to Shanghai gives you a general city overview and more specific information on expat life, e.g. expat neighborhoods and visa regulations.
  • Living in Shanghai

    So you are about to join the ranks of the many expats living in Shanghai? While a fascinating time awaits you, expat life in China can be challenging for newcomers to the country and its culture. Let InterNations guide you through what to expect of Shanghai, from transport to health and education!
  • Working in Shanghai

    Working in Shanghai is highly attractive for expats. Interested in becoming one of the many foreign residents employed in the city? You’ve picked the right time! The business climate is beneficial for expats interested in working in Shanghai. Read our article to find out what you need to know.
  • 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.

Information for the Expat Life in Shanghai

Are you looking for specific information, such as chambers of foreign trade in town or a doctor speaking your native language in China? On top of our expat guide, you will have access to our expat directory for Shanghai, which provides you with a complete catalogue of all expat-relevant locales and relocation services in Shanghai. Moreover, you also can take full advantage of our Shanghai expat forum in order to look for tips and information from your fellow expatriates.

Become part of InterNations Shanghai and you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcoming Ni hao from our expats living and working in Shanghai.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Shanghai? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as moving to Amsterdam or moving to Barcelona!

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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