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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."

Make the most of living and working in Shenzhen

Expat living in Shenzhen raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from Chinese authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺWhere can I take a crash course in Chinese writing?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend international hospitals in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Shenzhen takes a lot of time. Our Shenzhen expat guide is there to make your relocation to Shenzhen as easy as possible. Starting with travel and accommodation to information about administration & finance, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Shenzhen.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Shenzhen. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Adelaide to living in San Francisco.

Top Articles in the Shenzhen Expat Guide

  • Moving to Shenzhen

    Shenzhen's fast-growing economy makes it an appealing place to move to for anyone seeking new opportunities in a thriving and lively city. Get to know more about the city and its climate and learn all you need to know about the visa process for China in our guide.
  • Living in Shenzhen

    Enjoy life in Shenzhen, one of the most developed cities in the eastern hemisphere. Shenzhen’s been recognized for its foreign investment, growing economy, and spectacular culture scene. Find out more info about this beautiful Chinese city, from transportation, culture and safety in this guide.
  • Working in Shenzhen

    Shenzhen's thriving economy has made it a popular location to seek work for people from all over the world, while millions of Chinese also travel into the city every day for their jobs. Get expat advice on working in Shenzhen, including info on the local economy, job hunting and work permits!
  • 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 on the Expat Life in Shenzhen

Are you looking specifically for chambers of foreign trade in town or a doctor speaking your native language in China? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Shenzhen provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Shenzhen. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Shenzhen expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Shenzhen and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Ni hao among our expats living and working in Shenzhen.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Shenzhen? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Oslo or living in Manila!

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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