The northeastern Chinese city of Shijiazhuang is a large industrial center with an metropolitan population of almost four million people. As with many industrial Chinese cities, expats living in Shijiazhuang will find that while the city has only seen rapid expansion in modern times, its history stretches back millennia. Consequently, the city is often referred to as "The New Industry City". The local climate is continental with a monsoon influence, giving residents and expats in Shijiazhuang hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. While this is a pleasant and comparatively mild climate to settle into, even the most well-traveled expatriate living in Shijiazhuang will find the city's energy, culture and lifestyle stimulating and exciting. There is plenty of information for InterNations members on our website's content section, including the Expat Magazine which covers topics like cross-cultural communication, living abroad and expat finance. Plus, InterNations members will also be able to get information on the city from other expatriates in Shijiazhuang through our online forums.
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The Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport, just under twenty miles from the city center, is a major domestic hub with a number of international flights and imminent plans for expansion. The opening in 2012 of Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Train network offers a direct service from the airport to the city center for expats relocating to Shijiazhuang. In such a major industrial city, expatriates moving to Shijiazhuang can expect to find a sizeable international community and plenty of global minds. InterNations members can get in touch with other expats in Shijiazhuang through our online discussion groups, forums or private communications to arrange an early meet-up to socialize, network or simply to get some local tips on what to do in the city. For general hints on the ups and downs of expatriation, we also have some fascinating articles penned by InterNations members from around the world which are well worth a read.
There is no doubt that this is a serious industrial center with many strong sectors, including pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics, building supplies and agriculture. Expats working in Shijiazhuang need not worry that their host city is all work, no play, though. In fact, the city is known as a center of rock music and two Chinese rock magazines are based here. There is also a lot of heritage in the city's environs, with, for example, the nearby "Zhaozhou Bridge" reputed to be the oldest single stone arch bridge in China, possibly the world. "Qiaoloudian Hall" is one of only three hanging temples in China, and the nearby Xumi Pagoda and Longxing Monastery are ancient and beautiful sites of interest for any expatriate working in Shijiazhuang with an interest in ancient China. With a little bit of exploration, expats in Shijiazhuang will find that they are at the center of not only one of China's great industrial cities, but also a region full of history, heritage and culture.