Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation packages are encouraging British teachers to take the opportunities of a lifetime and leave the UK. With Britain’s schools already experiencing a recruitment famine, the brain drain effect of...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Barclays Bank to finally close its Gibraltar operations

After 125 years’ service to expats and residents on Britain’s overseas territory Rock of Gibraltar, Barclays Bank is finally shutting its doors and departing. A strategic review of the bank’s operations in Gibraltar took place in 2014, sounding the death knell for over a century of providing financial services to residents and expats on the Rock. Since then, a skeleton staff of 14 permanent employees and two contracted workers has focused operations on the bank’s local high net worth clients and large businesses. All staff...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New app aims to help non Mandarin speaking expats in China

A Beijing-based start-up has launched a new app aiming to give much-needed assistance to non-Mandarin-speaking expats living and working in China. With what seems like a genius of an idea for those whose brains just can’t get to grips with one of the world’s most difficult languages, GrabTalk’s new app is bound to be a roaring success. Nowadays, more and more expat professionals are flocking to the new opportunities and challenges of China, most of whom are encountering daily difficulties due to an inability to...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

China to built vast database to match expat workers with jobs

China is looking to build a massive database containing details of foreign talent as a first step toward matching up experienced professionals with employers needing expat expertise. The database will be China’s first mega-data project and is expected to include foreign workers’ areas of expertise, nationalities, city of residence and present employer. Director of the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs Zhang Jianguo proposed the project at the Shenzhen Conference on International Exchange of Professionals held last...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Shanghai tops list of favourite expat destinations in China

In the latest survey of Chinese cities, Shanghai rates tops for the fourth time in the last six years. In recent years, working as an expat in China has become the norm rather than the exception. Nowadays, Beijing and other massive conurbations are increasingly popular with foreigners looking to augment their CVs and experience this formerly closed country. The results of an important annual survey of 10 Chinese cities were released last weekend, confirming that Shanghai was again the most liveable from the expat point of view. The...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China choose local medical care over international clinics

Increasingly, expats working in China are choosing the international departments found in local hospitals as their preferred medical hubs. As charges for medical and surgical treatment in China’s extensive network of international private clinics continue to rocket, a growing number of expats are finding that the international clinics within local hospitals are fast, professional and efficient at around a tenth of the cost. The growing awareness amongst the expatriate community of medical care options in China’s major cities has...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats in UAE unprepared for rainy day scenarios

A new study by HSBC reports that expats living and working in the UAE are the least financially prepared for illness, death and other disasters. The international bank’s Confidence in the Future report may well have been undertaken to boost its sales of life, health and other such insurances, but it casts a dim light on UAE expats’ sense of responsibility to their nearest and dearest. Apparently, 65 per cent of expats surveyed expected a third party to provide for their families in the event of their being unable to work....
6 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Shanghai struggle with gridlocks and dodgy drivers

Although Beijing still tops the list as China’s most user-unfriendly city as regards pollution, traffic accidents and daily gridlocks, Shanghai is catching up fast. Now in third place in China’s most congested metropolis list, Shanghai is also placed 24th of the world’s 146 most gridlocked cities. The rapid rise of the Chinese middle classes and their insatiable lust for the latest, coolest cars is to blame, with three million households in the city owning at least one vehicle and often two or more. Driving safely and with...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Famous British girls boarding school to open offshoot in China

As the demand amongst the wealthy in China for a traditional British education soars, Wycombe Abbey girls-only boarding school is opening a co-ed offshoot in Changzhou. The famous school, in partnership with old Etonian William Vanberger’s Chinese-based company BE Education, will offer a traditionally-based curriculum in response to demand from expatriate parents and local Chinese parents. The focus will be on leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit, sport, art, drama and music, and will be as close as is possible to an English...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Mandarin Chinese gives expats the worst headaches

One of the least considered aspects of any decision to emigrate is the chosen country’s language, but not being able to speak the local lingo can turn your dream into a nightmare. For the modern-day expat, the entire world is now his or her oyster due to air travel and the ease of research via the internet. Deciding where to hang one’s hat for a few years or even for the rest of one‘s life is a more easily informed decision than ever before. However, there’s one aspect which is rarely given the importance it deserves – the...