Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

How to survive as an expat in China

Undoubtedly, China is becoming more Westernised year by year, but even for expats in it for the long-haul, there’s much about their lifestyle that’s simply bizarre. Even simple tasks such as stocking up on Western favourites from your nearest supermarket can be fraught with disappointment once you see empty shelves where there were cans of cream of tomato soup and other absolute necessities. Coming back next week doesn’t help, as this and many other non-Chinese taste products simply disappear, never to be seen again. Stranger...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai animal shelter seeks expat volunteers and fosterers for abandoned pets

Chinese locals and expats in Shanghai are working together to save abandoned pets. People for Pets was started in 2015 by Samantha and Ann, two expat ladies distressed by the number of abandoned pets in the giant city. Three years in, it’s a group of experienced rescuers bridging the gap between animal protection and animal welfare in Shanghai. Every dog and cat saved has either been born on the streets or abused and abandoned by their former owners, and is treated by vets for both physical and mental problems before settling down...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Thailand hospital business expects boom in medical tourism

According to research by the Kasikorn Bank’s research centre, the profitable private hospital business in Thailand is expected to grow further during 2018. Literally millions of foreign patients, including expat residents as well as medical tourists are expected to visit Thai private hospitals by the end of 2018. The split is expected to be some 2.5 million medical tourists and just under a million expatriates living in the Kingdom. Last year, medical tourists accounted for 2.4 million visits, with expat numbers at 900,000....
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expatriates in South Korea alternate between hope and fear

Two million expats in South Korea are swinging between despair, hope and fear due to the threat of discord between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Ever since the Winter Olympics, South Koreans have veered from hope through fear to despair as the political circus and its two main clowns played games of one-upmanship and power. Unheard and mostly unseen, the two million expats in the South endured their own emotional swings, now coming to a head as the two combatants meet in Singapore. South Korea’s expat community is a permanent part of...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai international school rates soaring through the roof

The latest survey from the International Schools Database has again ranked the cost of an international school education in Shanghai as the most expensive in the world. For new expats in Shanghai as well as their employers who’re fronting the cost, finding the right international school can be a challenge as there’s not much in the way of more affordable alternatives. Average monthly tuition fees for a six-year old run at an eye-watering RMB17,586, with charges in Beijing not much lower at RMB16,145. In comparison, the cost of...
29 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat on Cambodian holiday beaten up by Chinese gang

A British expat resident in Taiwan for 14 years fell foul of a violent Chinese gang due to his facial tattoo. Paul Farrell became a naturalised Taiwanese citizen after his marriage to a Taiwanese woman, adopting the Chinese name ‘Lohan’ and opening a bar in the city of Kaohsiung. Also, in a moment of new-found patriotism aided by alcohol, he had his face tattooed, with the Chinese characters for Taiwan etched on his forehead and the Taiwanese independence flag on his chin. Sobriety and second thoughts soon kicked in and, before...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

US warns its expats over unidentified Chinese sonic influence

An American expat working at one of the USA’s consulates in China has been diagnosed with a minor brain injury caused by strange sounds and air pressure. America’s Embassy in Beijing has issued a warning to US expats living and working in China to be aware of possible health problems being caused by abnormal noises and air pressures. The original reports suggested similarities with the 2016 news that a number of US diplomatic staff in Cuba were suffering health problems due to ‘abnormal noises’ in their workplaces. However,...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Chinese culture heads West via expat websites

For almost half a century, foreign influences crept into China’s millennia-old culture through reform–generated trade and commerce, but Chinese culture’s now heading West in a big way thanks to Western expats. Nowadays, the ancient country’s major cities are home to a hotbed of Western talent, bringing with it all the trappings of Western society. Multiple channels of change have opened due to internet access, and expats in China are sharing their impressions with the world at large via social media, forums and endless...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Russian expats in Cyprus demonstrate over increasing crime

Increasing levels of crime in Cyprus have caused groups of Russian expats to mount demonstrations in Limassol and Paphos. Known for its attraction for expats from colder climes, Cyprus is especially popular with elderly pensioners looking for a peaceful retirement in the sun. However, recently released reports have claimed increasing levels of crime are now centred on the island’s cities and are getting out of control due to understaffed and overworked local police. Last Monday, two groups of Russian expats took the matter into...