Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

25 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Shanghai expat community concerned over possible removal of English language road signs

Expats living and working in China’s massive metropolis of Shanghai are worried the city’s road authority may decided to remove English language directional road signs. Given that very few expats in Shanghai are competent enough in the Chinese language to be able to read its thousands of characters, concerns that English signage may be removed are a real cause for concern in the community. According to an article in the English language newspaper China Daily, the Shanghai Road Administration Bureau is actively considering the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat volunteers in Shanghai help their community understand Chinese laws

Ten expat volunteers in Shanghai’s Chengjiaqioa district are helping their compatriots to understand Chinese culture and laws. A dedicated team of long-term foreign residents are working with local police in Chengjiqioa to spread awareness amongst fellow expats and newcomers to China of the country’s social rules and laws. The group, part of the district’s 30 per cent foreign residents, includes students, business people and artists from France, the Netherlands, Italy and Argentina. One of their most important tasks is to make...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015. During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five per cent of Australians packing up and moving on. The majority aren’t heading back to their home countries, but are relocating to North America, Africa and Singapore. In addition, numbers of...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Quality expat healthcare arrives in Shenzhen

Expats heading to China will be relieved to hear that, after a scary few years, quality heathcare can now be had in the popular Chinese city. During the first few years of its discovery by expats, getting sick or needing emergency medical attention in the Chinese mega-city of Shenzhen was a lottery involving public hospitals where no-one spoke English, doctors were rarely seen and queues reached around the building. Nowadays, thanks to a new international clinic as well as increasing awareness of Chinese traditional medicine, the...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals cost of expat packages to employers

A recent survey taking in the 40 top financial hubs across the world has revealed the UK is the most expensive relocation destination for employers. The survey, carried out by ECA International, shows the UK as top of the most expensive cities list for the second year running. For example, the cost of a salary and relocation package at middle manager level comes out at $390,000 annually. Japan is the runner up at $328,000, a drop from last year’s totals due to the weakening yen. Factors taken into account included salaries, taxes,...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

No good news as Dubai expats prepare for the worst

With the expats’ promised land now failing to deliver, many long-term expat residents in Dubai are mulling over a return to their home countries. Although economic forecasts suggest the desert-based mega-city is better placed to weather the storm than its neighbouring emirates, the combination of the oil price crisis and the downturn in construction is hitting hard on expats as well as local businesses. Major foreign-owned companies linked to the oil industry are cutting jobs as clients scale back on projects, with removal firms...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Setting up business in expat friendly Shanghai

Shanghai’s popularity with expat start-ups is growing fast, but language difficulties and bureaucratic burdens make using an agency the best way forward. Expat entrepreneurs are more than welcome in Shanghai, one of China’s largest conurbations, with contracted foreign capital totalling US$60 billion during 2015, an 86 per cent increase on the previous year. However, government regulations, language barriers and the understanding of an alien culture need to be overcome for a successful start to the venture. Online business...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expat moms in China more prone to postpartum depression

Uprooting from family and friends and relocating to the totally unfamiliar culture of China may mean increasing the risk of post-natal depression for new mothers. Although many expat wives find a move to an exotic location such as China a stimulating experience, the lack of front-line support for new mothers from family and friends is becoming a serious problem. A major difficulty is the Mandarin language, leading to feelings of isolation and an inability to cope with the everyday tasks of new motherhood. Time differences make it...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Top six Chinese cities for expats

For the new breed of adventurous expats, China is the latest attraction, but its massive size and choice of major cities can be hard to navigate. If you’re looking for a fascinating combination of ancient culture, magnificent geographical diversity, stunning modernity and a unique, challenging environment, China is waiting for you. Six of the country’s major cities stand out as a starting point for the expat experience of a lifetime, with your choice based on your personal needs and preferences. The massive, teeming capital of...