Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Top Hong Kong survival tips for new expat finance professionals

For expat professionals in the world of finance, Hong Kong is one of the planet’s most exciting, challenging, rewarding and hard to manage assignments. Relocation to Hong Kong is one of the most sought-after goals for adventurous finance professionals desperate to make a name for themselves in a fiercely competitive environment. For even the most confident new arrivals, getting the first few months right is key to success in the dream job and all it offers. No-one ever found relocating to China easy, especially if family came...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Singapore expat cost of living soars over five years

A survey of relative costs of living across professional expat global relocation destinations rates Singapore 18th in the 'most expensive Asian cities' lisitng. Current rankings for Asian cities now places Singapore as the 18th most expensive city in the Asian region. Over the past five years, the city state’s cost of living has risen significantly in spite of recently lower inflation rates. The city’s global cost of living ranking has soared 12 points, mirroring the increases in the cost of living for expat professionals. ECA...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tax free pensions law sees property price rises in Portugal

A change in Portugal’s tax laws has resulted in rising house prices not seen since 2008. Always a favourite for British retirees, Portugal’s Algarve region has been something of a disappointment for the last eight years as regards capital gains on house prices. However, since a new law was enacted, property values have shown a steady increase, with last year’s averages 6.9 per cent higher than in 2014. One reason for the increased interest is the government’s new law exempting non-resident house owners from paying tax on...
30 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur in China markets eco friendly trikes

A British expat entrepreneur living in Shanghai has cornered the market for environmentally friendly tricycles, but most are being exported to the West. British entrepreneur Chris Trees came to China nine years ago, having working in Paris for international advertising giant JCDecaux for almost 10 years before being sent to Shanghai as the company’s technical director. By the end of 2007, he’d left his former employer to set up his own business marketing advertising equipment. Along the way he developed a passion for an...
30 May at 4 PM 2016

Expat safety survey takes in 230 world cities

A recent survey has revealed that, although most expats believe European cities are relatively safe, the top-scoring locations are the most expensive. In spite of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the majority of expats still believe Europe to be the safest continent for working relocations or retirement. The study took in political stability, crime in general, the effectiveness of local police forces and each country’s relationship with its bordering nations, surveying 230 popular expat...
20 May at 6 PM 2016

Worlds most expensive cities for expats

Expats come in all shapes and sizes, as do their bank accounts, but all are looking for that one special place to create a unique lifestyle. Expats aren’t just retirees, English teachers, backpacking globetrotters or contractors working on oil rigs needing R&R including great weather, cheap beer and sexy girls. Expat life can be as luxurious as the budget allows, although it’ll have to be huge to survive the world’s most expensive cities. It has to be admitted that London is the favoured destination for expats looking for...
19 May at 6 PM 2016

Three Shanghai expats save local girl from drowning

Three expats working in Shanghai are being commended for their bravery in saving a young Chinese girl from drowning. The three young guys, two Russian students and a French teacher, were sitting on their balcony overlooking a river when they saw someone struggling in the water. Immediately, they rushed downstairs and realised the figure in the water was a teenaged girl choking on swallowed river water and gripping a net. Thinking quickly rather than simply jumping in themselves, the three formed a chain with one entering the water...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

Getting away from it all in Southwest China

When getting away from it all truly means getting away from it all, the South China Karst region is heaven on earth. The three provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou together make up one of the most spectacular spots on the entire planet. This unique topography features massive limestone crags, rich jungle foliage, rushing waterways and remote, peaceful villages known for their positive effect on health and longevity. Although the region is becoming known to Chinese tourists, it’s virtually unheard of on the expat circuit, with...