Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

28 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US expats in China using world view in vote for presidency

Americans living and working in China are finding they’re viewing the upcoming presidential election with a world view rather than as a purely domestic agenda. Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery was the scene last weekend of a Democrats Abroad event held to register US expat voters for the upcoming presidential election. Democrats Abroad is counted as a US state for voting purposes with 21 delegates up for grabs, a similar number to those in Alaska and Wyoming. Overseas supporters of the Democrat Party have been able to vote for a...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expat buyers rush for properties in Cyprus

The Cypriot property market’s surprise recovery is being led by foreign buyers and is showing a significant increase in sales over the past months. Although interest from Cypriot buyers is still at an all-time low due to difficulties in getting loans, foreign buyers have stepped in and are behind a huge improvement in the island’s real estate market. Local estate agents believe the present time is the best for those investing in property, as prices are still comparatively stable and there’s a good choice of homes available....
21 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Survey suggests a city for every type of expat

The difference and diversity of the world’s most popular cities means there is one perfect urban retreat for every potential expat. Expats come in all shapes, colours and desires, with finding the dream destination especially important as it ensures the expat experience is all it can be. Each world city has its own original sense of identity contributing to its unique appeal, whether cultural, secure, sporting, great for career advancement, strong on enterprise or competitive as regards salaries. The latest Expat Explorer survey...
15 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Hong Kong score bargain apartments with bad Feng Shui

Expats in Hong Kong have found the way to bag a bargain rental apartment is to find one where someone has recently died. Many traditionally superstitious Chinese strongly believe that when a death occurs in a private home, the result is bad Feng Shui or –to put it in a Western context – the home will be haunted by the spirit of the deceased, making it difficult to rent out or sell. Savvy expats on the island are taking advantage of this belief to land a bargain unit at a low rent. One Chinese listing site tracks deaths from...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

China rejigs visa system in favour of highly skilled expats

Chjna is planning to upgrade its visa system in order to give priority to attracting more top-level expat professionals and limit the numbers of low-grade workers. At the present time expats wishing to work in China have two visa options – the foreign expert work permit available from the State Administration for Foreign Affairs or an employment license issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. The new rules will see the two visas merged into a single, unified work permit in order to reduce unnecessary...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Telephone and internet scams now targeting expats in China

China is the latest expat destination in a long line of countries being seen as magnets for low-life scammers, fraudsters and internet villains. Chinese lawyers are now warning expats of an explosion in fraud via telephone, text and email scams and other rip-offs. Telecom fraud cases have increased by an average of 70 per cent annually since 2011, with expat targets now easier prey than Chinese nationals. A Beijing lawyer specialising in expat telecom and internet fraud described one case involving an English teacher who’d lost...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Reasons for the ongoing expat love affair with VPNs

Wherever expats live nowadays, a reliable internet service is high on the list of must-haves, both for financial, social and business reasons, but a number of countries are now imposing restrictions on its use. During the past several decades it’s been almost impossible to live life without an internet connection, whether in your home country or an adopted country halfway across the world. Expats rely on online surfing for information, smartphones for contacting friends and family back home and, most importantly, for banking and...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Russia caught up in early contract terminations

Expats working on contract in Russia are being discriminated against by having their contracts cancelled early and being replaced by workers from central and eastern Europe. Recruiting firms in Russia are reporting increasing instances of Western expat professionals having their contracts terminated early and being replaced by either Russian workers or expats from eastern and central Europe. Although uniquely-skilled foreign workers are still much in demand, it’s cheaper for cash-strapped companies to hire Russians and northern...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Settling in Singapore made easy for expats

Singapore can be an expat’s dream relocation, but it’s best to get all your settling-in questions answered before you arrive. The exciting city-state of Singapore can give the experience of a lifetime, but getting everything sorted out immediately after your arrival can be a nightmare for the unprepared. Although its citizens are mostly of Chinese origin, Singapore isn’t part of mainland China and its rules and regulations can be even more confusing. Unless you’re on a comprehensive relocation package offered by a...
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...