Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places. Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, it’s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual expat experiences across the globe. Canada is a favourite due to ease of access and the fact that English is the local lingo, although those heading for Quebec province will need to prove their ability...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Best Chinese cities for expat alternatives to Beijing

Expats wishing to settle themselves in China but who don’t like the idea of Beijing’s smog, crowds and fast, expensive pace of living might like to consider a few smaller, more laid back Chinese cities. Whilst Beijing is China’s expat hub for foreign starts-ups and lifestyles, not every new arrival in this ancient land wants to experience its high cost of accommodation and living, the lack of pure air and the massive crowds. For those considering a move to China, Beijing isn’t the only option, and there are many advantages in...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Scots couple take the 44,000 mile high road from Australia through 35 countries

A Scots couple returning home after spending 11 years living in Australia are taking the self-drive scenic route and visiting 35 countries on the way. After some years working in Australia’s banking and finance sector, Phil and Lisa Armstrong decided it was time to return to Scotland. Unlike most homesick expats whose first priority is buying a plane ticket, the couple bought a second-had Toyota Land Cruiser and a map, then settled down to plan their amazing itinerary. According to Lisa, they’d always enjoyed road trips and...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats in China embrace Chinese New Year customs and traditions

Chinese traditions and superstitions connected with the New Year celebrations are fascinating and fun, with many expats joining in the festivities. The customs connected with the Chinese New Year go back several thousands of years, and the festival itself causes the world’s largest migration as millions and millions of Chinese travel to their family homes to be with their loved ones and observe all the highly-respected traditions Many expatriates who’ve lived and worked in China for a while have come to appreciate the country’s...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expat startup in China wins prize in Startup Leadership Programme contest

A new online initiative by expats in China hopes to provide classified advertisement services to the entire foreign community. Foreign startups in China are not new, neither is the increasing number of expatriates heading for the country’s untapped opportunities. Focusing on the present expat population of around 600,000 is a smart move for non-Chinese entrepreneurs, as evidenced by China Classified’s second prize in the recent Startup Leadership Programme demo last Saturday. The expat-founded, Shanghai based startup’s...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam rated as best low cost SE Asian country for expat professionals

Vietnam and its capital Hanoi are increasingly rated as not only the cheapest Southeast Asian destination for expats, but also as a great place to grow a new career. Although the relocation process itself isn’t exactly inexpensive, once you’ve arrived to start your new life you’ll find the cost of living is far cheaper than the vast majority of favoured expat destinations in the region. A recent survey charted living expenses as averaging some $700 a month, including rental, transport, food drink and the essential smartphone...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

China may phase out non native speaker expat English teachers

Following its testing late last year of a three-tier work permit system, China is looking to rid itself of non-native English language teachers. The new three-tier system, at present on trial in Beijing Shanghai, Tianjin and other major cities, classifies expat workers into three classes of expat, A, B and C. The rules include a requirement that all foreign English teachers must be native speakers and have a bachelors’ degree as well as two years’ formal teaching experience. However, a good number of Chinese schools seem to be...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2017

New Year finance resolutions for expats in UAE

Everyone’s favourite New Year resolution is to get richer than in the previous year, but it’s essential to set in place rules and regulations to make it come true. According to Gulf New’s Money page, personal debt via borrowing is at a high level in the UAE’s expat community. Consumer loan totals are soaring, making personal finance goals trickier than before. Expert advice from the page first concentrates on the discipline of regularly saving money as a start to building wealth, with Western expats well ahead of all others in...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Falling yuan causes expat belt tightening

Expats working in China are tightening their belts against further depreciation in the value of the yuan. According to Chinese media reports, the yuan is now at its weakest point against the US dollar since the 2008 financial crash. Expats whose salaries were agreed as late as 2015 are feeling the pinch and are concerned about further falls resulting from the USA’s recent decision to raise its interest rates. For the last decade or so, China has been an increasingly favoured destination for millennials' sense of adventure, with...