Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

15 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in China devastated as M&S pulls out

At first glance, China would seem to be the perfect place for Marks and Sparks, as the company’s affectionately known in the UK, but today’s announcement comes less than a year after the brand lunched its tenth store. The surprising news may well come as a blow to the high number of British expats living and working in China’s huge cities, as there’s a limited choice of high quality imported foodstuffs anywhere else in the retail sector. In a contrast to expat reactions, local Chinese shoppers in Beijing were more than happy...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Best Aussie enclaves in expat destinations

The Australian diaspora is one of the expat world’s most impressive, with at least a million Aussies living and working outside the home country at any given time. Adventurous as Oz expats undoubtedly are, there’s still the human need to be with like-minded souls, thus creating enclaves of Australian nationals in diverse locations across the world. Just under 50 per cent of wandering Aussies head for Europe, and some 24 per cent of those already overseas are gravitating towards Asia as their next stop on the expat trail. For...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Avoiding financial worries as an expat in Singapore

Managing money as a newly arrived expat in Singapore has its inevitable pitfalls, but it’s easy to find ways around just about every aspect of budget control. Singapore is one of the world’s most popular expat hubs, and is also one of the most expensive as regards maintaining a comfortable lifestyle, whatever your salary level. The old advice of 'save the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves' is a good way to start, and comes with the added bonus of feeling smug. Most money worries suffered by expats in...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Worlds worst countries for expatriate life

Quality of life is one of the most important aspects explored by would-be expats before life-changing decisions are made, but some countries are best avoided. Annual surveys of expat hubs all over the world are a great way to ensure a happy, safe and remunerative relocation, but there are a number of countries which should be avoided like the proverbial plague. Health, safety and security are the keywords, especially if the prospective move abroad includes your family, with a recent InterNations survey telling it like it is as regards...
2 Mar at 6 PM 2017

What where and how in expat Singapore

Undeniably one of the most perfect expat hubs on the planet, the city state of Singapore is equipped with everything expatriates need to live their dream lives. Some 25 per cent of Singapore’s total population of around 5.6 million hail from all over the world, attracted by job opportunities, high wages, a civilised, luxurious lifestyle and some of the world’s most varied and delicious foods. Other attractions, especially for expats with trailing spouses and kids, include total safety, excellent heathcare and a great choice of...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expat private healthcare costs to soar in 2017

Expats on overseas assignments consider heathcare one of the most valuable add-ons to relocation packages, but policies and costs can change year by year. In the increasingly unsteady world of 2017, being covered via your employer by a comprehensive private health insurance package is an absolute must. From exotic infections through accidents and even terrorist activities, the reassurance of full coverage for expats and their families is even more crucial than in previous years. Expats across the world need coverage relevant to...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expatriates deserting Beijing for commuter belt small towns

Rocketing real estate prices, overall cost of living increases, poor air quality and the chaos of the massive Chinese capital are resulting in an expat exodus to commuter belt towns 30kms and more away. For many Western expat working in Beijing, the city’s soaring cost of living is becoming unsustainable on average wages. The giant city is surrounded by smaller commuter belt towns with a more peaceful ambience and laid-back lifestyle. For many, the move means a three-hour commute, but most believe it’s well worth it as they have...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Didi to offer expat aimed English language ride sharing app by summer

Expats in China who were devastated when Uber removed its English language interface after its sale to Didi can take heart that ride-sharing will again be a reaiity in the near future. Some three months after Uber was taken over by Didi Chuxing, its English language interface, ability to work overseas and option to pay with credit cards issued by foreign banks were all removed from the app. Expats in China were left with no option but to struggle with the Chinese language whilst getting lost courtesy of Chinese taxi drivers or local...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Private dental insurance a must for expats in China

Relocating to many world destinations is easy of there’s a job waiting, together with housing, health and other packages, but it’s not so straightforward if you’re going it alone. Many independent expats are now aware of the need to research healthcare standards in their chosen country, with a good number deciding on private health insurance giving access to higher standards and the chance of finding an English speaking consultant if necessary. In the rush to get everything covered before leaving the home country, dental care...
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...