Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expat salaries and packages in Asia declining in value

Once the darling of expat professionals, Asia is losing its shine as the value of Singapore and Hong Kong rewards decline. The latest survey of expat salaries worldwide has revealed that, although Hong Kong is still top of the tree for expats wanting to advance their careers, Singapore wins out as regards lifestyle. Middle management positions in Hong Kong command pay packages of around HK$2,070,000, a drop in real terms from 2015 even although the city’s ranking moved up from 5th to 4th. The reason for the decline in monetary...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Is Brexit the downmarket UK version of House of Cards

As the ramifications of the Brexit referendum descend further into farce, those affected could be forgiven for seeing its induced political chaos as a downmarket version of the popular US political drama 'House of Cards’. A famous Chinese curse. ‘may you live in interesting times’ applies not only to the millions of UK and EU expats frightened for their futures, but also includes the back-stabbing British political elite responsible for the chaos of the last two weeks.The ‘advisory’ referendum itself is now spawning...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China support Chinglish for its unintended humour

The mangled Chinese-English translations known as Chinglish have won a place in the hearts of the expat community in China for their unintentional humour. Mistranslations from foreign languages to English of signs, slogans, directions and just about every other form of communication are common across the expat world, but none have gripped expats’ imaginations as has Chinglish. With its expressions ranging from hilarious to downright weird, Westerners working in China are now defending its use in everyday conversations. One...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Beijing worry about Brexit effects

International expats living and working in Beijing are increasingly concerned about the short- and long-term effects of Britain’s leaving the European Union. UK expats in Beijing and China’s other major cities are in a state of anxiety and uncertainty ever since the shock waves resulting from the Brexit win reverberated across the planet. Although everything’s in a state of flux right now, the possible future implications need to be studied. The big question being asked by expats in China as well as across the rest of the...
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...