Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

China cost of living killing dream for expat workers

According to a survey by a relocation company, twice the number of expats are leaving China than are arriving, due to the country’s escalating cost of living. Up until recently, a relocation to Chjna was a must-have for adventurous expat professionals, especially those seeking high-tech jobs. Since the slow-down in the Chinese economy, the gloss has faded and many are packing up and returning home. Air pollution, the soaring cost of living in major Chinese cities and decreasing benefit packages are all reasons for the sharp...
9 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China get English language online shopping platform

After years of struggling with massive Chinese language online shopping sites such as Alibaba, expats now have their own English language online website connected with the huge retailer and its endless choices of goods. Finding the way around the huge, Mandarin language Alibaba sites and their 8000 million products has been a nightmare for expats working in China. Without a Chinese friend to help negotiate the giant sites, the chances of being able to purchase anything were rated as slim to none. Help, however, is at last in hand,...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Beijing greedy landlords making life difficult for expats

Expat quality of life in Beijing is being seriously affected by soaring rental increases. Although rent increases in Beijing are nothing new, greedy Chinese landlords nowadays are putting the screws on expat tenants as never before, especially in the more popular expat districts. Average rents in China’s capital rose last year by 14 per cent on top of the usual annual increases in previous years. A recent report from the Global Cities Business Alliance named Beijing as the world’s most expensive city for expat rentals, ahead...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation packages are encouraging British teachers to take the opportunities of a lifetime and leave the UK. With Britain’s schools already experiencing a recruitment famine, the brain drain effect of...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Barclays Bank to finally close its Gibraltar operations

After 125 years’ service to expats and residents on Britain’s overseas territory Rock of Gibraltar, Barclays Bank is finally shutting its doors and departing. A strategic review of the bank’s operations in Gibraltar took place in 2014, sounding the death knell for over a century of providing financial services to residents and expats on the Rock. Since then, a skeleton staff of 14 permanent employees and two contracted workers has focused operations on the bank’s local high net worth clients and large businesses. All staff...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New app aims to help non Mandarin speaking expats in China

A Beijing-based start-up has launched a new app aiming to give much-needed assistance to non-Mandarin-speaking expats living and working in China. With what seems like a genius of an idea for those whose brains just can’t get to grips with one of the world’s most difficult languages, GrabTalk’s new app is bound to be a roaring success. Nowadays, more and more expat professionals are flocking to the new opportunities and challenges of China, most of whom are encountering daily difficulties due to an inability to...