Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Shanghai expats lose another English language voice

Popular English language online newspaper The Nanfang is set to close. Expats living and working in Shanghai are about to lose yet another favourite English language online news source, with the announcement of the Nanfang’s closure after seven years isure to sadden European expats living in working in the city. Launched in 2011, the Nanfang was aimed at providing community news, vievs and information to the growing expat community in Shanghai. Events, forums, classified ads, nightlife listings and relevant news items translated...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats shock at worldwide Marks and Spencer closures

Following the UK company’s decision to close its stores in China due to lack of demand, the quintessentially British retailer has now announced it will close100 stores in Europe. Known as a link with home for Brit expat shoppers, M&S has seemingly overreached itself with its huge expansion in Europe as well as its 10 stores in China. Once famed for its good quality, reasonably priced fashions and home décor goods, its UK sales figures and profits have been declining during recent years, although its website accounts for around...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China react to Sichuan cuisine

Of all the diverse cultural differences between China and the West, its exotic range of regional cuisines is one of the most controversial for expats. New arrivals from Western countries believe they are familiar with Chinese cooking due to the growth of Chinese restaurants across the entire Western world. What they maybe don’t appreciate is that said eateries tend to cut back on certain ingredients in order to satisfy Western tastes. Sichuan cuisine is the perfect example of a regional culinary tradition modified to suit those...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand drawing record number of expat professionals

Skilled workers desperate to get away from Western political chaos should check out New Zealand and its growing jobs market Given recent events in both the UK and USA, skilled workers in both countries may well be considering emigrating in order to further their careers in a secure political environment. New Zealand is already popular with expat professionals for its stability, laid-back lifestyle and stunning natural beauty, and its economy is growing at a good rate. Recruitment experts say jobs are out there for skilled workers...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expat dismay as Marks and Spencer deserts China

As if the shock of losing access to Uber wasn’t enough for Shanghai’s disparate expat community to bear, the news that Britain’s beloved Marks and Spencer store is to close all its Chinese branches may well be the last straw. Uber’s recent decision to delete its English-language app as well as ending payment by credit card was a tough call for expats in Shanghai, most of whom are not fluent in the Chinese language. Even so, the decision by one of the UK’s leading retailers is a worse blow for very practical reasons – the...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Vietnam shocked by sexual violence reports

Over the past few months, no less than 18 reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence have been uploaded to Hanoi’s online expat forum Hanoi Massive. Hanoi’s expat community is used to a peaceful lifestyle in the city, with females comfortable with walking alone and no aggressive behaviour on the streets or in the bars. Sadly, over the last few months, everything has changed following no less than 18 online reports on a local expat forum describing sexual harassment and violent attacks on lone expat women. One victim,...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Beijing government promotes Chinese hot spring culture to expats

As part of a new initiative to encourage expats and their families to explore Chinese culture, a group of foreign residents were given a chance to experience hot spring baths. Last Saturday, 50 expats and their families were taken on a day trip to a well-known hot spring resort in Beijing’s Changping district. The excursion formed part of a promotion to encourage the experience of Chinese culture and was aimed specifically at resident foreigners. Invitees came from 10 countries including the USA, the UK, Japan and Germany and...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China dismayed by changes in Uber

Expats living and working in China are shocked by the withdrawal of Uber’s dual-language app. The Uber International dual language app has been a lifesaver for Western expats attempting to negotiate the tangle of streets making up most of China’s major cities without having to learn Mandarin Chinese. Basically, Uber International cannot now be used within China, and its replacement, Uber China, doesn’t work anywhere else on the planet. Uber China only uses the Chinese language, and will not recognise destinations entered in...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Dubai fear Trump victory may harm financial markets

As Election Day dawns, US expat investors living in the UAE worry about the effect on financial markets and the dollar of a Trump victory. Anxiety in Dubai’s expat community over the possible effects of a Trump presidency on the US dollar is ramping up now that the election itself is underway. The UAE dirham is pegged to the dollar, making currency instability likely if the unthinkable becomes a reality. Other are sceptical, claiming the dollar is more likely to strengthen than fall due to the prospect of another US Federal...