Shanghai tops list of favourite expat destinations in China

Published:  18 Apr at 6 PM
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Tagged: China, Travel Abroad
In the latest survey of Chinese cities, Shanghai rates tops for the fourth time in the last six years.

In recent years, working as an expat in China has become the norm rather than the exception. Nowadays, Beijing and other massive conurbations are increasingly popular with foreigners looking to augment their CVs and experience this formerly closed country.

The results of an important annual survey of 10 Chinese cities were released last weekend, confirming that Shanghai was again the most liveable from the expat point of view. The city ranked highest in four categories including working environment, living environment and Chinese policies for working professionals. Shanghai was considered the best of the rest across the board, beating the country’s capital, Beijing into second place.

Over 48,000 expats living across China took part in the online and offline survey on behalf of the China Society for Research and International Talent Magazine. Shanghai’s 88,000 resident expat professionals, representing one-sixth of the total number of foreign experts in China, obviously played a major part in the city’s success.

In spite of its notoriously high level of pollution, Beijing scored second place in the survey, followed by Hangzhou and Shenzhen in third and fourth places. Tianjin, Qingdao, Suzhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen made up the list, with Jinan coming last.

Noyan Rona, a Turkish banker with 20 years’ experience of living in Shanghai, puts the city’s popularity down to its blend of past, present and future, adding that it’s dynamic, friendly safe and more than happy to accept people from every culture without prejudice.

In contrast, a recent media report detailed concerns by female expats working in Beijing about the risks of living and travelling alone in China. Several expat women gave their experiences of being attacked in the city, describing what happened as well as the indifference of those who were asked for help after the attacks took place.

A video of the attack retrieved from a security camera soon went viral, as did another in which a hotel manager showed indifference and suggested the woman was sensationalising the incident.
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