Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

At least 31 expats killed during Easter Sunday terror bombing

As the Sri Lanka death toll continues to rise, the number of expatriates who died in the terror attack is becoming clearer. The majority of victims killed or injured in the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attack were Sri Lankan members of the country’s Christian minority, but it’s now becoming clear at least 31 expatriates lost their lives. Information is slow in coming out as the Sri Lankan authorities have blocked the use of social media in order to prevent the possibility of revenge attacks on local Muslim communities. The...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats advised learning Chinese is vital for those working globally

The unprecedented economic boom taking place in China is a justification for expatriates working in its major cities to learn the language, especially if they’re active in the global marketplace. China’s manufacturing sector is now the planet’s largest, with UK companies in particular being urged to provide Chinese language classes for all their relocating expat professionals. Expanding a Western company into China often involves finding Chinese partners as well as employing non-specialist Chinese employees at far less cost than...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Tracking the millionaire expat migration pattern

Of all the expat diasporas going on at the moment, perhaps that of the ‘filthy rich’ tells the most tales. Much is written and read about the reasons behind the ever-increasing expat diasporas, with reasons given including a cheaper cost of living, better weather, more career opportunities, a comfortable retirement or just a wish to see the world. A recent survey focused on the preferences of the one group which rarely gets a mention – the planet’s 14 million high net worth individuals often referred to as the ‘filthy...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Saigon attempt marathon run in support of neonatal care charity

Three determined expats living and working in Saigon are to attempt a charity relay run between Vietnam’s Saigon city and Lao Cai in just 36 hours. On April 22, Brits Grant Bowdery and Rob West along with Marieke Dekkers from the Netherlands will attempt a non-stop relay run along the Red River’s banks between their base in Saigon and 300km distant Lao Cai. The 300km run is estimated to take 36 hours, requiring an average of around seven minutes per kilometre, with the runners changing places every one to two hours. The aim of...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals desperate for Chiang Mai smog remedy

Air pollution in Chiang Mai as a result of crop burning is an annual dry season problem affecting Thais and the sizeable expat community alike. When King Mengrai founded Lanna’s capital city of Chiang Mai some 700 years ago, he set it with the Ping River as its heart in a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains. Were he alive today, he might well regret his decision, as the city’s geographic location is the main reason it suffers the most due to the dry season’s polluted air. It’s not just local crop and forest burning...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats in China love their Roundabout charity shops

Charity shops are favourites in the West, so it’s no surprise they’ve made their way to China along with expats from across the Western world. Roundabout was China’s very first charity store when it opened 10 years ago with the intent of raising money for vulnerable social groups in Beijing. Groups helped included children with physical challenges or serious illnesses, orphans, the elderly, women, earthquake victims and more. The store also provided a meeting place for expats who wanted to help and didn’t know how to go about...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

April Fools Day prank scares expat talent in China

Reports of scary changes to China’s visa rules were just an April Fools Day prank, but social media responses illustrate the insecurity of being an expat nowadays. China is one of a numbeChina, expats in China, April Fools Day prank, changes to Chinese visa requirement, WeChat, New Immigration Requirements, racial prejudice, PDF, thinly-disguised prejudice, visa policies, r of countries whose governments have recognised the value of expat professionals to the economy and are actively encouraging interest from entrepreneurs,...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

China tax reform may spell disaster for expatriate talent

China’s 2018 review of and changes to its individual income tax system will come into effect in 2021. During the opening up of China to the rest of the world, foreign workers were the only demographic affected by the introduction of individual income tax as locals didn’t earn enough to have to pay. Since then, a spectacular increase in average salaries has taken place, yet only some 2 per cent of Chinese workers pay the tax. Even although 2 per cent of the population amounts to some 28 million Chinese, the government now believes...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Indian budget airline desperate to hire experienced expat pilots

An Indian budget carrier is now recruiting expat pilots as well as Indian pilots about to lose their jobs with financially troubled Jet Airways. India’s budget airline IndiGo is taking advantage of its rival’s financial difficulties by offering jobs to pilots about to lose their jobs as well as to expatriate flyers looking to live and work in India. The budget airline has been busy expanding its routes as well as its fleet of aircraft and now needs qualified and experienced pilots for its over 200 aircraft. The fleet is...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Beijing runners club helps new expat arrivals learn Chinese

For newly arrived expats, keeping fit may not be the priority, but one Beijing social running club is great for practicing the local language. Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese is probably the most challenging aspect of a move to China, not only because it’s one of the world’s most difficult languages to master but because of its hidden cultural aspects. Also, just like all other languages, Chinese has its slang expressions and words, most of which aren’t included in the formal language schools and private tuition taken by most...