Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

China fatigue can spoil the expat experience

Expats who’ve been working in China for some while are in danger of experiencing ‘China fatigue’ China is a favourite destination for expatriates looking to experience a totally new and very different culture as well as finding either a well-paying new job or assistance with an entrepreneurial start-up. On arrival, there’s always a feeling of excitement, anticipation and fascination with the new surroundings, all of which are part of culture shock but can often morph into more serious reactions of frustration, annoyance,...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai to offer new startup visa for expat graduates and entrepreneurs

A new business startup visa is being introduced in a number of selected Shanghai districts. Foreign would-be entrepreneurs are expected to take full advantage of several pilot schemes for a new startup visa. The visa, officially known as the Private Residence Permit (Entrepreneurship) and commonly known as the ‘startup visa’, is valid for one year and extendable for a further year should the entrepreneur be able to show a successful company incorporation. Alternatively, the new visa is able to be transferred to a work permit once a...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai to be home to planets largest Chinatown

Will Dubai’s Chinese invasion squeeze out Western expat professionals? China’s in-your-face expansionist moves have so far been mainly confined to smaller Asian countries, but Dubai’s Dragon Mart development and its projected Dragon City will see the largest Chinese trading, retail and residential hub outside the mother country. Cleverly timed to coincide with the Chinese’ premier’s arrival in Dubai on an official visit, the UAE-based developer’s plan of an entire ‘city’ dedicated to Chinese expats and investors will...
30 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats advised to remit as sterling struggles

British expats living and working overseas are being urged to remit as the pound sterling is undervalued. As fears of a hard Brexit and its devastating effect on the UK’s economy increase, expats working overseas are being urged to remit before it’s too late. According to analysts, sterling’s instability will continue over the eight months left before Brexit kicks in, with the chance of a no-deal becoming ever more likely. Since mid-April, when the pound was at its highest rate since the 2016 referendum, many factors are...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Real estate purchase rules in China discouraging expat investors

Foreigners wishing to buy an apartment in Beijing or other major Chinese cities are being warned the process is anything but straightforward. For expats who’ve arrived in Beijing, found a job or started a business and are now thinking of buying an apartment, the process is tricky, complicated and takes a very long time, even although previous regulations regarding a stay of a year before an application will be considered are now removed. It seems the bureaucracy involved is putting off the vast majority of long-stay expats from...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Theresa May crackdown on UK Golden Visas not working

Applications for the UK’s extremely expensive Golden Visa have increased by 46 per cent since the UK government’s crackdown. In spite of a UK government crackdown aimed at rooting out corrupt, illicit money-laundered cash flowing to the UK via the Golden Visa scheme, applications from the global super-rich are still pouring in. Some 400 ultra-wealthy expat investors have taken up the offer of a Tier 1 visa since the year to 31 March, an increase of 46 per cent over figures for the previous tax year. Requirements for staying in...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK police still attempting to trace missing expat in Tenerife

British police are again asking for information about a UK expat who went missing more than 14 years ago in Tenerife. Kevin Ainley, a British expat living and working on the Spanish island of Tenerife, went missing in June 2004 and hasn’t been heard of since. Aged 24 at the time he disappeared, he had many friends both back in the UK and on the island, and his family are still hoping for new information which might at least put their minds at rest. Lancashire Police review officer Garry Fishwick told local media he knows the mystery...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors discover Brisbane real estate

Following a tough time in the sector, Brisbane’s real estate market is surging due to demand from expat investors. Over the past year, the Queensland capital has recorded a significant increase in the number of expat property purchasers attracted by bargain prices. Demand has risen by 6.7 per cent over the past 12 months, with real estate agencies reporting the vast majority of purchasers were expatriates. Houses in the upscale districts of Paddington, Indooroopilly and East Brisbane proved the most popular, with those looking for...