Expat China News
Latest 10 news items tagged China
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018
A recently published HSBC survey ranks Thailand six points lower than in last year’s listings.
Once one of the most popular destinations for expat retirees, Thailand has slipped still further in the results of the latest Expat Explorer survey, losing six points from last year’s results and finishing 21st out of the 31 countries whose rankings were released earlier this week. Expats rated property and general health highly, with disposable income also scoring well, but the final result was affected by low scores in a number of...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018
Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has now benefitted the country by around four billion euros since its 2012 inception.
The term ’Golden Visa’ tends to raise blood pressures in Portugal’s everyday expat communities and invariably attract negative comments, but they’re a great way for a country to fill its coffers with cash, wherever the funds originate and however they arrived in the country. A total of 6,500 second passports and residency rights have been granted, and the cash investment required has been mainly used to...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018
If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries.
The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese
developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018
Due to massive overcrowding in Shanghai’s otherwise satisfactory public transport and on its roads, many expats are turning to e-bikes, scooters and motorbikes as a practical means of getting around.
An expat survey by an internationally-focused English language newspaper in the city revealed the majority of expatriates living and working in Shanghai are now the proud possessors of e-bikes, scooters and motor bikes after giving up on never-ending traffic jams and the twice-daily crush on public buses and the metro. Several approved...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018
is to allow expats to trade in Chinese
stocks from Saturday 15th, but it seems very few are in a rush to buy.
From Saturday, most expats living and working across China
will be permitted to open brokerage accounts for trades in yuan
-denominated A shares, but many are in wait-and-see mode, quoting China’s reputation of rushing in where only fools dare to tread. One expatriate pointed out the volatility of the market, adding there will be mistakes needing to be corrected by brokerages and regulators before he’ll take the...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2018
money is changing Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh beyond recognition.
The city of Phnom Penh, formerly famous for its French colonial villas as well as its New Khmer Architecture modernist structures, is now becoming unrecognisable due to massive investment by Chinese
developers. Over 200 investors arrived along with Chinese
President Xi Jinping in October 2016, with the subject under discussion the Chinese
Belt and Road Initiative. As a result, billions of dollars were committed for the construction of towering high rise...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2018
An award ceremony saluting foreign authors who write about China
took place last week in Beijing.
The Foreigners Writing China
Programme award ceremony took place at Beijing’s China
International Exhibition Hall at the end of last month, with five expatriate writers honoured for their work. The programme is government-inspired and selects as well as sponsoring foreign authors intending to write non-fiction, poetry and other genres in order to help them publish their works through the World Scientific publishing company.
30 Aug at 6 PM 2018
The expat-run Hopeful Hearts charity’s Nanjing base is just one of the three under the same name, with the others in Guangzhou and Chengdu.
Founded in 2003, the non-profit came into existence when two expat women found a desperately ill Chinese
boy who’d been abandoned by his parents lying at the base of a large tree. Sadly, despite being rescued and taken to the nearest hospital for treatment, the baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and subsequently died. Since then , the charity has raised money to help sick...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2018
US expatriates all over the world as well as US citizens in the home country are joining together to protest the damage being caused to America by the Trump presidency.
A recent weekend of protests in the USA and many favorite American expat locations made it clear not everyone is supporting the chaos in the White House caused by the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA and world leader. Amsterdam, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, London and many other world cities saw gatherings of expatriates making their feelings felt in no...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018
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...