Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in China to take part in 'attractive city' survey

Expats living and working in China are being asked to take part in a magazine survey to determine the most attractive Chinese city. Organiser International Talent Magazine is asking the country’s significant proportion of foreigners to vote via ‘wetalent’, the publication’s WeChat account, with 42 cities selected as candidates for the top spot. The cites are listed by population numbers, with seven home to over 10,million people, nine with between five and 10 million and 18 with between three and five million residents. Also...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai Black Expo introduces Africa to Chinese consumers

An event held recently in one of Shanghai's most historic buildings is shifting assumptions about black entrepreneurs in the Chinese mega-city. Set in Shanghai’s historic quarter, Black Expo is all about changing the way the Chinese see black expats living and working in the huge city. The event featured booths selling the best of black design, from Ghanain jewellery to fashions and much more, displaying the colourful, totally individual talent of black designers at present totally unfamiliar to the majority of the city’s Chinese...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Shenzhen or Hong Kong best for expat entrepreneurs?

Shenzhen is the fastest growing city in the world, but how does it compare with neighbouring Hong Kong? Expats have flocked to Hong Kong to make their fortunes in an exotic environment for decades, but the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen has overtaken the former British colony by concentrating on the tech boom. Nowadays, it’s known worldwide as Asia’s Silicon Valley and is breaking the accepted Chinese mould of copying - some say stealing - Western ideas by becoming a hub for innovation on a grand scale. The other, important for...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Chinese cities evaluated on environment, economy and society

The annual ranking by the government of Chinese cities gives newly arrived expats the best idea where to go. The China Integrated City Index evaluates and analyses 297 Chinese cities based on environment, economy and society, with the top ten giving a great choice for expats in all sector and professions. The three top are Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, all of which are popular destinations for expatriates looking for the most suitable home for their talents. The ranking takes place annually and was first done in 2016 by the...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Cambodia fear Chinese colonisation

Is Cambodia fast becoming a satellite of China? Cambodia has long been a destination for expatriates keen on Southeast Asia but disenchanted with Thailand and not quite ready for rural Laos, but the increasing Chinese presence in popular destinations such as Sihanoukville is worrying the long-stay foreign community. Chinese investment has transformed the former premier seaside resort over the past two years, forcing many Cambodians and expats to leave for the as yet unspoiled cities of Kampot and Kep. Sihanoukville’s formerly...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

World’s most unfriendly nations for expats

One important aspect when choosing an expat destination is undoubtedly the friendliness of the local people. Leaving friends and family in the home country and settling in an unfamiliar country with a confusing culture isn’t easy, and relies to some extent on the friendliness of new neighbours and work colleagues. Sadly, not all expat destinations offer friendship along with a new career and a generous salary, leaving gregarious expats and their spouses wondering whether they made the wrong choice. The latest Expat Insider...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

British and Irish buying up Spanish property

Foreign buyer purchases in Spain are up by 11 per cent, with Brits and the Irish cornering 15 per cent of the total foreign market. It’s old news that Spain is the most popular expat destination for British expats as well as for holidaymakers, but the threat of Brexit doesn’t seem to have dampened their enthusiasm for a sunny climate, inexpensive cost of living and a ready-made expat community. In total, some 17,388 foreigners bought their very own personal versions of the Spanish dream during this year’s second quarter –...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Taiwan rewards top expat talent with easy citizenship

Top expat talent in Taiwan now has a straightforward route to citizenship. The 90 expatriates in Taiwan who hold the coveted ‘Plum Blossom’ Alien Permanent Residency Certificates now have a simplified route to become Taiwanese citizens. The new citizenship procedure will apply to those senior expat professionals who’ve provided exceptional services to the country via their expertise and received the ‘Plum Blossom’ residency cards for their efforts. Those wishing to apply for nationalisation will only have to submit a letter...