Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

The reality of living and working in Africa

Africa isn’t the first continent which comes to mind as an expat destination due to its ongoing civil unrest and ever-present dangers. The vast, untamed continent gives breathtaking contrasts between the first and third worlds but can be a world of opportunity for those adventurous enough to take it on. It seems every time an African state hits the international news, it’s for totally the wrong reasons. Another Ebola virus outbreak, Nigerian terrorists Boko Haram kidnapping more children, regular bombing of Christian churches and...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats and Nanking locals compete for worlds tastiest job

A Nanjing food preparation company was mobbed by over 100 applicants after it advertised a £57k a year job as a crayfish taster. Rather than simply advertising the amazing position and interviewing applicants, local food producer Bingku Daxia decided to hold a recruitment fair in order to find the best person for the job. Crayfish are all-time favourites all across China, usually served in a spicy broth by streetside food stalls as a summer speciality best enjoyed with friends and a quantity of cold beer. A crowd of a hundred...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

China green cards for 12 more top talent expat professionals

Another twelve expats living and working in Shanghai have been given permanent residency green cards. The twelve expatriates awarded permanent residence in China brings the total numbers of green cards given out to outstanding foreign professionals to 85. The scheme began in December 2016 and applies to high-level expat professionals who’ve been nominated by the city’s administrative commission. All 12 are working in the field of semiconductors and comprise seven US citizens along with Australian, Malaysian, German and Canadian...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
27 Jun at 4 PM 2018

Asian cities now most expensive for expats

Given the latest survey on costs of living in popular expat professional hubs, those looking to relocate to Asian cities might do well to renegotiate their salaries. The recent Mercer survey identified Hong Kong as, again, the world’s most expensive city for expat life, with Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul not far behind. The Hong Kong result isn’t much of a surprise, considering that a parking space can set you back some $760,000, and the average expat professional aiming for Asia wouldn't be much better off in Shanghai or Beijing....
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

How to survive as an expat in China

Undoubtedly, China is becoming more Westernised year by year, but even for expats in it for the long-haul, there’s much about their lifestyle that’s simply bizarre. Even simple tasks such as stocking up on Western favourites from your nearest supermarket can be fraught with disappointment once you see empty shelves where there were cans of cream of tomato soup and other absolute necessities. Coming back next week doesn’t help, as this and many other non-Chinese taste products simply disappear, never to be seen again. Stranger...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai animal shelter seeks expat volunteers and fosterers for abandoned pets

Chinese locals and expats in Shanghai are working together to save abandoned pets. People for Pets was started in 2015 by Samantha and Ann, two expat ladies distressed by the number of abandoned pets in the giant city. Three years in, it’s a group of experienced rescuers bridging the gap between animal protection and animal welfare in Shanghai. Every dog and cat saved has either been born on the streets or abused and abandoned by their former owners, and is treated by vets for both physical and mental problems before settling down...