Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Thai officials spur racism against expats over face masks

As the COVID-19 virus tightens its grip on Thailand’s major cities as well as its capital, expats are fearing cultural clashes between the foreign community, local Thais and Thai government officials. Since the country’s incidence of infections and deaths tripled over just one week, the Thais themselves began to regard the wearing of masks as obligatory, as it showed their concern for others’ health even if no infections had been reported in their areas. Westerners and resident expats, however, tended towards believing the...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Beijing volunteering to help combat the virus

Bilingual international expats living and working in Beijing are joining in the huge city’s war against the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing’s expat population is set at almost 150,000 and contains some 37,000 international organisations. Rather than returning to their home countries when the outbreak began, many have decided to stay in the city and defend their ‘second home’ and its residents against the deadly infection. The massive city's Chaoyang District’s nickname is the ‘embassy area’, and is home to some 60,000...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat residents in Thailand uneasy about official coronavirus reports

Expats in Thailand are now questioning how many Chinese arrivals from Wuhan are still in the country’s popular tourism destinations. Until the first few days of breaking news over the Wuhan coronavirus, Thailand’s southern islands, the capital Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai were crammed with Chinese tourists, the majority of whom were believed to have arrived from Hubei province and Wuhan itself. Frequent flights from the virus-hit city continued until China itself locked down flights from its infected areas, but...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus hits hard on Thailand’s struggling hospitality industry

Expats and tourists are abandoning Thailand due to the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese visitors have been propping up Thailand’s tourist industry for a good few years, with package tourists from Wuhan arriving daily at all its visitor destinations. In addition, the Southeast Asian state’s real estate sector has benefited from Chinese purchases of condo units and houses in all favourite destinations including Bangkok. This year alone, the destination was expecting some 10 million Chinese visitors, but China’s ban on travel and the...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Vacancies in Beijing and Hong Kong now the norm due to virus spread

Hong Kong and Beijing are running short of expat bankers as the coronavirus threat grows. As attempts to regulate the spread of the virus become even more restrictive, thousands of international bankers are fleeing Hong Kong and mainland China for offices outside the immediate danger zone. International schools are closing for the time being and the luxurious lives of the mega-wealthy expatriate professionals are being seriously disrupted as their trusted domestic staff are unable to follow them to safer locations. For those...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

The UAE annual Camel Trek will become a marathon next year

Following the success of last month’s annual UAE Camel Trek, the emirate’s Heritage Centre has announced an annual Camel Trek Marathon, open to both expats and tourists. The announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince followed on after the successful staging of a camel race between the 13 expats who’d taken part in the annual Camel Trek. After a deal of training and the trek itself, expatriates from the UK, Japan, China, Romania, Armenia, the USA, Finland and Germany displayed their camel-riding skills in an exciting race. March...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Charitable Shanghai expat companies pouring millions of yuan into fighting the coronavirus

Expat professionals living and working in China are doing what they can to fight against the coronavirus epidemic along with their Chinese colleagues. Whether they’re newly arrived expat entrepreneurs or upscale winners of China’s coveted Magnolia Award, internationals in the country are doing their best to be of use during the country-wide health crisis. In Shanghai, members of the newly founded Magnolia Huangpu Club who’ve received the Gold or Silver awards are organising donations of materials as well as cash to be used to...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats and locals stocking up on necessities as virus victim numbers increase

Locals and expats in Europe are stocking up due to fears of forced lockdowns or voluntary quarantines. As coronavirus cases continue to increase across Europe and the risk of contracting the disease is officially raised to ‘high’, expats and locals are raiding local malls and stores. Panic shopping is increasing across the continent, with stockpiling of necessities causing empty supermarket shelves. In Italy and France, governments have announced strict rules against public events, with get-togethers of over 5,000 in enclosed...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How are expats in Singapore coping with the coronavirus crisis?

Is the coronavirus epidemic wrecking Singapore’s record on safety? One of the major plus-points of Singapore as an expatriate professional destination is its long record of overall safety. Due to its geographic location, the risks of natural disasters are very low, as tsunamis and tropical cyclones seem to avoid the city state and volcanic eruptions aren’t close enough to cause anything more than ash clouds. Another positivity for expat residents on the island is the openness which allows the harmonious multicultural existence of...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Will post-Brexit Anglo-Chinese relationships affect Brit expats?

How are British expats in China reacting to the possible consequences of Brexit? The UK’s post-Brexit relations with China aren’t just a matter for governments as the future of British expats in China may hang on the success of negotiations. At the present time, most UK citizens living and working in the massive country seem more concerned over the various risks to their futures from the coronavirus epidemic than on the remote possibility of Brexit’s wrecking of their lifestyles in their chosen location. When asked how they...