Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are expat surveys simply fodder for sponsored advertorials?

Do expats’ opinions really count, or are they just fodder for survey companies’ advertorial articles? The various annual expat survey reports can make or break specific locations, dependent on respondents’ opinions on everything from quality of life, health and well-being, happiness, safety and security and even digital life. A cursory glance at the results might lead would-be expats to believe respondent demographics only include wealthy, career-oriented expat professionals, but many in other life sectors such as retirement...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Shanghai urged to get rabies vaccinations

Many expats visiting rural areas of China during the New Year festivities aren’t aware they’re at risk of rabies. The Chinese New Year festivities are the perfect excuse for expats to travel to China’s spectacular rural regions, but a Shanghai hospital is strongly advising expatriates to get vaccinated against rabies before they take the trip. According to doctors working in the ER at Shanghai’s Jiahui International Hospital, expats are more at risk as they generally aren’t aware of the risk of rabies outside the country’s...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Shenzhen advice centre expat volunteers get thank-you cruise

Expats helping expats at Shenzhen’s Shekou Management and Service Centre recently enjoyed a well-deserved day out on the waves. Shekou district’s expat-aimed management and service centre was established by expat volunteers in 2017, with the aim of making life in the massive city more straightforward for new arrivals as well as old China hands. The area holds a large expatriate community, many of whom were finding it difficult to deal with everything from Chinese bureaucracy to the needs of everyday life. Staffed entirely by...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

New website helps expats buy online without the Chinese language

China’s online Chinese language sales sites beat out many of those in the rest of the world for price and selection, but everyone including expats who’re not fluent in Standard Chinese, is excluded. Sites such as Tmail and Taobao are hubs for Chinese buyers seeking bargains in everything from clothes through household goods to electronics, but foreigners have been struggling to order due to the language barrier. Two years ago, three innovative tech-minded expatriates with similar problems realised expat frustrations could be...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats deny international media reports of China Christmas ban

Beijing expats are rubbishing reports in the international media that the Chinese government has banned Christmas. China was accused by a number of highly-regarded international media outlets of cracking down on Christmas celebrations across the country. Once the news broke it went viral on Twitter, with expats decrying articles and TV coverage as ‘absolute BS’ and quoting their own and local Christmas celebrations as evidence. Many called the reports ‘fake news’, citing massive malls crammed with Chinese in Santa costumes,...
20 Dec at 6 PM 2018

British expats in Mijas warned over tech-savvy gang robbing cars

An enterprisingly tech-savvy gang of robbers are cloning car keys and robbing vehicles’ contents. Operating in Mijas on the Costa del Sol, a gang of youths have found the perfect way to steal the contents of cars without having to break in. They’ve discovered an inexpensive Chinese-made gadget easily available from internet electronics stores gives a free pass to either clone wireless keys or even create new keys, making entry into parked cars straightforward and quiet. The ‘Duplicator Copier Writer Programmer’ is one such,...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE keen to learn Arabic

Expats living and working in the UAE are showing a deal of interest in learning the local lingo. Some 80 per cent of the UAE’s entire population comprises expatriates, the majority of whom are non-Arabic speakers, with the English language the predominant business language in the emirates. However, an increasing number of expat professionals are now signing up to learn Arabic, with Dubai’s dozen or more language institutes gearing up to meet the extra demand for their services. The language institutes cover Mandarin Chinese as...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Malaysia still cheap for expats in spite of cost of living increases

The latest cost of living survey aimed at expats shows Malaysia is still an inexpensive country for expats in spite of its cost of living hikes. Unsurprisingly, Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s costliest expat hub, rising 24 places in the survey to 188 in the world city rankings, with Penang and Johor Bahru also seeing significant rises. KL is now more expensive for expatriates than Mumbai, New Delhi and Manila. In spite of the bad press as a result of the survey, KL is still one of Asia’s cheapest locations for expatriates relocating...
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...