Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

12 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats and Chinese fleeing Hong Kong have now discovered Portugal

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is preparing to welcome increasing numbers of expats fleeing the Hong Kong riots. As the protests in Hong Kong continue and the chance of Chinese military intervention increases, expatriates as well as Hong Kong nationals are looking for ways out of the mess. Although Portugal is well-known as a retirement destination for British expat pensioners, it’s now getting a second string to its bow via its Golden Visa investment programme. According to real estate agents in the region, applications for...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Beijing fearing pneumonic plague outbreak

For ambitious expat techies, the past few years have resulted in sizeable communities being established in all China’s major cities, with Beijing the most popular. China’s image over the past decade has changed from that of a Communist threat to the rest of the world to a safe, welcoming haven for expat professionals in many fields. The tech sector in particular has benefited by the vast land’s opening of opportunities and seemingly genuine welcomes for those with specific talents and a sense of adventure. As a result, Chinese...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Shanghai hold debate over election and Brexit

A debate held by a group of British expatriates living and working in Shanghai reinforced the strength of feeling held by UK citizens overseas. Brexit is still of critical importance to British expats in China, even although they’re many thousands of miles away from home. Last Sunday’s debate in Shanghai was dominated by this week’s election and its possible effect should Johnson remain as Prime Minister and Brexit become a reality. The debate took place at one of British expats’ favourite bars, with five speakers...
9 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Why VPNs are essential for expat digital nomads

For those who never leave their home country, using a VPN may not be a priority, but for expats it’s a necessity, no matter where they’re located. Nowadays, living and working overseas is a fairly straightforward procedure once the correct visa is obtained, but internet access can be less than straightforward, dependent on your location. Even if you’re not dependent on personal internet access to stay in touch with those at home or use social media, unhindered surfing can be tricky – even more so if you’re enjoying online...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat parents overseas saving money on UK private education due to sterling fall

Whilst British expat retirees on state pensions are struggling to deal with the drop in purchasing power caused by the plunging pound, expat parents with generous salaries in dollars or yen can buy cut-price British private education. British private boarding schools are regarded as the world class gold standard for education, as are the top British universities, with parents all over the world competing for places. Given that sterling is now at a 34-year low, expat and overseas parents are now able to afford to send their kids to the...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Irish expats in Taipei admit to missing Irish weather

As Taipei is voted best expat city in the world, its Irish expats are missing their home country’s weather. For the second year running, the Taiwanese capital is now ranked as the world’s best expat professional destination. Expats in the large community feels safe and happy with their quality of life and are avid fans of the city’s transportation system in spite of their initial culture shock when confronted with the huge crowds in the central area. Taipei, it seems, is deliberately planned to provide convenience in every...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UAE camel trek opens up vast deserts and Bedouin culture to expats

For a few lucky expats in the UAE, the journey of a lifetime is on right now. Deserts, the Bedouin heritage and camels are the hallmark of the Arab States’ long, fascinating history involving journeys across seemingly unending vistas of sand. Many of those who’ve read about the region’s earlier days can’t begin to imagine how the camels and their owners found their way across what seems like a futuristic, ever-shifting landscape under a burning sun. Every year, eleven lucky expats get the chance to find out everything they want...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat SMEs in Hong Kong feeling the pinch as protests continue

As expats in Hong Kong brace themselves for the next protest, the authorities are pinning their hopes on throwing money at the issue. The past six months of increasingly violent protests as well as the Trump/China trade war have eaten into Hong Kong’s economy to the extent that many small and medium sector companies are facing a lack of liquidity and even bankruptcy. Last week, the government announced further stimulus measures totalling $421 million in an effort to stave off what’s beginning to seem inevitable should the protests...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Where next for expat entrepreneurs in the tech sector

Dependent on the specific business sector, Dubai ranks highly as best for start-ups, but so do many other world countries. Deciding which location is best for your entrepreneurial start-up can be tricky, as this new world in all its expat glory isn’t just the ‘one size fits all’ destination as described online. Certain countries and cities may be the chance of a lifetime for one speciality but dead in the water for another, however innovative the idea. For example, ever-popular Dubai works well for entrepreneurs in the...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat Scottish minister opens church as a refuge for HK protestors

As violence in Hong Kong intensifies, a Scottish expat minister has opened her church as a refuge for protestors. Scottish minister of religion Maggie Mathieson told local reporters her Kowloon Union Church is now a refuge for demonstrators needing a place of safety as the eight-month long protests grow ever more violent. Mathieson’s dismay as she watched Hong Kong residents’ lives shatter in a way not seen for the past 20 years gave her the impetus to provide a safe haven for protestors risking police action during what began as...