Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expats desert Sihanoukville after Chinese takeover

Expats are leaving Sihanoukville in droves as the Chinese takeover continues with crime, pollution, cancelled leases and much more. Until recently, Sihanoukville was a charming beachside hub popular both with Western and Cambodian tourists as well as with expatriates arriving from the West or from neighbouring countries whose immigration rules were being tightened up. The town had everything from a selection of beautiful beaches, guesthouses, little local restaurants and bars, reasonably priced rentals and a few expat developers who...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Chinese international expo to feature expat lifestyle documentary

The daily life of expats living and working in Guangdong is to be featured in a video. The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo, as its name suggests, is intended to promote worldwide commercial cooperation as well as cultural exchange. Given China’s new-found popularity with expat entrepreneurs, professionals and English teachers, it’s no surprise the expo will feature a micro-documentary showing the daily lives of expats in the mega-city. Entitled ‘Guangdong’s Expats: A Day in the Life’, it’s...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

HSBC survey rates Thailand lower than in 2017 rankings

A recently published HSBC survey ranks Thailand six points lower than in last year’s listings. Once one of the most popular destinations for expat retirees, Thailand has slipped still further in the results of the latest Expat Explorer survey, losing six points from last year’s results and finishing 21st out of the 31 countries whose rankings were released earlier this week. Expats rated property and general health highly, with disposable income also scoring well, but the final result was affected by low scores in a number of...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Portugal Golden Visa programme nets four billion euros

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has now benefitted the country by around four billion euros since its 2012 inception. The term ’Golden Visa’ tends to raise blood pressures in Portugal’s everyday expat communities and invariably attract negative comments, but they’re a great way for a country to fill its coffers with cash, wherever the funds originate and however they arrived in the country. A total of 6,500 second passports and residency rights have been granted, and the cash investment required has been mainly used to...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Shanghai prefer e-biking to overcrowded public transport

Due to massive overcrowding in Shanghai’s otherwise satisfactory public transport and on its roads, many expats are turning to e-bikes, scooters and motorbikes as a practical means of getting around. An expat survey by an internationally-focused English language newspaper in the city revealed the majority of expatriates living and working in Shanghai are now the proud possessors of e-bikes, scooters and motor bikes after giving up on never-ending traffic jams and the twice-daily crush on public buses and the metro. Several approved...