Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in China to take part in 'attractive city' survey

Expats living and working in China are being asked to take part in a magazine survey to determine the most attractive Chinese city. Organiser International Talent Magazine is asking the country’s significant proportion of foreigners to vote via ‘wetalent’, the publication’s WeChat account, with 42 cities selected as candidates for the top spot. The cites are listed by population numbers, with seven home to over 10,million people, nine with between five and 10 million and 18 with between three and five million residents. Also...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai Black Expo introduces Africa to Chinese consumers

An event held recently in one of Shanghai's most historic buildings is shifting assumptions about black entrepreneurs in the Chinese mega-city. Set in Shanghai’s historic quarter, Black Expo is all about changing the way the Chinese see black expats living and working in the huge city. The event featured booths selling the best of black design, from Ghanain jewellery to fashions and much more, displaying the colourful, totally individual talent of black designers at present totally unfamiliar to the majority of the city’s Chinese...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Shenzhen or Hong Kong best for expat entrepreneurs?

Shenzhen is the fastest growing city in the world, but how does it compare with neighbouring Hong Kong? Expats have flocked to Hong Kong to make their fortunes in an exotic environment for decades, but the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen has overtaken the former British colony by concentrating on the tech boom. Nowadays, it’s known worldwide as Asia’s Silicon Valley and is breaking the accepted Chinese mould of copying - some say stealing - Western ideas by becoming a hub for innovation on a grand scale. The other, important for...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...