Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Real estate purchase rules in China discouraging expat investors

Foreigners wishing to buy an apartment in Beijing or other major Chinese cities are being warned the process is anything but straightforward. For expats who’ve arrived in Beijing, found a job or started a business and are now thinking of buying an apartment, the process is tricky, complicated and takes a very long time, even although previous regulations regarding a stay of a year before an application will be considered are now removed. It seems the bureaucracy involved is putting off the vast majority of long-stay expats from...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Theresa May crackdown on UK Golden Visas not working

Applications for the UK’s extremely expensive Golden Visa have increased by 46 per cent since the UK government’s crackdown. In spite of a UK government crackdown aimed at rooting out corrupt, illicit money-laundered cash flowing to the UK via the Golden Visa scheme, applications from the global super-rich are still pouring in. Some 400 ultra-wealthy expat investors have taken up the offer of a Tier 1 visa since the year to 31 March, an increase of 46 per cent over figures for the previous tax year. Requirements for staying in...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK police still attempting to trace missing expat in Tenerife

British police are again asking for information about a UK expat who went missing more than 14 years ago in Tenerife. Kevin Ainley, a British expat living and working on the Spanish island of Tenerife, went missing in June 2004 and hasn’t been heard of since. Aged 24 at the time he disappeared, he had many friends both back in the UK and on the island, and his family are still hoping for new information which might at least put their minds at rest. Lancashire Police review officer Garry Fishwick told local media he knows the mystery...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors discover Brisbane real estate

Following a tough time in the sector, Brisbane’s real estate market is surging due to demand from expat investors. Over the past year, the Queensland capital has recorded a significant increase in the number of expat property purchasers attracted by bargain prices. Demand has risen by 6.7 per cent over the past 12 months, with real estate agencies reporting the vast majority of purchasers were expatriates. Houses in the upscale districts of Paddington, Indooroopilly and East Brisbane proved the most popular, with those looking for...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

The reality of living and working in Africa

Africa isn’t the first continent which comes to mind as an expat destination due to its ongoing civil unrest and ever-present dangers. The vast, untamed continent gives breathtaking contrasts between the first and third worlds but can be a world of opportunity for those adventurous enough to take it on. It seems every time an African state hits the international news, it’s for totally the wrong reasons. Another Ebola virus outbreak, Nigerian terrorists Boko Haram kidnapping more children, regular bombing of Christian churches and...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats and Nanking locals compete for worlds tastiest job

A Nanjing food preparation company was mobbed by over 100 applicants after it advertised a £57k a year job as a crayfish taster. Rather than simply advertising the amazing position and interviewing applicants, local food producer Bingku Daxia decided to hold a recruitment fair in order to find the best person for the job. Crayfish are all-time favourites all across China, usually served in a spicy broth by streetside food stalls as a summer speciality best enjoyed with friends and a quantity of cold beer. A crowd of a hundred...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

China green cards for 12 more top talent expat professionals

Another twelve expats living and working in Shanghai have been given permanent residency green cards. The twelve expatriates awarded permanent residence in China brings the total numbers of green cards given out to outstanding foreign professionals to 85. The scheme began in December 2016 and applies to high-level expat professionals who’ve been nominated by the city’s administrative commission. All 12 are working in the field of semiconductors and comprise seven US citizens along with Australian, Malaysian, German and Canadian...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
27 Jun at 4 PM 2018

Asian cities now most expensive for expats

Given the latest survey on costs of living in popular expat professional hubs, those looking to relocate to Asian cities might do well to renegotiate their salaries. The recent Mercer survey identified Hong Kong as, again, the world’s most expensive city for expat life, with Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul not far behind. The Hong Kong result isn’t much of a surprise, considering that a parking space can set you back some $760,000, and the average expat professional aiming for Asia wouldn't be much better off in Shanghai or Beijing....