Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

China opens up Chinese stock trading to expats

China is to allow expats to trade in Chinese stocks from Saturday 15th, but it seems very few are in a rush to buy. From Saturday, most expats living and working across China will be permitted to open brokerage accounts for trades in yuan-denominated A shares, but many are in wait-and-see mode, quoting China’s reputation of rushing in where only fools dare to tread. One expatriate pointed out the volatility of the market, adding there will be mistakes needing to be corrected by brokerages and regulators before he’ll take the...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Massive Chinese building spree in Phnom Penh worries expat community

Chinese money is changing Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh beyond recognition. The city of Phnom Penh, formerly famous for its French colonial villas as well as its New Khmer Architecture modernist structures, is now becoming unrecognisable due to massive investment by Chinese developers. Over 200 investors arrived along with Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2016, with the subject under discussion the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. As a result, billions of dollars were committed for the construction of towering high rise...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats writing about China win awards

An award ceremony saluting foreign authors who write about China took place last week in Beijing. The Foreigners Writing China Programme award ceremony took place at Beijing’s China International Exhibition Hall at the end of last month, with five expatriate writers honoured for their work. The programme is government-inspired and selects as well as sponsoring foreign authors intending to write non-fiction, poetry and other genres in order to help them publish their works through the World Scientific publishing company. The...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Nanjing expat charity raises cash for childrens heart surgeries

The expat-run Hopeful Hearts charity’s Nanjing base is just one of the three under the same name, with the others in Guangzhou and Chengdu. Founded in 2003, the non-profit came into existence when two expat women found a desperately ill Chinese boy who’d been abandoned by his parents lying at the base of a large tree. Sadly, despite being rescued and taken to the nearest hospital for treatment, the baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and subsequently died. Since then , the charity has raised money to help sick...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2018

US expats overseas protest the Trump presidency

US expatriates all over the world as well as US citizens in the home country are joining together to protest the damage being caused to America by the Trump presidency. A recent weekend of protests in the USA and many favorite American expat locations made it clear not everyone is supporting the chaos in the White House caused by the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA and world leader. Amsterdam, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, London and many other world cities saw gatherings of expatriates making their feelings felt in no...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

China fatigue can spoil the expat experience

Expats who’ve been working in China for some while are in danger of experiencing ‘China fatigue’ China is a favourite destination for expatriates looking to experience a totally new and very different culture as well as finding either a well-paying new job or assistance with an entrepreneurial start-up. On arrival, there’s always a feeling of excitement, anticipation and fascination with the new surroundings, all of which are part of culture shock but can often morph into more serious reactions of frustration, annoyance,...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai to offer new startup visa for expat graduates and entrepreneurs

A new business startup visa is being introduced in a number of selected Shanghai districts. Foreign would-be entrepreneurs are expected to take full advantage of several pilot schemes for a new startup visa. The visa, officially known as the Private Residence Permit (Entrepreneurship) and commonly known as the ‘startup visa’, is valid for one year and extendable for a further year should the entrepreneur be able to show a successful company incorporation. Alternatively, the new visa is able to be transferred to a work permit once a...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai to be home to planets largest Chinatown

Will Dubai’s Chinese invasion squeeze out Western expat professionals? China’s in-your-face expansionist moves have so far been mainly confined to smaller Asian countries, but Dubai’s Dragon Mart development and its projected Dragon City will see the largest Chinese trading, retail and residential hub outside the mother country. Cleverly timed to coincide with the Chinese’ premier’s arrival in Dubai on an official visit, the UAE-based developer’s plan of an entire ‘city’ dedicated to Chinese expats and investors will...