Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

9 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats now being repatriated from Myanmar as medical supplies arrive

In spite of an overall incoming flight lockdown, Myanmar has been busy repatriating expats as well as receiving medical supplies from China. Myanmar’s incoming flight ban began on March 30 and is due to be reviewed next Monday, but relief flights out of the country and incoming essential supply flights have been taking place on a regular basis. To date, some 800 Chinese expats stranded in Yangon have been repatriated to Guangzhou and Seoul via Myanmar Airlines International flights, with two more flights due to leave today and...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Pattaya hit by yet more local travel rules

Thailand’s infamous sin city of Pattaya is now under even tougher measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Although Thailand’s total numbers of covid-19 infections and deaths seems far lower than in the majority of other affected world countries, it seems some regions are worse affected than others. Known as ‘party central’ or ‘sin city’, Pattaya’s popularity with older male Westerners is well-known, and its tourism revenue was high as a result until the arrival of the unwelcome Chinese visitor...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Dublin charity gets €20,000 worth of masks from Irish expats in China

An appeal by an Irish expat living and working in China has resulted in donations totalling €20,000 being used to send protective equipment to the home country. Fiona Sheahan, an expat teacher at a Shanghai primary school, also heads up an Irish community group holding traditional cultural events such as St Patrick’s Day, cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Intending to raise money for essential personal protection items desperately needed back home, she posted on WeChat calling for donations. Much to her amazement, over four...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats trapped in Cambodia getting no help from their government

An Oz expat group is trapped in Cambodia after the Australian government ignored their pleas for help. As fears mount over the likelihood of a full lockdown and state of emergency in Cambodia, a group of 85 Australian expatriates desperate to leave are being refused any assistance from their government. Commercial flights out of the Southeast Asian country are being sold at extortionate rates and then cancelled, forcing those affected to pay even more with no guarantee of further cancellations. Worse still, most routes to Australia...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in lockdowns can use spare time to learn local languages

Making the most of your unwelcome lockdowns by learning the local language. For expats going stir-crazy as lockdowns drag on, turning an essential imposition into an advantage by learning the local language is the best idea. New arrivals in the vast majority of favourite expat locations worldwide usually place learning the local language high on their priority lists, but a good number give up after a few months of lessons. For some, it’s because there are so many other fun things to do, and for others it’s simply too much like...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2020

American expats in Spain fear for relatives and friends back home

US expats in Spain are fearing for their homeland itself as well as for families and friends. It’s often forgotten that Spain isn’t just a retirement hub for British expats, as there’s also a strong USA contingent scattered across the most popular regions. Spain was one of the first countries to suffer high numbers of infections and deaths from covid-19, but the USA is now taking over as the most dangerous world country due to total mismanagement and a lack of appreciation and acceptance of scientific facts. For Americans in...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Thai officials spur racism against expats over face masks

As the COVID-19 virus tightens its grip on Thailand’s major cities as well as its capital, expats are fearing cultural clashes between the foreign community, local Thais and Thai government officials. Since the country’s incidence of infections and deaths tripled over just one week, the Thais themselves began to regard the wearing of masks as obligatory, as it showed their concern for others’ health even if no infections had been reported in their areas. Westerners and resident expats, however, tended towards believing the...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Beijing volunteering to help combat the virus

Bilingual international expats living and working in Beijing are joining in the huge city’s war against the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing’s expat population is set at almost 150,000 and contains some 37,000 international organisations. Rather than returning to their home countries when the outbreak began, many have decided to stay in the city and defend their ‘second home’ and its residents against the deadly infection. The massive city's Chaoyang District’s nickname is the ‘embassy area’, and is home to some 60,000...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat residents in Thailand uneasy about official coronavirus reports

Expats in Thailand are now questioning how many Chinese arrivals from Wuhan are still in the country’s popular tourism destinations. Until the first few days of breaking news over the Wuhan coronavirus, Thailand’s southern islands, the capital Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai were crammed with Chinese tourists, the majority of whom were believed to have arrived from Hubei province and Wuhan itself. Frequent flights from the virus-hit city continued until China itself locked down flights from its infected areas, but...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus hits hard on Thailand’s struggling hospitality industry

Expats and tourists are abandoning Thailand due to the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese visitors have been propping up Thailand’s tourist industry for a good few years, with package tourists from Wuhan arriving daily at all its visitor destinations. In addition, the Southeast Asian state’s real estate sector has benefited from Chinese purchases of condo units and houses in all favourite destinations including Bangkok. This year alone, the destination was expecting some 10 million Chinese visitors, but China’s ban on travel and the...