Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville now a burst bubble as China pulls out

Cambodia’s former peaceful holiday town of Sihanoukville may well have been wrecked by Chinese casinos and crooks, but the party’s now over. One a quiet coastal resort much loved by Cambodians as well as by a small community of Western expats, Sihanoukville swiftly became a hub for Chinese on- and offline casinos, Chinese triad gangs, street crime, murder, kidnapping and violence. Unchecked development, gross violations of environmental protection laws and poor quality construction wrecked the town, locals were forced out in...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Is China a long haul expat destination or just a stop on the road?

Most expats in China eventually face deciding whether they want to leave or stay. It has to be said that China is a unique world destination for expat professionals, whatever their expertise, but the vast majority aren’t in it for the long haul. However fascinating and challenging the stay in this unique country is, sooner rather than later it’s time to consider whether leaving isn’t a better option. For the majority, the factors which need considering are many, with the first usually connected to financial goals. Following...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Hong Kong face losing strong ties to the city

Expats in Hong Kong are privileged immigrants, many of whom have put down extended roots just as they did in their home countries. Some have worked in the city for decades and others are relatively new arrivals, but all consider Hong Kong as their home in a way that’s different from expats in other unfamiliar lands. All have the choice to leave should the situation deteriorate further but, should this happen, they’ll all be forced to lose their strong ties to this unique destination. There’s no such thing as an ‘expat...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Western tourists and expats in Thailand to be replaced by Indians

Western visitors and expats are now shunning Thailand in favour of other nearby destinations. The previous effect of Western tourism in Thailand wasn’t just to bring short-term revenue into the country as many visitors decided to make the popular Southeast Asian destination their permanent home, either by retiring, starting a business, finding a job or even marrying a Thai girl and starting a family. Nowadays, fewer and fewer Westerners are travelling that road, due to a perception they’re no longer welcome, difficulties with...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2019

China announces new digital ID platform for expatriate details

China’s new digital ID platform is expected to provide easy expat access to public services. The new digital identity verification site is expected to allow far easier access to China’s public services than exists at present. The system will hold names and passport details of every foreigner arriving in the vast country, sharing the info with a nationwide authentication platform. Expat access will be given to 35 specific public services including finance, accommodation, healthcare and education, with the listings expanded to cover...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

What next for expat professionals in Hong Kong?

As the Hong Kong protests continue, what does the expat community think? Some half a million non-Chinese expats from a variety of world countries are living and working on the tiny Hong Kong archipelago, the majority of whom are well aware of the global consequences should China decide to put a stop to the increasingly violent demonstrations. Most expats have tended to ignore Hong Kong’s politics as regards its relationship with China, but most now admit the situation may end the former British colony’s reputation as a world...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Slump in expat arrivals hits Thai condo market

The soaring baht and a dearth of expat arrivals have hit hard on the country’s condominium market. Real estate agents across Thailand are hunkering down and hoping to survive what one developer is calling the most severe situation in the past 10 years. Prices have slumped during 2019, mainly due to the continued rise in the baht and a strong fall in the numbers of Chinese and Western expats arriving to work or retire. Almost half a million residential condominiums both in Bangkok and other major cities were left unsold in 2018,...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Shanghai expatriates win Magnolia Awards including citizenship

Twelve prominent foreign professionals living and working in Shanghai are the latest expatriates to receive the coveted Magnolia Gold Award. Since the early days of Shanghai’s development into a thriving global city, it’s welcomed expats from across the world eager to help build its commercial and social infrastructure. Starting in 1989, the city fathers began awarding bronze Shanghai Gratitude Awards to foreigners who’d contributed to its development. Later renamed Magnolia awards for the flower engraved on the medals, the...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat-run horse rescue centre in Spain now dried out but running short of feed

The expat-run Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre based in Rojales is now dry, but is facing a chronic shortage of feed for 140 horses, ponies and other rescued livestock .During the bibilical floods caused by the gota fria weather phenomenon, the centre escaped the worst of the waters although the struggle to deal with the torrential rainfall went on for days. Expats and locals feared the worst when the Segura River overflowed its banks but, by a miracle, it didn’t flood the centre. Hundreds of animals including horses, donkeys, ponies,...