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China Expat News

What Do Different Colours Mean in Different Countries?

It is no secret that colours are emotive. They can affect the way we feel, they can heal, and they can bring joy. They can remind us of a time of year, a certain place or a distant memory. Around the world different countries, cultures and groups of people associate colours differently. What could be a positive colour for some could be a sign of something sinister for others. Colour associations vary from country to country. Take a peep below to understand ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: Sinkholes

Although possible almost anywhere you go in the world, little awareness is raised with regards to sinkholes and the dangerous risks they pose. Whilst sinkholes vary in terms of size and severity, they can appear with little to no warning and in many cases can cause severe damage, injury and even death. Therefore, expats and travellers alike can only benefit from being aware of high-risk areas and how to keep yourself safe. How do sinkholes occur? A sinkhole refers to a depression or cavity in ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: Drought

Many people associate crippling droughts with desert landscapes or particularly hot countries that lack rainfall. However, there are locations around the world where rainfall is below average but, the majority of the time, everything is seemingly normal. Some of the most drought prone countries in the world include China, Morocco, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. Land only makes up 29% of the earth, so many find it surprising that drought is ever an issue. However, a third of land mass is considered desert. Global ... Read more

An Expat Student Guide to Chinese Visas

As one of the most intriguing countries in the world, China has become one of the most popular places to pursue a degree abroad. Students from Europe, the USA and other parts of Asia are flocking to Chinese city to experience a rigorous but comprehensive education and they are guaranteed to improve career prospects. Apart from being exposed to excellent teaching, you will immerse in the Chinese culture which will certainly deepen your intellectual horizon. What Chinese student visa do I need? Any ... Read more

Asia Dubbed Most Expensive Continent for Expats in 2018

A recent report from annual surveyor and the largest human resources consulting firm Mercer, revealed a report detailing the top 20 most expensive cities for expats. Asian cities dominated the list taking four spots in the top five and Hong Kong is sitting comfortably at the top. The list was accumulated by looking at a variety of different factors including transportation, property, food, clothes, everyday necessities and entertainment services. By evaluating these different areas of life the study was able to conclude ... Read more

China Give Permanent Residency to Skilled Expats

Getting a green card in China was once described as one of the most difficult procedures in the world. Expats who had been working and living in the country for 20 or more years were still struggling to obtain one despite being considered a resident of the country by their Chinese friends and family. In 2017 China loosened their rules around work permits as a bid to attract more foreign talent into the country. However, this was not particularly helpful for the ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in China?

According to China’s most recent National Census in 2010, the overwhelming population of over 1.3 billion is only made up of 600,000 expats. This 0.04% of the population has escalated over the past six years as international companies erect offices in the East and relocate workers. China is undoubtedly a daunting place to live due to the sheer mass of people, language barriers, and unique culture. However, there is an expat community in China, so what is drawing foreigners to the ... Read more

7 Surprising Food Etiquette Rules from Around the World

You have nailed the basics of elbows off the table, don’t slurp your soup, and don’t talk with your mouth full. You are safe in the knowledge that you can attend a dinner party without committing too many faux pas. However, heading abroad can open up a whole new can of worms. While we appreciate that every country has their own way of doing things when it comes to meal times, a life of continental eating is a tough one to ... Read more

Expat Education in China Gets a Revamp

China has been a talking point in recent months due to an English state academy opening a fee-paying school in the country. Joint-venture schools are emerging due to local laws preventing the admission of local students. Furthermore, the International Baccalaureate announced its 1,000th approved programme in Beijing. There are more foreigners moving to China for work than any other Asia Pacific region. Therefore, it is understandable that educational challenges for families moving to China are in the news. Recent reports have suggested that there are significant ... Read more

Expat Quality of Life Around the World Revealed

One of the main expat surveys carried out each year is the HSBC Expat Explorer; covered each year here on Expatriate Healthcare. The survey aims to rank countries of the world by their attractiveness to expats already living in those countries. However a competing survey has recently been published by Natwest with a slightly different angle. The so-called Natwest IPB Quality of Life Index, as the name suggests, aims to find those countries offering expats the highest quality of life. While the ... Read more
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