At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at China and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.China Expats
With nearly 6,000 members, the China Expats Facebook is a group where expats share and access topics such as new business trends, Chinese legals matter, job opportunities, education, local health care and interesting events all around China. Rather professional in tone, this is an excellent source of information for those new to China as well as longterm residents.
Claiming to be one of the most active English-language forums in China, this 60,000 member strong community is full of tips, advice and essential local knowledge. Focusing on one of the largest cities – one with over 5 million residents – this is an essential Facebook page to help expats settle into their new life. Featuring jobs, housing, personals, articles and events listings amongst other user listed articles, it makes for a fascinating read.
Young Expats In China
With a focus on the under-30s, be prepared for a supportive group of expats with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. The Young Expats In China Facebook page was launched in 2012 and has supported a global base of emigres since. The timeline is a mixture of entertaining thoughts on life and handy explanation guides for living in Asia.
Expats! Moving to China? Living in China
Don’t be fooled by the expressive use of punctuation, this group is a professional space in which to to reach out to other local like-minded people, to join, interact, and share experiences. The group administrators encourage the members to ask questions, share, like, dislike, find events, and above all have fun!
Expat Women in China
Simply calling themselves a community for Expat Women in China, what they do is so much more. Creating a safe and supportive space for all nationalities to chat about the unique challenges, not to mention bonuses of living in China, alongside the occasional video simply designed to lighten the mood of a long weekday. 3,500 people like and follow the page, creating a lively group.
Expats in Guangzhou China
Guangzhou is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River, and has a large population of expats. Setting up a Facebook group to facilitate new connections and reignite long lost friendships has helped many expats settling into a new home in the city. With an active timeline, the group shares everything from English teaching job roles to introspective articles.
Expat Black Women in East Asia
A thriving group of black women who are current or former expatriates, who currently or have previously lived in an East Asian country, namely: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and/or any of the ASEAN (southeast Asian) countries. This supportive community is alive with cheeky humour and compassion in equal measures.
A major port city in northeastern China, Tianjin is a combination of Chinese architecture, European inspired buildings and gleaming skyscrapers. Living in amongst these monumental historical symbols, 2,000+ Tianjin locals and expats use this Facebook group as an online meeting-place. A fantastic resource, the forums and classified sections are essential for expats.
The China Business Review
The China Business Review (CBR), published since 1974 by the US-China Business Council, and online since 1997, is the leading voice on both American and international commercial relations with China. Full of market insights and sharing professional articles aimed specifically towards businesses both in China and further abroad.
Offering readers random lists of Chinese lifestyle, culture, history and many other things in China, this Facebook page is definitely one for the curious traveller. Featuring quick read articles such as ’10 Chinese traditions every tourist should know’ ranging to ‘The 10 best restaurants in Shanghai’, this page is one for remembering.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in China on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!