Surekha, Shanghai

Who are you? I am Surekha. I am a South African citizen. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We relocated from East London, South Africa to Shanghai, China. My husband then got a job at a university, as a clothing designer lecturer. What challenges did you face during the move? The language barrier … Read more

Interview with Nicole Webb, Author, China Blonde

Nicole, tell us what made you first decide to become an expat. I met my husband James on a blind date. He was a hotelier, and I was a television newsreader. I can distinctly remember him saying on one of our early dates that, ‘in his career, they like you to continue progressing and that … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In China

With a population of almost 1.4 billion people and some of the busiest cities in the world, China rarely draws in expats who are looking for peace and quiet! But if you’re after hustle, bustle, and a culture unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, China may be the place for you.Opening a bank account in China … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In China

China has the third biggest landmass and the largest population of any country, with over 1.4 billion people. Its vibrant culture and incredible history make it a fascinating place to visit. If you think that expat life in China might be for you, then you’ll need to consider your accommodation options. This article will take … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In China?

Despite a decade or so of reforms to the system, healthcare in China is still often cited as “substandard” and largely “inconsistent”. Having said that, the system has seen plenty of progress, particularly throughout the rural regions of the country. It’s no secret that the standard of care differs greatly depending on where you are … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In China

China’s public healthcare falls under its social insurance plan. Since 2006, China has been undertaking large-scale reforms across its healthcare system. Under these reforms, around 800 million rural residents gained basic medical coverage, with the central and provincial governments covering between 30% and 80% of medical costs. By 2011, more than 95% of the total … Read more

How To Look After Your Mental Health In China

China can be a challenging place in which to work and live. If you are an expat in the country, it is important to take care of your mental health. Please read on for tips on how best to do this, as well as for more general information about mental health in China.Mental health disorders … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In China

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs in China and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.You will need insurance if you want any kind of medical treatment in China. Beyond a simple visit to the doctor, costs … Read more

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