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Expat Guide to Living in Beijing

Whether you're already living in Beijing or preparing to move to Beijing, our Expat Guide to Living in China offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Beijing. For answers to specific questions, visit our China Forum to talk with expats in Beijing.

Thanksgiving in Beijing

For American expats looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, here's a list of several restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in Beijing.

Moving to Beijing, China

An expat in Beijing talks about moving to Beijing. She advised others to leave your high heels at home to avoid sprained ankles, consider living in a serviced apartment the first few months and get help from a local when choosing your location in Beijing.

Moving to Beijing , China

An expat in Beijing advises newcomers to bring shoes (especially if they were larger sizes), a first aid kit and to install a VPN on your computer and phone before you move to China. He explains that you'll need a lot of cash on hand initially since most apartments require 3-month initial payment plus a 1-month deposit. When deciding where to live in Beijing, make sure you live close to work to avoid spending your life in traffic.

More Culture Shock Reports for Beijing

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Beijing handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Beijing:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Beijing - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Beijing by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Beijing Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Beijing? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Beijing? Below are some of the responses from expats in Beijing:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Beijing

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Beijing. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Beijing:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Beijing. If you are already living in Beijing, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Beijing by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Beijing? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Beijing by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Beijing Reports

What's it like to find a job in Beijing? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Beijing? Below are some of the reports from expats in Beijing:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Culture-Shock-in-QingdaoAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Qingdao, China

Enjoy a thorough exploration of culture shock in China from the perspective of a 65-year-old man who is married to a Chinese woman. This is a great report that is fun to read!

Enjoy a thorough exploration of culture shock in China from the perspective of a 65-year-old man who is married to a Chinese woman. This is a great report that is fun to read!...

Living-in-TianjinAn Expat Discusses Living in Tianjin, China

An expat in Tainjin talks about expat life in China. Tainjin has lots of pollution, lousy winters and hot sticky summers. Having an airport and train station are very convenient. Plus, being 2 hours from Beijing is a major bonus.

An expat in Tainjin talks about expat life in China. Tainjin has lots of pollution, lousy winters and hot sticky summers. Having an airport and train station are very convenient. Plus, being 2 hour...

9-Things-to-Know-Before-Moving-to-China9 Things to Know Before Moving to China

Expats in China offer tips for newcomers and others considering a move to China. Advice what to bring when you move to China, health insurance and healthcare, finding an apartment, expat banking and more.

Expats in China offer tips for newcomers and others considering a move to China. Advice what to bring when you move to China, health insurance and healthcare, finding an apartment, expat banking and m...

6-Important-Tips-about-Healthcare-for-Expats-in-China6 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in China

Expats living in China discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in China. Tip 1: if you're going to the hospital in China (or to a doctor), bring a translator!

Expats living in China discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in China. Tip 1: if you're going to the hospital in China (or to a doctor), bring a translator!...

15-Expats-Talk-about-Moving-to-China15 Expats Talk about Moving to China

Expats talks about the adjusting to China's squatty toilets, spittoons and small shoe sizes. But, these challenges are outweighed by the friendly Chinese people, affordable tailors on every corner and a surprising number of bakeries.
Expats talks about the adjusting to China's squatty toilets, spittoons and small shoe sizes. But, these challenges are outweighed by the friendly Chinese people, affordable tailors on every corner an...

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