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Expat Guide to Living in Shanghai

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

International Schools in Shanghai, China

Shanghai has a number of great international and bi-lingual schools. Some of these schools cater primarily to expats while others have mostly local students. We cover several popular schools in Shanghai and include feedback from parents.

Living in Shanghai - Five Top Tips for Families

Rob Kellaghan shares 5 top tips for families relocating to Shanghai - from where to live to how to meet people.

Hired in Shanghai: How I Did It

Blogger, Camden, shares tips for finding a job in Shanghai.

Learning Chinese in Shanghai: China's financial powerhouse

Expat Alex Phillips shares his adventures moving to Shanghai to learn Chinese - he tells how he chose his language school and where to live to his cultural impressions and practical advice for others moving to or traveling to Shanghai.

Moving to Shanghai, China

An expat in Shanghai wishes she had brought more walking shoes, winter socks and OTC medications. She advises apartment hunters to make sure everything in the apartment works before you sign the least.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Shanghai handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Shanghai by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

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More Living in Shanghai Reports

What are people's priorities in Shanghai - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Shanghai:
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More Moving to Shanghai Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Shanghai? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Shanghai? Below are some of the responses from expats in Shanghai:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

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

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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 Shanghai by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Shanghai Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Shanghai? Below are some of the reports from expats in Shanghai:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Shanghai? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Shanghai? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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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...

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...

Expat-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!...

Retirement-In-Nanning,-Guangxi-ProvenceAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Nanning, Guangxi Provence, China

An American retiree in Nanning, China appreciates the low cost of living and friendly locals. Unfortunately, the traffic is horrendous -- motor bikes are the fastest way to get around.

An American retiree in Nanning, China appreciates the low cost of living and friendly locals. Unfortunately, the traffic is horrendous -- motor bikes are the fastest way to get around. ...

Moving-To-Beijing-An Expat Talks about 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.

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...

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