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An Expat Talks about Living in Tianjin, China

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Tianjin

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

It's a relatively small English-speaking expat community. There are clubs to join, but to meet others all you have to do is go to The Broadway, a Western restaurant in town. Every expat in the city ends up there at some time or another. For lack of another, it is our community center.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There's not a whole lot of diversity among the English-speaking expat community. There are different religions and races, but little economic diversity. I think most people are fairly tolerant.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There aren't many career opportunities here. Most expats are sent here by their companies for a year or two. Some people have begun their own businesses, and there are English teaching jobs. Visa issues make it a bit sticky to come here without a job in hand.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

My impression is that for most people here, the priorities are work. People work long hours and there's not much else to do unless you leave town.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

It can be a very easy life. If your company wanted to send you here for a while, it's not a terrible place to live. But don't come here unless you have a reason. Be prepared for heavy pollution, unpleasant weather, and little to do. Shopping is great and it's close to Beijing.

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