An Expat Talks about Living in
Feb 29, 2016
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.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
1 1/2 years
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
TICC, Tianjin Internations, Sauvignon Club (for women), Tianjin Hash Harriers
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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.
People are accepting of diversity, but it's difficult to meet locals because of language barriers (few people speak English outside of typical expat locations).
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Aerospace, Teaching, Manufacturing
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Mainly work, family and drinking (for younger expats).
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Lousy weather - cold, windy winters and very polluted. Hot sticky summers. Little to do aside from eating out and shopping malls. However, there is an airport close by and a train station - and Beijing is 2 hours away.
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