10 Tips for Moving to China

By Navjot Singh

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Summary: With its booming economy and increasingly better standards of living, China is a major destination point for expats from all over the world. Author Navjot Singh offers great tips for newcomers to China.

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About the Author

Navjot is the author of the recently published “Newcomer’s Handbook Country Guide: China: Including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen”, (www.firstbooks.com) aimed at providing detailed advice to expatriates who are relocating to the region on a long term basis and has also written “China: Business Travelers Handbook” (www.stacey-international.co.uk) which is out for an early 2009 release. He is also a freelance travel journalist contributing on a ad-hoc basis to various travel applications.


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Comments

guest
Jan 22, 2011 22:52

You have mentioned "Tax Free Salaries" for Expat, How does it work? I have heard that China has high taxes. Can you please explain to me? Thank you.

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Jan 22, 2011 22:56

I am an expat who will be working for Chinese Company who never had expat previously, How can I get compreshensive health insurance? Thank you very much in advance.

guest
Mar 1, 2012 07:20

Hey Corey! Thanks for sitnpopg by. Keep checking back over the next few months I'll be talking logistics before departure.This trip happened because I took a three-month trip a couple of summers ago and was hooked. My recommendation is not to wait until you feel comfortable the only way to get that is to just go for it. You could start smaller, though, a lot of people hit a month or two and start getting homesick. I'd go for just a month or three if you can swing it, and then plan from there.

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Jun 14, 2013 13:12

Moving to China is an excitement but not an easy thing to arrange when you have decided it,and that is why the article like above could be very useful! I work for the property and relocation company, on our website we also give some idea by experiense talk. you can find them at:http://www.citywiseproperty.com/our-services/orientation-services/ Apart from giving you advise we also provide very good consulting and service to make you enjoy a new country since the beginning.Let us to make your moving effetion and smooth, and welcom to China, to Beijing

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Jul 1, 2013 03:51

Hi Navjot, you have some really great tips in here! I also think it's important to have an open attitude towards the new culture and people you are going to meet. In this process it helps to know the language, as you have a way of communicating with the locals. A problem I've noticed is that in the stages of culture shock one ofthen starts complaining about China, and I mean having bad China day's in a row for a week or more. What would be your tips for bad China days? Sara http://www.sarajaaksola.com

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Dec 27, 2013 06:13

Hi Navjot, I like your article. As per your post in Expat Exchange, I have my own business in India. I am looking for local partner to start new Pizza Outlet in China. I have well trained & Experience from USA in PIZZA franchise management. Kindly reply. Thanks & Regards Arvind Parab

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Oct 31, 2017 18:08

With his list of so-called 'suggestions' he should have added, "Become a communist" to finally fit into his Chinese holiday mantra.

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