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newtochina
8/5/2019 11:25 EST

I'm a 30 year old moving to China from the U.S. I'll be making a decent living teaching at an international school in Guangzhou. I can afford a good 1 bedroom in the city center, but my recruiter has suggested that I try a new type of apartment which has shared kitchen space rather than kitchen space in the actual apartment. It's half as expensive.

Question is: is this very typical for 30 year olds in China to live in an apartment without a kitchen? Obviously I want to save money but not if it will seem juvenile for someone my age.

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MrChinglish
8/18/2019 22:02 EST

Hi - Personally I would not go for the communal kitchen, unless there was something to guarantee the cleanliness.

If used just by Expats, then potentially it could be kept clean by the individuals.

If used predominantly by locals, then I would be totally against sharing the kitchen - despite the fact I love Chinese food, including hot chillies and fried fish!!

Maybe look to live a little bit further out of the centre will be more cost effective - local transport is very good.

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