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Pros and Cons of Living in China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in China include access to a wide variety of cultural experiences, a vibrant economy, and a large population of people with diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive option for those looking to save money. On the other hand, the cons of living in China include air pollution, a lack of freedom of speech, and a complex bureaucracy that can make it difficult to navigate. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who do not speak Mandarin.

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What are the pros and cons of living in China?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in China responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the low cost of living in China, as well as the variety of cultural experiences available. They also enjoy the convenience of modern infrastructure, such as high-speed rail and the availability of international cuisine. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads find the language barrier and cultural differences to be challenging. Additionally, the air pollution in some cities can be a deterrent for some," said one expat in China.

"Likes - Climate is great. Busy, dynamic city. Great public transport. Food range and quality is very good. Excellent links to other cities (HSR, Airlines) Dislikes - Cost of housing, lack of services aimed at foreigners/expats, poor traffic enforcement, allowing ebikes on the footpath," remarked one expat in Shenzhen.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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