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Guangzhou, China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: Guangzhou, China is a vibrant and modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's diverse food scene, its convenient transportation system, and its friendly locals. The weather in Guangzhou is generally mild and humid, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 41°F (5°C) in January to an average high of 91°F (33°C) in July. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 to $2,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Guangzhou is typically around $500 to $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $800 to $1,500 per month. The population of Guangzhou is 14.04 million people.

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What do I need to know about living in Guangzhou?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Guangzhou, they said:

"When considering retiring in Guangzhou, expats should be aware of the cost of living, and what type of visa is required to stay in the country long-term. Additionally, expats should be aware of the language barrier and find out if there are any language courses or help available. It is also important to research the healthcare system in the city and have some understanding of the government systems and processes, such as taxation. Expats are encouraged to learn the local customs, culture and way of life in order to make the relocation easier. Last but not least, it is recommended to locate nearby expat communities and social networks in order to make the most out of their new experience," commented one expat who made the move to Guangzhou, China.

"Take some Chinese classes. It is so frustrating to live here without speaking basic Chinese. And learning to speak is actually quite easy. It's the writing and reading that makes everyone thing Chinese is impossible -- so learn some verbal chinese," remarked one expat living in Guangzhou, China.

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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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