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Shanghai, China

Shanghai

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Shanghai, China is a vibrant, modern city with a unique blend of traditional Chinese culture and modern international influences. Expats love the city's diverse culture, excellent food, and vibrant nightlife. The weather in Shanghai is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit (10-30 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 to $2,500 USD per month, depending on lifestyle. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Shanghai is typically around $1,000 to $2,000 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $1,500 to $3,000 USD per month. The population of Shanghai is 24.2 million people.

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

"Before retiring in Shanghai, expats should familiarize themselves with the city and its culture. They should research the cost of living, rent, and medical insurance. Additionally, expats should be aware of the visa requirements for long-term stays in China. It is also important to be aware of the language barrier and have access to some form of interpretation (whether through technology or a translator) for smooth communication. Finally, expats should consider joining a local expat community and getting to know their neighbors to help them adjust to their new life," remarked one expat living in Shanghai, China, 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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