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Shekou, China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023

Summary: Shekou, China is a vibrant, modern city with a unique mix of cultures. Expats love the convenient location, with easy access to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as the variety of international restaurants and shops. The weather in Shekou is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 to $1,500 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $1,500 to $2,500 USD per month. The population of Shekou is around 700,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Shekou?

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

"Before retiring in Shekou, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to other Chinese cities. Expats should also be aware that the official language used in Shekou is Mandarin Chinese, though English is also used in some commercial and expat areas. Expats should plan to get a valid work visa or residency permit in order to gain access to the public services, housing, and healthcare available in Shekou. For those retiring in Shekou, it may also be helpful to learn local customs as well as the laws, regulations, and tax rules that apply in the area," wrote a member in Shekou, China.

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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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