Dongguang, China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Dongguang, China: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Dongguang?

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

"Be prepared for a lot of walking. Live in one of the gardens within walking distance of shops. Traffic here is a nightmare and you do not want to drive in the city.Buy a bike. Great exercise and you can bike to shops quite easily. Smile..although some Chinese are wary of foreigners most will say "Ni Hao" (hello) if you speak with a smile," explained one expat living in Dongguang.

Will I be able to find a job in Dongguang?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Dongguang, they reponded:

"Furniture, shoes and textiles seem to be the top industries. Career opportunities at present are not so plentiful. The economy has problems here just as it does everywhere else in the world," remarked another expat in Dongguang.

What is life like in Dongguang?

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When we asked people living in Dongguang what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Expat lives here revolve around work and socializing. Several expat sport teams have been established by a local pub called One For The Road. They have a skindiving club, soocer club, softball and golf team," remarked another in Dongguang.

What do expats in Dongguang appreciate most about the local culture?

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"It's a much simpler way of life here in DOngguan than in the US. I find the people here to be curious, but very outgoing and helpful and very very kind," said another expat in Dongguang.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"The hardest thing for me is not being able to jump in my car and drive down to the store to pick up a few things. Crossing the road was a challenge because pedestrians have absolutely no rights here and you really have to be careful. Setting up new Bank accounts - very tedious and bureaucratic. Settling problems at work - the Chinese will spend an hour blaming each other before they actually decide how to solve the problem," remarked another in Dongguang.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Dongguang accepting of differences?

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"Dongguan citizens seem very accepting of differences. There are people from all walks of life and all religions," said another expat in Dongguang.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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