By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Beijing, China: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Beijing?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Beijing, they said:
"Be patient and have a lot of cash on hand! Apartments in north China require an initial payment of 3 months and 1-month deposit. That is a lot of money to spend at the beginning. Everyone should arrive in Beijing with at least a minimum of $5,000 USD for start-up costs. The best way to find an apartment is to ask a colleague which realtors they used,"
added another person living in Beijing .
"Find a local from Beijing to help with location. Pay attention to what comes with the property, 24 hour hot water, elevator, heat, satellite tv, internet, and the maintenance. The sizes are in square meters which isn't always accurate because they describe construction size and not the living space,"
explained one expat living in Beijing.
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