Last updated on Jan 16, 2023
Summary: The population of Zhuhai, China is 1.5 million people. Zhuhai is a modern city with a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful coastline. Expats love living in Zhuhai for its convenient location, low cost of living, and friendly locals. The weather in Zhuhai is generally mild and humid. The average temperature in the summer is around 86°F (30°C) and in the winter it is around 54°F (12°C). The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment is around $600 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in Zhuhai?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Zhuhai, they said:
"1. Learn Chinese ASAP! 2. Remember this is a Communist Country 3. Remember you are a guest here 4. Join www.ZhuhaiNights.com It's easy to have fun and get very comfortable here. The joke is that once you've been here, you can never truly leave (my 2 week holiday to Zhuhai is in its third year now!!!) but it's also important to remember to be on your best behaviour at all times. I have never seen the inside of a Chinese jail and I intend on keeping it that way," said another person in Zhuhai.
"Always remember, you are a guest in this city. Behave like a guest and you can enjoy it," remarked another expat in Zhuhai.
How do I meet people in Zhuhai?
When we asked people living in Zhuhai about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"ZhuhaiNights.com is Zhuhai's only English city-wide dedicated lifestyle web site, run by expats living locally in the city. With over 3,000 members, half of those being Chinese and half being foreigners, it's a great way to meet friends. It's fun and free. The organisers of the web site also host regular events, including a weekly English / Chinese language exchange, days out to Zhuhai's International Race Circuit, trips to surrounding islands, pool parties, dance parties and more to boot. DeltaBridges.com covers the entire Pearl River region and is great for anyone looking to visit more surrounding cities. It's another great way to connect with the locals and the DB city guide is very large with English and Chinese address details to help you get around. Additionally, you might spot on of their handy pocket-sized city guide books in one of the many locations around town," added another person living in Zhuhai.
"Go out, meet people, ask questions or become a member of the Wanderverein Zhuhai (BTW its free and fun). Contacts you can find under http://www.wvzh.com," explained one expat living in Zhuhai.
Will I be able to find a job in Zhuhai?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Zhuhai, they reponded:
"For foreigners here, families are usually located here by an overseas company (inc. house, car, expenses etc.). Jobs made locally available in many industries generally pay less than what an expat would expect to be offered in their home country (i.e. if you haven't moved yet and they want you to, there's likely to be a good offer in it. If you are already here, it will cost them less to sign you up!) Singles and couples in Zhuhai generally teach English as a second language to Chinese nationals in the city. Ages range from 21 (fresh outta college) to 60+ (although it's hard to find work in Guangdong for a teacher after 60 years) Hard-working teachers can easily find private students to tutor to substitute the often low wages - although even the lower wages can offer a comfortable level of living - if you are a good money-manager. The Job Hunters Group on ZhuhaiNights.com is a good place to start if you are looking for work here: http://www.ZhuhaiNights.com/group/jobs," explained one expat.
"It is a small city that is central in the Pearl River. Most people find jobs by knowing people. People from various countries can teach their own language on www.TutorSearchChina.com," said another person in Zhuhai.
What is life like in Zhuhai?
When we asked people living in Zhuhai what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Zhuhai is a sleepy, laid-back city on the South China Sea. It's miles of coastline attract tourists the world-over, so the priority is usually to have a great time. Work does go on here though - in the form of new cutting-edge business districts, multi-national corporations and SMEs all managing to operate successfully. To be well-and-truly on the pulse of life in Zhuhai, I strongly recommend joining www.ZhuhaiNights.com," explained one expat.
"Most people are focused on work, but many also enjoy going out at night. In general, people realize that they need to improve their Chinese ability because English is rather limited here. I suggest finding language teachers on www.TutorSearchChina.com," said another person in Zhuhai.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Zhuhai accepting of differences?
"I have met some of the nicest people here in Zhuhai. Part of the secret of the success of the city is that in the past 40 years it underwent rapid development, meaning that most people who live in Zhuhai aren't really FROM Zhuhai. When you have a city where the majority of people are 'outsiders' it makes everyone a little more respectful of the fact that they are honoured guests in this city. Speaking Chinese (Mandarin) helps a LOT. Services like http://www.chinesepod.com/ means you've got no excuse not to be able to bust out a bit of Chinese to break the ice, but an improved level of Chinese makes the world of difference," explained one expat living in Zhuhai.
"Not very diverse, people often stare at you as a foreigner. If your skin is somewhat dark, or if you are black, people often pass judgement on you quickly. However, it is a beautiful city with many friendly people. Religion is not so deep here," said another expat in Zhuhai.
What are the schools in Zhuhai like?
"Since my child is in the preschool and the experience was goo, I have not heard anything negative in the higher classes," commented one expat when asked about QSI in Zhuhai.
About the Author
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.