Moving to China
The Article below gives you a good insight into Moving to China as an individual or family. It is a great place to live, work and play but a bit of research prior is always necessary.
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Moving to China – It is the third largest country in the world. It has a record history of 5000 years. It is always fascinating and inspiring to explore sceneries and cultures in China. Ethnic Chinese make up the bulk of its population, but there is also a lot people with different ethnicity. In most of the cities, shops and restaurants in China open until 10pm or 11pm. Entertainment and night life are also getting more popular in this exciting country.
Today, China plays a key role on the social and economic development in the global stage. You might be more familiar with two famous cities, Beijing and Shanghai. However, lots of cities in China are growing rapidly. Opportunities for your dream job are everywhere in China!
Working in China – Moving to China
i) Working environment
Moving to China – The concept of ‘Face’ is very essential to Chinese. This is in particular applicable in the workplace. ‘Face’ can roughly be translated as ‘honour’, ‘good reputation’ or ‘respect’. It is vital for you to avoid losing face or causing the loss of face at all times. You have to avoid embarrassing actions from yourself in the public workplace. More importantly, you have to avoid your colleagues and leader losing faces in the public. For instance, it is always not a good idea to criticise your boss or other colleagues explicitly in the public.
Local workers generally regarded professional foreign workers have some special attributes, such as a particular business skill and knowledge of a specialist commercial area. Your employer is going to expect to get a good return from your talent. Generally speaking, Chinese are hard-working. You will find the working week is longer in China. The average of working hour in China is 50 hours per week.
ii) Finding a Job
Moving to China – As the job market in China is getting more competitive, networking with experts in the related fields becomes more crucial in finding a dream job. Your previous experiences in Asia, particularly in China(e.g. teaching English, studying courses in Chinese university), would also make you more outstanding in front of your future employer.
iii) Applying for visa
Moving to China – Employment Visa (Z Visa) is a must for any expat who are going to work in China. Firstly, you have to check whether your employer is accredited to employ foreigners. Then, you must meet the requirements as a ‘foreign expert’. Your employer must obtain a certificate stating that you comply. You must get the Z Visa before you start your new job. It normally takes you 4 working days to get a new Z Visa. It costs US$140 for American citizens and US$30 for other citizens. If you found a job already before you come to China, you can apply for the Z Visa in your country’s Chinese Embassy
Moving to China – The progressive income tax rate for expats in China ranges from 3% to 45 %. Although the tax rate might not be as competitive as Hong Kong and Singapore, there are several explicit initial reductions and tax allowance for your income tax.
More on your daily life in China.
Do I need to take a lot of luggage or necessities for relocation?
There is nothing you can’t get in China that you would have back home. Most of the top international brands are here, ranging from clothing, food and other products. From Starbucks to Adidas to Zara, all the top-end designers are here.
In metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, there is a large choice of apartments for expats, which are managed by government-run organizations. The prices have recently declined to RMB.4000/month for a 100 m² apartment in the center of the city. In China, it is always possible to negotiate the rent with landlords in accordance with the length of the contract and the location of the apartment.
Transport in the China has experienced major growth and expansion in recent years. Railway becomes one of the most convenient way for travelling within the city and between provinces. In major cities, urban rail transits are modernised. They are able to reach most parts of the city. If you would like to travel between cities and provinces, the services from China Railway High-speed is the best choice.
International Driving Permit (IDP) are not recognized because China has not signed the convention which created IDPS(International Driving Permits). You will need to pay RMB 2000 and a valid overseas driving license for your Chinese driving license application.
Climate and Weather
Moving to China – As China is a big country, the climate and weather hugely depends on the region you are going to stay. It is generally warmer in the southern region(e.g. Guangzhou), but vice versa in the northern region(e.g. Beijing). Most of the areas in China have distinctive four seasons.
Life as an Expat
Although the majority of populations are Chinese, you will never be alone as an expat. Moving to China will open you up to a lot of expats around in the urban areas. During daytime they work hard in the offices. Then they enjoy their nightlife in the vibrant cities. In mega cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, you can’t find a big difference between your nightlife in Hong Kong or London. 18 major cities in the country have a wide range of international schools available. Your children is guaranteed to receive quality education with schoolmates from different countries.
Before moving to China, you can also check out InterNations. It is the most popular website to let expat in China knowing each other. It contains a lot more tips and guides for expats living in China. More importantly, you will find that friends are everywhere.
Article by George Ko on behalf of Recruiter Asia.
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