Nin hao! And welcome to our expat community in China! With InterNations you can interact with a knowledgeable and experienced community of expats that have lived and worked in China. Don't feel you need to learn everything on your own, call on the InterNations community to help you get to grips with your new life abroad with a click of a button. Moving to China is a big step, and you may have a lot of questions you want answered such as, “how much does it cost to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Beijing?”, “how much is schooling in China?” or “what streets are safe to visit in Shanghai?”. On our global network, we can help answer these questions and take away any stress you might have about your big move. It doesn't matter how trivial the questions are, the expat community is happy to help. They have been in the same position as you and understand exactly what you're going through. Join InterNations and get involved, ask all the questions you need to, and interact with your fellow expats living in China. These experienced InterNations members also have a great understanding of Chinese culture — from knowing how to greet people in a polite way to understanding how you should dress for work. It's the perfect way to gain an invaluable insight into your new home away from home.
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Attend our monthly events and activities for China expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our China expat forums.
Whether you are looking to start a new life in a big city such as Shanghai or Beijing, where there are a number of work prospects in various industries (such as mining, textiles, and chemicals), or you plan to move to rural regions and work in agriculture, you should make time to see the rest of China. China's economy is booming, and in 2014 it was the largest economy in the world, so work is often the reason for moving to China. Not only this, but low living costs also mean a greater disposable income for expats living in China. What's more, high numbers of companies are trying to attract skilled foreign employees to China, and are usually happy to help with accommodation and visas for workers. However, lots of expats find it difficult to settle into China, due to big cultural differences and a barrier between them and the local people, which is where your expat community comes in. This may be due to the language — a large number of people speak English in the major cities and corporations, but many communities still speak solely Mandarin Chinese, which can be a very difficult language to pick up. Expats have also commented on the problems of education in China, with education costing above average and most families choosing to send their children to international schools over local schools.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Saudi Arabia or Peru, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Every one of our InterNations members go through an approval process to become a member of our international community. And every member is dedicated to the defining principles of InterNations and to being open-minded and respectful when communicating and interacting both online and in person. Members of InterNations are extremely helpful and willing to open up about their experiences. Many have also set up groups in China, including the Beijing Book Club, the Shanghai Music Group and the Tianjin City Discovery Group, for people keen to learn more about Chinese culture in the city. If you are starting a brand new hobby on your new adventure or are keen to continue a hobby you have always had, these groups are fantastic. By joining one of these groups you will also meet like-minded people in person, start up new relationships and have physical support from other expats in China. We couldn't think of a better way to settle into your new life in China!