Expatriate Community in China

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There is a relatively large expat community in the big cities.
Press for expatriates: That’s, Cityweekend (at Shanghai), Asiaxpat, Geoexpat
For Further Information
All you need to understand China and to have a better life there

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
China is a relatively inexpensive country. However property costs are on a steep rise.
Quality of Life
Quality of life is generally good, but pollution remains a major problem. Keep in mind that 20 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in China.
Sanitary Conditions
Close to international standards in the main cities. Can be more delicate in secondary cities.

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Real estate can be expensive in China and everything depends on the environment you want (local or more international).
An 80m² apartment costs 500 EUR/month. A similar sized apartment in a residential space for foreigners can cost 1000 to 3000 EUR/month.
Normal Lease Term
Usually, one year contract
Rental Costs
It is standard practice to collect guarantee of one or two months rent and the agency fees is 1/2 to 1 month's rent
Agencies or Private Rentals
You are recommended to go through an agency to ensure that you have a contract in the correct form (generally in Chinese).
Rental Agency Websites
Century 21
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Private rentals announcements online
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Villa within compounds cost from 2000 to 10000 EUR/month

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School System

School Level
The Chinese school system includes day care centers, nursery schools, special schools for the deaf and dumb, "key schools", primary schools, secondary schools (including agricultural and professional schools), schools for teachers, technical schools and several institutions for higher education (general or specialized colleges and universities).
Since 1986, 9 years of schooling is compulsory. The medium of instruction in Chinese schools is Mandarin.
International Schools
There aer many international schools in the big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Canton.The most common schools are English, American, French and German.


View the list of international schools in China

For Further Information
Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The healthcare system in China is inadequate. Today, the press estimates that 20% of the people benefit from 80% of medical spending by the government. They are essentially civil servants and employees of state-owned companies.
International Hospitals
In big Chinese cities, there are well-equipped international hospitals with adequate medical standards; the doctors are foreigners and Chinese and speak English.
World Clinic
World link
However, in case of serious problems, you are recommended to avoid hospitals in China and get shifted to Hong Kong or Thailand (Bangkok).
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Yes, but only in government hospitals.

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