So you are moving to China
A country rich in heritage with beautiful scenery, bustling cities, wild coastlines and sunny island outposts.
Well, before you start here are our 9 top pieces of information for expats:
- China is growing in popularity as an expat destination, despite fears over air pollution over 38,000 British expats and at least 70,000 Americans.
- As the world’s third largest country, China has a varied climate; however the whole country is fairly temperate. Temperatures drop in the north during winter and strong monsoon rains hit the south throughout the rainy season.
- Many of China's larger cities have activity parks and zoos, which the Chinese love to visit on the weekends. They are not as popular with expatriates used to a more sophisticated entertainment in the West. The Chinese are also enthusiastic fans of soccer, ping pong, gymnastics, and basketball.
- Mandarin is the official spoken language of China, however there are over 50 regional dialects and languages that are often completely unintelligible from one to the next. There is also a wide range of immigrant languages representing the wide range of immigrants and expats that live in China.
- China has experience a property boom over the past decade, this is now slowing considerably as China starts to experience much more normal levels of economic growth and housing stock begins to outstretch demand.
- China’s 1.3 Billion population makes up 1/5th of the world population.
- China’s currency is the Yuan Renminbi.
- Even though China is such a large country geographically covering several time zones, all of China operates on a single Standard Time (GMT+8) all year round.
- As the world's most populous country China has become a dominant economic force in recent years, 2nd only to the USA in terms of GDP, many economists predict that China will be the largest economy by 2018.