Is it easy to live in China?
Life in china
China is a place that is rich in culture and history. It is a very large country that offers exciting destinations to live and discover. However, it is also a place of challenges that can arise from language barriers and differences in cultural behavior. Regardless of that, one will grow in oneself during the time in China and will be able to see many things from a different perspective. You will also have to learn that tradespeople will not work 100% precisely and that it can sometimes get a little tight on the bus or in the metro. We would be happy to prepare you for this time and provide you with tailor-made coaching for your “China adventure” so that the culture shock doesn't stand a chance.
Looking for a flat in China is one thing in itself and an almost impossible endeavor from a distance. The apartment search pages are for the most part heavily embellished or fictitious.
Don't bother, because the best way to find an apartment or a suitable house in China is through an agent in the desired district. The first 4 weeks you should book yourself into a hotel or service apartment and then start your search. The starting point of the search will be the workplace and then you look at the different districts, add your own needs and combine this with the routes of the metro and buses. The districts in the shortlist are now visited and on site you then begin to get in touch with various agents who will then show you the apartments. It is advisable to have a colleague or one of our partners by your side. In a personal conversation we will inform you about further points on this special topic and explain the points with the deposit, the lease and how the furniture thing is handled in China.
The cost of living in China
The cost of living varies greatly in China. It depends a lot on where you live and whether you want to continue to lead a “western” life or whether you want to approach it in a more “Chinese” way. Renting an apartment can quickly become a bit expensive. In contrast, the costs for gas, electricity and water are lower. If you want to buy western products, you will find them in the big cities. Since the import duties are relatively high, imported goods always cost a little more.
If you go to a Chinese restaurant or a food stall, you can still eat very cheaply (main course 3-8 euros). As soon as it has a bit of a western touch, the food immediately becomes more expensive. We would be happy to provide you with full details of the cost of living to expect in China.
Anyone who thought that the food at the Chinese at home in the West is very Chinese will be amazed how good, but also different, the food in China actually is. Many of the dishes that are familiar from home are not available here at all or in a very different form. There are also no fortune cookies in China as they are an invention of Chinese immigrants to San Francisco. There is such a variety of tofu here that one cannot imagine in Europe. This is also often served with meat, as it does not act as a meat substitute, but as an ordinary ingredient. In addition, there is an abundance of regional cuisines: Sichuan, Yunnan, Beijing, Hunan, Xinjiang, DongBei, Mongolian cuisine and many more, which are very different.
But you don't have to do without pizza, pasta, burgers, German or international cuisine in China, but you have to expect a very high price or very "Chinese" versions of them, some of which are no longer very reminiscent of the original.
Although China is traditionally a country of tea drinkers, this preference is shifting more and more towards coffee enjoyment. Coffee is seen as a luxury in China and it is considered “chic” to have a Starbucks coffee mug in your hand. That is why many coffee shops give the drink a correspondingly high price. For a medium latte at Starbucks you pay from 5.40 euros.
The Chinese language
Although China looks like a united country, there are several different Chinese languages and countless dialects throughout China; 70% of the population speak Mandarin (Putonghua, standard Chinese), while the remainder speak Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghai), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese) and other minority languages. Nevertheless, you should learn at least some Mandarin before and during your time in China, as this simplifies everyday life immensely. The other way around, we expect the same from foreign workers in our homeland. English is becoming more and more important as a business language, but you have to reckon with the fact that the majority of the population does not speak English or speaks very poor English.
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