Green City Shanghai – the perfect place for expat families

Green City in Pudong New Area, Shanghai is a prime example of international residential communities in the city. Overall it can be seen as one of the first steps in the context of China's move to go create green cities. While not exclusively populated and frequented by foreign nationals, the popularity and attraction it has on expats is apparent...

Second Landlords in Shanghai – Avoid at All Cost?

Should You Avoid Second Landlords when Renting Your Shanghai Apartment? You might have heard about them or not: Second Landlords. They are similar to house flippers, but operate in the context of renting real estate. They find properties that are relatively low priced, renovate or furnish and decorate them, and - yes - put them back on the rental market with a higher price tag.The real estate...

Shanghai Neighborhood Guide 2020

Shanghai is sooo big, making sense of it can be hard for (soon-to-be) newcomers. This write-up of Shanghai's areas and neighborhoods hopefully will help. Pudong and Puxi Shanghai Downtown, Midtown, Suburbs Shanghai's Districts and Neighborhoods Huangpu Xuhui Jing'an Changning Putuo Hongkou Yangpu Baoshan Minhang Qingpu Pudong Jiading Songjiang...

How to rent an apartment in Shanghai

Once you have decided to take a job, assignment, or study spot and come to Shanghai, you will likely have many questions. One of these might be how you can find your new home in Shanghai. We hope below information will help you to get an idea about the process of finding a Shanghai apartment. How can I find an apartment in Shanghai? Searching and finding an apartment in Shanghai is not difficult....

Tips for finding a good real estate agent in Shanghai, China

Going through a real estate agent or agency is not the only way for expats to find a rental property in Shanghai, but the most common one. Sure, the renting process is not as complicated as buying or selling - but expats coming to Shanghai are possibly confronted with a whole new and different (business) culture, a language they don't yet speak, and a property market they very likely only know about that...

Finally: Disneyland without the crowds – Shanghai Disneyland reopens

Disneyland Shanghai has reopened! It had  been closed since the end of January, but after some significant changes, Disneyland was allowed to open again. For now, the capacity is limited to 30%. You have to reserve your ticket in advance to get your spot even if you are an annual pass holder. You can book a spot without paying if you have an annual pass. None of their indoor shows are currently taking...

Get Your Temporary Driving License for China

Unfortunately, China does not recognize any international or foreign driver's license, even those issued in Hong Kong or Macau. For foreigners from any country that want to drive in China, they must get a Chinese Driver's License. Luckily, in September China started a pilot program that allows foreigners who already have a license from another country to get a temporary license. This license is bound to...

Shanghai in the 1930s

Shanghai in the 1930s and today had many similarities. By 1930, Shanghai was a vibrant world-known city with a foreign population close to 70,000, not too far off from the amount of foreigners living here today. Shanghai had one of the busiest ports in the world - same is true today - and had established itself as a hub for economic endeavors in Asia. Not only money was flowing into the city in massive...

How to use Wechat for Digital Fapiao Issuance

At first, China's Fapiao / tax invoice system seems confusing and burdensome. But if you are on a work contract and your employer helps you to take advantage of the many tax-free allowances available for workers in China, you will probably have learnt the ropes of this paper-intensive system. Or if your work sends your out for a business trip or to purchase items related to work, an official tax receipt is...

The 10 Best Apartment Compounds in Shanghai

The Best Apartment Compounds in Shanghai Looking for the best apartment your money can get you in Shanghai? Based on our personal impressions, seeing expats' reactions, and listening to them once they move out, we have compiled a list of the 10 best apartment compounds in Shanghai. Note: none of these are cheap, and you better negotiate a good housing allowance as part of your compensation.Ambassy...

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