Living in China
China is regarded as one of the pillars of civilisation with a rich history that dates back to 221 B.C. Its mysterious beauty and reputation as the second most powerful economies in the world continue to lure hundreds of expats from different nationalities and all walks of life.
China is the most crowded countries in the world with a total population of 1.370 billion inhabitants. Expats who are about to live in either one of the three major cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing should prepare themselves for dense population since these urban Metropolia are filled with millions of people. Aside from housing and job, here are some relevant info that’ll help foreign assignees face the changes that await them in the Red Dragon of Asia.
Mandarin is the official national language of China and is spoken by a majority of its inhabitants. Though most people in urban cities such as Beijing can speak English, expats should still be armed with some basic Mandarin to help them with their daily interaction with the locals. Here are some useful words that can help slowly break down the language barrier in China:
- nín hǎo – Hello!
- nǐ hǎo ma – How are You?
- wǒ xìng – My name is..
- wǒ shì cóng – I am from..
- nǐ huì shuō yīngyǔ ma? – Do you speak English?
- Zhège duōshǎo qián? – How much is this?
- Xiè-xie – Thank you
- Bàoqiàn - Sorry
China has five types of climate: sub-arctic, subtropical, tropical, medium temperate and temperate. But because of its massive geographical size and various surrounding eco-zones, each region in China experiences different types of weathers. Beijing is in the north where there are cold winters and hot temperate summers with the temperature reaching 40°C. Hong Kong and Guangzhou are situated in the southern part of the country where winters are a bit humid, and rainfall frequents summers.
The best time of the year in China is in early autumn between the months of September and October when there is lighter rainfall, and the heat is not too much. March until May is considered to be the country’s peak season where tourists pour in because of the pleasant weather brought my spring.
Petty street crimes such as pick-pocketing are rare in China. Expats can also stay safe in their home by exercising basic precautionary measures such as locking their doors and not allowing strangers inside. However, newcomers in the country should be cautious when it comes to food since nearly half of China’s processed goods fail to meet international standards. Another reason why expats should pay attention to what they're eating or drinking is that their bodies are still adjusting to the new environment. China’s food street is a must try, and it is understandable why people won't be able to resist trying them. Chinese vendors cook and prepare the dishes in front of the customers and are safe to eat. One tip, order food from stalls where there’s a long queue of customers waiting because it means that it has a good reputation.
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