Working in Hángzhōu



As one of the largest emerging markets in the world, Chinese cities like Hángzhōu are aware that with globalization comes great need to excel in English.

In fact, the job openings for expats are neatly divided into two categories: teaching and non-teaching. 

The non-teaching openings may be either professional jobs in various sectors or entertainment-related such as music, modeling and films. 

The great number of expats in the region continually gives rise to forums, websites and e-magazines that particularly cater to expats. Websites like Hangzhou Expat or In Hangzhou and are always on the lookout for contributors to come up with expat-friendly guides. 

To review job opportunities and to post one's application, visit websites like:

Work Visa and Other Requirements 

Work visa should be obtained prior to onset of employment in Hángzhōu. Without it, work is considered illegal and may result to stiff penalty for the employer and deportation for the alien. 

The procedure necessitates the application report from the accepting company in Hángzhōu, expat's original and photocopy of the valid passport and visa, accommodation proof, photos and filled out visa and resident permit application form. 

The processing normally takes four business days upon receipt of the requirements. To expedite the processing, the bureau will charge CNY 136.55 (US$20) for 2-3 working days and CNY 204.82 (US$30) for 1 working day. To know more about the requirements, click here.

Business Etiquette 

Just like anywhere in the Western business culture, Hángzhōu considers tardiness as a blatant display of disrespect. When you have set up an appointment with your business contacts, make sure to show up on time or give them an early warning if coming in late. 

Many Chinese make use of an English name to make it easier for their Westerner business contacts to address them. However, they still prefer to be addressed in their titles or last names unless they give you the permission to call them by their first name. Married Chinese women continue to use their maiden name; they are only addressed by their husband's last name in formal occasions. Do not address someone as "comrade." 

As a collectivist society, Hángzhōu businessmen give importance to reaching a consensus before arriving on a business decision and "saving face." Humility and hierarchy are also valued. Keep these in mind in initiating negotiations.

As anywhere else in China, business dress code should be a portrait of modesty and functionality. Men are expected to don suits and ties while women should opt for conservative dresses or ensembles in subdued colors. 

Working Hours 

Both office and bank hours are from 8:30AM to 5PM from Mondays to Fridays. Shops are open from 9AM to 8PM daily. 

The Chinese government mandated the two-weekend policy since 1996, making Saturdays and Sundays as rest days. Public holidays like Chinese New Year and National Day or May Day are being moved before or after weekends, making most enterprises close for the entire week. 


According to a survey conducted by Expat Explorer in 2009, expats in Asia are the best paid, with one in four expats earning $200,000 annually. China, along with Malaysia and India, has the cheapest accommodation rates in the world. 

To get complete information about salary, visit Salary Expert, Payscale and World Salaries.



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