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What's it like living in China?
Many people who have lived and worked in China have had a wide variety of experiences, but there are a few common elements to keep in mind if you plan on going to one of the world's most fascinating nations.
To be honest, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant place to work than China. There are still some people who find it intriguing to meet someone from another nation, and they'll be eager to discuss about the contrasts in your cultural backgrounds and personal experiences.
However, extended work days are common in Chinese organizations, and this may lead to frustrations with a lack of productivity. A 90-minute lunch break is common in many businesses, although many workers remain late into the night to finish their job. There is also a tendency in Chinese workplaces to establish rigid, unyielding hierarchies.
Annual leave rules in China seem draconian when compared to those in the West. It's very unusual to read about less than five days of yearly vacation for most employees, although there are 10 national holidays each year. If you work for a Chinese corporation, you won't be able to travel home for the holidays since western holidays like Christmas aren't recognized. Companies with more generous leave policies for foreign employees may have a longer probationary period during which you are not eligible for any paid time off.
What does it feel like to live in China?
In China, learning about Chinese cuisine.
The cuisine in China is one of the most enjoyable aspects of living there. The best way to meet people in your neighborhood is to go out to eat, which is a great way to save money while still enjoying a wide range of delicious and affordable options. Prepare to be wowed by the country's rich culinary traditions, which include meals like Peking duck.
You'll find lots of pizza, spaghetti, and other western fare in most big cities.
Is living in China expensive?
The cost of renting an apartment varies greatly depending on where you reside, with places like as Beijing costing as much as 9,000 yuan (about 1,000 pounds sterling) each month. In many cases, foreign corporations may cover your rent as part of your job package.
If you want to have a western-style experience, such as a night out on the town at one of London's exclusive cocktail lounges, be prepared to spend London rates, if not more.
Social conventions in China
Western misconceptions place more emphasis on Chinese rituals than reality does. There are, however, a few golden principles to keep in mind: You should always take your shoes off before entering someone's house, and you should always accept/offer business cards with two hands.
It's more vital to be open-minded about things you would not expect, such people spitting on the street, smoking inside, or having a haphazard line up system. Use chopsticks, as well.
Is it safe to live in China?
Yes, particularly for female expatriates, China is a lot safer place to call home than major cities such as London or New York. Foreigners seldom experience harassment or catcalling on the street, which is adequately illuminated at night. Petty crime seems to be uncommon, at least among foreigners. You may choose whether or not the heavy police and CCTV presence in large cities makes you feel safer, but if you have a problem, local authorities are never far away.
As a pedestrian, you are more likely to feel safe than as a driver or a cyclist. But if you have your wits about you and wear a helmet, you should be alright.