Moving to China. How to immigrate to China

If you plan to immigrate to China for work, study or just to try something new, Eurosender is ready to provide fast and reliable international removals services to ease the whole relocation process. We have prepared the most important information about visa regulations, cost on moving to China and other essential tips. Check the tips on how to immigrate to China, and explore what expats encounter before moving to China from the USA, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and many other countries.

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THE BASICS

Things to know about living in China

China has been attracting international students and expats from all over the world, so there are many people relocating from the USA or other countries to China. The country has transformed itself from a developing state with millions of poor people into a powerful machine that literally produces half of the world’s goods. Whether you are immigrating to China for living or moving for a year, check the basic information about living in China and important things you need to know before your relocation.
Capital
Beijing
Timezone
UTC +8
Currency
Renminbi (CNY)
Population
1.4 billion
Official language
Chinese
Dialling code
+86
Emergency number
110 (Police), 120 (Ambulance)
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations when moving to China

If you are moving to China mainland, then most likely you will need a visa. Chinese authorities have implemented a new law according to which visa history is of high importance and it influences the counsellor’s decision-making to renew or issue a visa. There are 4 main types of visa expats usually apply for before they immigrate to China:

  • Chinese Tourist visa. Tourists need to provide proof of travel (hotel reservation for certain dates, for instance) and a document indicating that there have enough funds on their bank account.
  • Chinese Study visa. There are two types of student visa – X1 and X2. As a rule, X2 is provided for single-entry and valid for less than 6 months. With X1, you will be entitled to multiple entries and long-term stay in China for taking courses and enrol a bachelor’s or master’s program in the local universities.
  • Business visa. This type of visa is suitable for those who are moving to China for business purposes and commercial activities.
  • Chinese Working visa. To obtain a work visa (Z), you should get a work permit from your employer first. Expats moving to China with Z visa need to register with the police station to get a residence permit.
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Property information. The cost of renting an apartment in China

Both housing and rental prices fluctuate throughout China. If you are moving to China to work or study, a one-bedroom apartment will cost you around €300 per month. If you are immigrating to China with your family, be ready to pay €900 per month for a three-bedroom apartment. The average price per square meter to buy apartment in city centre is €6000.


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LIVING IN CHINA

The cost of living in China

The cost of living in China is not very high while the average salaries for expats range between €1500-2000. Thus, there is a great opportunity to save money or to live like a king in China. Foreigners prefer to live in big cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin.

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The job market in China

China is the world leader in manufacturing with the highest number of factories when compared to any other country. Expats living in China can find many job opportunities in different industries, ranging from mining and agriculture to the information technology sector.

The country is rich in talents and has plenty of qualified professional, however, China has been actively attracting expats for teaching, marketing, sales, and finance jobs. Most immigrants occupy English teaching jobs in China. If you would also like to apply for an English teaching job, you should obtain a TEFL certificate in advance.


Schools and the educational system in China

The quality of education in China is very high as children have an in-depth study of math, Chinese, and some foreign languages. Higher educational institutions are characterised by superb reputation and tend to attract thousands of international students annually. There are many exchange programs and scholarships for international students who are very welcome to study in China.

There is a variety of international schools in China for children of different ages. As expats usually plan to move to big metropolis cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Shenyang, the majority of international schools are in those areas.

Preschool
Age: 2 – 6
Compulsory: no
Elementary School
Age: 6 – 12
Compulsory: yes
Secondary School
Age: 12-15
Compulsory: yes

Healthcare in China

The national healthcare system in China functions under the state social insurance plan. Thus, local Chinese citizens and expats obtain basic insurance coverage scheme which may vary from one province to another. In general, health insurance in China covers a range of medical services and clinical procedures, while others should be reimbursed by individuals.

The public healthcare system in China is not as developed as in the USA, Canada, or European countries. Chinese people appreciate traditional healing practices and rituals.


Driving in China. Should I get a Chinese driving licence?

The traffic on the roads of major Chinese cities seems to be chaotic with lots of traffic jams, but the major principle of the Chinese mindset is to avoid collapses and conflicts on the road. You will have to get a Chinese driving licence if you want to drive in China. Even tourists are not allowed to drive a car in China with a foreign or international driver’s licence.

The rules on the road in China are similar to those in the rest of the world:

  • Drive on the right side of the road,
  • You have to be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Chinese driving licence,
  • Keep your seatbelts on,
  • Do not drive over the speed limits.
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Advantages and disadvantages of living in China as a foreigner

We have gathered some more advantages and disadvantages of living in China as a foreigner:

  • Booming economy. It is not a secret that China produces an enormous amount of goods that are exported to all the continents.
  • Opportunities to travel. China is the third-largest country in the world with a rich cultural heritage.
  • Air and water pollution. Such factors as an intensive industrial production, millions of cars, and an over-billion-population have a significant impact on the ecological situation in China.
  • Strict visa regulations. China has recently changed the visa requirements, so they have become stricter for those who want to immigrate to China.
  • Rapid development. You do not need a credit card or cash because all the payments are processed with the help of mobile applications.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

The most popular destinations from where people relocate to China

Moving to China from the United Kingdom

Many UK citizens have immigrated to China for jobs in teaching, marketing, and sales at very decent salary rates. If you are also soon moving to China from the United Kingdom, we offer an effective solution to transport suitcases and an affordable cost for moving house to China.

Moving to China from South Korea

Immigrating to China from South Korea is easy with the Eurosender platform. Door-to-door shipping services are advantageous because you do not need to drop your heavy packages and pallets t at the local post office. Just wait for a courier who will pick up all your packages and enjoy the International removals to China.

Moving to China from the United States

When expats plan to move, they usually wonder about the average moving costs to China. Those who relocate to China from the United States are eager to estimate how much is to move house to China. At Eurosender we offer the easiest way to move furniture to China and sending other household appliances at the lowest cost.


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