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China's love affair with luxury read more
May-22nd-2014 | Post by expatree

With growing wealth and global influences, Chinese consumers are developing a taste for the finer things in life. The French have a saying: it's impossible to overdo luxury. And for Chinese consumers, that's not from lack of trying. As China's economy powers on, so does its population's appetite for symbols of their growing success.
 
 
This is Shanghai, the heart of China's seemingly unstoppable economic miracle. Here, there are few signs of the global financial crisis. In fact, wealthy Chinese are buying up on luxury more than ever before. And global luxury brands are jostling to expand into a country that's producing more millionaires, faster, than anywhere in the world. China is already the number 2 luxury market in the world, and it's growing extremely fast. The other big markets like the U.S. and Japan are of course, not growing as fast, and in some cases even declining. In than 5 years, you'll see the Chinese market transforming into t
The First Steps of Survival in Shanghai- Registration, Opening a bank account, Buying a SIM card… read more
May-1st-2014 | Post by expatree

Registration: How to register in Shanghai?
 
First for all, as soon as you arrive in China you are required to go to your local police station and register your address.

If you are a tourist or you are living in a students’ dorm you don’t need to worry about it because the hotel’s or the dorm’s manager will register you at the nearest police station (they just need a copy of your passport). 

However, if you rent an apartment, you need to do it yourself. The good news is that it only takes five minutes and you don’t need to speak any Chinese. However, you need to bring the original copy of your rental agreement and your passport (you also need to bring a photocopy of the rental agreement, first page of your passport and of your VISA).

In previous years, this wasn’t as important. However, the past year has seen a lot of police allocating their attention and pressure on address registration. If you don’t register your address, they will c
Please help me with my CV for China! Mistakes to Avoid read more
Apr-24th-2014 | Post by expatree


Working abroad sounds like an adventure, and it certainly is, but it needs some preparation in order to be successful.

Adapting your CV for China is not a difficult task; nevertheless it is an important one.  Although there is no specific model of resume required for your application within a Chinese company, there are general rules to follow.  Failing to acknowledge some of these subtleties could work against you, as it may reveal your lack of understanding of the cultural differences between China and Europe.

Unless you have a rocky career path or “holes” in your CV, an anti-chronological description of your work experience is the classical way to present your resume.  Otherwise, if you have held many different positions in various fields of work or were unemployed for a fairly long period of time, a CV based on your acquired skills and competences is recommended.

A convincing CV, along with good networking abilities (Guanxi), is one of the most
Where to live in Shanghai? Tips to avoid scams read more
Apr-10th-2014 | Post by expatree

Where to live? This is one of the major problems expats initially face when moving to Shanghai. In order to evaluate the best location, the following factors, amongst other more personal issues, need to be taken into consideration:

- International School if you have children
- Office Location
- Transportation
- Shopping for western products and 24/7 local shops
- Where are your friends living?
- What access is there to ‘Green Space’?
- Access to Hospitals and Clinics
- Access to restaurants and entertainments
- Airport Access

It is important to know that the rent for your apartment will represent more than 38% of your monthly budget (cf Graph Distribution of expensesusing). So you have to be sure of your choice!


 

How to rent an apartment or a house?
- If you just landed in China and you don’t know anyone, the fastest way to find an apartment is probably to check the websites available in English. The pros are that you won’t have to hunt for an agency on
Is Recycling far away from us in Shanghai? read more
Mar-27th-2014 | Post by expatree

Have you ever seen a Chinese guy collecting used bottle in the street? Ever wonder why they are doing it?
 
Walk down any street in shanghai and you will soon notice the scrap recyclers. They’re the guys collecting used bottles, dismantling old mattresses to remove the metal springs, and flattening and stacking used cardboard boxes.

Recycling is not an activity you might automatically associate with the world’s largest producer of disposable stuff. Know what though? Chinese people are avid recyclers, driven in part by thrift, and in part by business – after all, several of China’s biggest multi-billionaires made their fortunes in the waste recycling business.

It is important to know that recycling is a moral act especially in the developed world (Europe and North America in particular).

Meanwhile, in the developing world, recycling is an economic act, done primarily for income. Little to no consideration is given to the environmental benefits of recycling
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