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A Noble Prize reward meets 200 millions wedding read more
Oct-23rd-2015 | Post by expatree

Several weeks ago, 2 events drew amounts of public attention, Tu Youyou, an unknown Chinese medical scientist, received the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. She is the first Chinese Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine as well as in natural sciences. Another pair of public figures also drew attention, actor Huang xiaoming and actress Angelababy held their wedding in Shanghai, it was reported that their luxury wedding cost around 200 millions RMB.

Tu can only afford to buy a half of a living room in Beijing by using award amount and only a few media reported this great contribution and historic occasion. It's ironic that a celebrity’s luxury wedding attracted most of the Chinese media at that moment. This is alarming that the population prioritizes a celebrity wedding over a Nobel Prize winner from China.

“Compared to these actor and actress, Tu was being paid what we considered a derisory amount of money.”

We don't wholly agr

Big News! Changes in Shanghai Free Trade Zone read more
Sep-18th-2015 | Post by visashanghai
Starting from May 2015, Shanghai government bodies revised the restricted industries list for foreign investors and made it applicable for Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Amendments made to current list not considered as major change but a revision of 2014 initiatives. Below industries outlines information where foreign investors are treated different than those domestic companies. However, there are number of changes where we think could include various opportunities for new investors and now extended to the three new FTZs

Agriculture in General
 - Agriculture, crop seeds, fishery and animal husbandry is a critical subject and remains sensitive to Chinese citizens. Fishing in certain waters is due to approval from Chinese   government.

Mining, Natural Resources and Exploitation
 -All initiatives needs to be approved by concerned government bodies.
 -Oil and Gas exploitation needs to be contractual or joint venture with a Chinese partner

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Digital World in China, now and future? read more
Sep-17th-2015 | Post by expatree

Digital, Social and Mobile Media have shown no signs of slowing down in the future of China. To begin with, here are some headlines you need to be aware of:

Internet Users: 668 million, a 6% year-on-year increase
Social Media Users: 659 million – more than the USA and Europe combined
Unique Mobile Users: 675 million, responsible for 1.3 billion mobile subscriptions
Mobile Internet Users: 594 million, accounting for 89% of all China’s internet user
Mobile Social Media Users: 574 million, up 15 million since this time last year

The year-on-year growth rates tell interesting stories too.

Internet in China

Roughly 100,000 people in China started using the internet every day over the past year – that’s more than one every second. Much of this growth is being driven by improved mobile access, with close to 90% of the country’s netizens using mobile devices to access the internet. It’s worth noting that this is often in addition to PC-based usage too, but an

Attention! Get these certificates and promote your job in China read more
Aug-14th-2015 | Post by expatree

Confused by too many certificates in China? Recently 211 official professional certificates in a variety of industries were announced despite not being qualified or acceptable. In other words, the remaining certificates raise attention to the public, especially the top 10 certificates. Is there any chance for expats to seek a job in China? Let’s explore it.


1. National Judicial Examination

Requirement: Candidate with bachelor degree, not limited to law major, but it is highly recommended to have a basic knowledge of law background.

Exam Time Schedule: 3rd week of September every year

Expatree Comments: Entrance to Judge, Prosecutor and Lawyer position in China as well result in high compensation. Unfortunately, this is not opened to the expat community yet. 

2. Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Requirement: Candidate must have accounting diploma or related professional skills background.

Exam Time Schedule: Oct. 17-18 in 2015

Expatree Comme

Is Uber Dead in China? read more
Jul-24th-2015 | Post by expatree

Uber, a taxi calling mobile application, allows everyone to become an amateur taxi driver. When Uber first arrived in China, it drew public attention and become one of the hottest topics. However, more recently it has brought up frustrating legal contradictions.

Several days ago in Shanghai, an Uber taxi driver was tackled by a police while a woman passenger was getting in the vehicle. The passenger admitted she called the taxi through the Uber app and denied having previously known the taxi driver. Police then found a “non-operating” sign on the driver´s license implying it was an illegal taxi service. As a result, this private driver will face a 10,000 RMB penalty and his driver´s license will be withheld for 3-6 months. Shockingly, the same incident was occurring in Hangzhou.

“Black Taxi or not?” then became an issue surrounding Uber. In addition, Didi (滴滴) or Kuaidi(快的), another two local taxi calling applications, both met the same issue. To

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