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What you need to know when you plan on visiting Tibet read more
Aug-28th-2015 | Post by expatree

Are you planning on visiting Tibet anytime soon? Well take sometime to read through a basic introduction of what you need to keep in mind when planning. Permits, tours, accomodation and even food are not what you expect. To best enjoy Tibet, you need to plan and prepare for what you will encounter in this beautiful land. Expatree hopes to have helped you getting better acquainted with the customs of visiting Tibet.

- Are you authorised to tour Tibet freely?

This is not permitted. If you plan to visit Tibet, be prepared to have a private tour or be part of a group tour. Before 2008, although a rarity, there were some free tours, however, all persons must be accompanied and have to go through various check points. This is for security reasons especially in the outskirts of Lhasa.

- How much tour freedom do I really have?

When visiting tour points in Tibet, you have to be accompanied by a tour guide but if you are relaxing for the day, you are permitted to be alone. There are very clear rule

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

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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

8 Tips to help find your meaning and purpose in life read more
Jul-19th-2015 | Post by AdiTheSuccessCoach

One of my clients was asking about finding their purpose in life. I thought well, this is actually at least the 10th time I've helped clients with this so this time, I will share some of my thoughts with all my personal readers and Expatree.

Find your purpose. with

8 Tips to help find your meaning and purpose in life:

1.Identify the activities that are meaningful for you. These are the things that just feel right when you’re doing them, they have purpose and you feel authentic when you’re doing them.

2.Identify the things that you are good at. The things that make you feel at your best when you are doing them.

3.Create a brief statement that ties together what you are good at and what provides you with a sense of purpose. This can be a mission or vision statement. A short sentence, a paragraph or even a mantra.

4.Check how your statement or mantra supports your current direction. Is what your doing in line with this. How much of your daily life is near this?

5.Develop new insights and skills that he

China Updates their VISA Policy Part 2 read more
Jul-17th-2015 | Post by expatree


For the second part of this blog, Expatree is going to introduce to you the new China VISA Regulations that will be implemented. Most of these changes are directed at VISA applications from outside China as well as extensions of VISAS. Below are the changes and new regulations to be implemented:

There are new types of VISAS available bringing it to the total of 16 new options. Please refer to a an official government website for more information on the requirements. 

- When you apply for the Z Visa in Hong Kong, you do not have to go through a medical examination before hand as in previous years. However, you do need to have a residence contract or registration form to prove your living area.

- When applying for the residence permit in Shanghai, it now takes 7 working days instead of the longer 15 days.

- When family members apply for the family Residence permit in Shanghai they need it to be notarized by the Chinese Embassy/Consulate outside of China.

- When a living partner (no

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