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There are at least 85 million people living with disabilities all throughout China. While the country has made huge strides in working to integrate those people into society in a way that increases accessibility and promotes awareness of their needs, there are certain areas where mobility-limited expats can go to enjoy full accessibility without fear of limitation. After all, transitioning into life as an expat is hard enough without having to worry about whether or not you’ll even be able to access basic necessities and locations needed to integrate yourself into Chinese society. Alas, there are solutions abound, and many different accessible trips you can take that will blow your mind.

What To Know About Accessibility In China

On August 1, 2012, China introduced the Construction of a Barrier-Free Environment. According to the Chinese government, this regulation was designed to ensure that all newly built roads and buildings meet certain construction standards in order to provide accessibility to everybody and barrier-free access to public spaces. Essentially, the idea behind the act was to craft a society in which everybody can participate equally in social life. This extended and extends to include the ability to safely and easily enter and exit buildings, access public transportation, exchange information, and the ability to access community services in an independent manner. As an expat, what does this mean for you? It means you’re living in a country that is actively working to construct and enhance spaces in order to increase accessibility with cutting-edge technology.

Finding Accessibility Within Major Chinese Cities

Did you know that Shanghai provides its citizens with greater access to public transportation than New York City? That’s right, and both Hong Kong and Beijing follow closely behind in terms of accommodating citizens and visitors alike. The key to unlocking accessible China lies in knowing where to look in order to find the best gems that are both impressive and truly accessible. Expert accessibility expats note that the Great Wall of China, for example, is wheelchair-accessible and easy to visit for people with a variety of abilities. If spending time in the city is your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that newer subway lines in Beijing also offer barrier-free access for those traveling in a wheelchair, and most city buses are wheelchair accessible with a ramp at the rear door. Alternatively, Shanghai has been deemed the most accessible city in mainland China and is nearly entirely accessible from the airport to public transportation and even hotels.

Feeling At Home In Shanghai

As an expat, one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face is feeling at home in a foreign country and culture, especially if you’re having to adjust to new accessibility standards that simply don’t feel like the ones you’re used to. However, China and Shanghai, in particular, are actively working towards creating accessible public spaces that ensure you feel at home no matter where you go and no matter what your mobility level is. These efforts should encourage you to get out and explore your new home without fear of feeling left out.
 
Katlyn Hope
for Expatree
Date:2019-03-12 16:02:23
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