The postal system in China is probably one of the cheapest and most efficient in the world. In this article, I am going to give a small description of the different needs, the sending possibilities that exist, and the advantages and disadvantages of each service. Below, you can find the points I am going to cover. [Read more…]
Living in Asia has many perks in terms of weather, low living costs, great food, and business opportunities. Having said that, it also comes with some responsibility as you’re sometimes not protected by a national welfare system.
Health insurance and medical access are some of the prime examples. Surprisingly, I still come across people who don’t have any health insurance or have no clue what medical facilities to visit if they get sick.
This is almost reckless and one should have a thorough knowledge of how to act in an emergency. Therefore, we have written this article where we go into further details about what international medical clinics are, why you should have private insurance, and more.
Let’s get started.
International Medical Clinics in Asia – Index
Having an account at a Chinese bank can be an advantage, even if your stay is only for a few weeks or months.
In this guide, you will find all of the information you need to know before opening a bank account as well as how to do it. Below are the main subjects that we will cover:
Personal Banking in China – Index
- Reasons to open a bank account in China
- Who can open a bank account in China?
- What do I need to open a bank account in China?
- What bank to choose
- Banking procedures
- Obtaining debit and credit cards
- Union Pay compared to Visa, MasterCard and American Express
- Taking money to China
- Bringing money back from China
- Online and mobile banking
- Frequently asked questions
Reasons for opening a bank account in China
Even if you are in China for a short period of time, opening a bank account in China can make your life easier for multiple reasons: [Read more…]
One of the most important things you need to consider before moving to China to live is whether you need to take out health insurance or not, and what type of policy to choose.
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This article is intended to help you understand what you will find in China, and to provide the information necessary for you to be able to decide whether to take out a health insurance policy and how to choose it.
To do so, we are going to cover the following topics (you can click on the index below to skip directly to the section that you are most interested in).
Health Insurance for Expats in China – Index
- Medical attention in China
- Why do I need health insurance in China?
- Hospitals in China
- Types of health insurance in China
- What is a broker and why you might need one?
- Table comparing health insurance policies for China
- Other Health Insurances for China
- How to evaluate the features of a health insurance policy
- Send a request for a free quotation to the broker we recommend
Do you live in Shanghai and need a dentist right now? Below you find a list of international dental clinics in the city.
Or, do you plan to relocate to the city in the near future? If that’s the case, you should consider looking for an international dental clinic in advance and that can help you and your family in case you need help later. [Read more…]
Websites to Teach English Online to Chinese Kids – Index
Teaching English online has become an increasingly popular profession, might it be for full-time teachers or for those who just want some extra income. It’s a perfect option if you want to work in another country, work remotely, or just have a back-up in times of crisis.
One of the greatest and most well-paid markets for online English teachers is undoubtedly the one in China. Thanks to a massive population, a great demand for English teachers, and high salaries, more and more teachers now target this market.
In this article, we list some of the most popular websites where you can teach English online to Chinese children and students.
Teaching kids in China
This is a complete guide to finding a job as an English teacher in China. It’s around 10,000 words, so take your time to read it. You can also click on one of the links below to jump directly to the sections that most interest you.
How to Teach English in China – Index
- Why teach English in China?
- Visa requirements
- What qualifications do I need?
- Teaching English as a non-native English speaker
- TEFL – Teaching English as a foreign language
- Best online platforms to get your TEFL certification
- What other skills will I need?
- Types of English teaching positions available
- Preparing a CV for a Chinese teaching position
- How to apply – from outside of China
- How to apply – from inside China
- Contracts and benefits
- What type of people teach English in China?
- Location considerations
- What can go wrong?
- Frequently asked questions
Virtual phone numbers – Index
What is a virtual phone number?
A virtual number is a phone number that isn’t associated with any physical phone line: all the incoming calls are redirected to another number (for instance your mobile number)
Why you may need a virtual phone number
Have you ever used a roaming service while you were abroad? I did it when I just arrived in China and I ended up paying a huge amount of money (at the time my family needed to contact me quite frequently and I was often offline). After the first crazy expensive bill I decided to find a solution to this problem. This is how I stumbled upon virtual numbers.
Using a virtual number to redirect calls from a local number in your country to your Chinese mobile number is probably the best option to receive calls in China or wherever you are. It’s cheap and you won’t have to teach your grandma to use Skype!
Open an Online Shop on Taobao – Index
China. 1.4 billion people with a huge consumer market that get an increased appetite for foreign products. In the past years, we’ve seen increasingly more foreign brands that want to enter the Chinese markets thanks to the many opportunities offered.
Many companies prefer selling online via cross-border eCommerce and on websites like Kaola.com, JD.hk, and Tmall.hk. That said, you shouldn’t neglect Taobao.com where entry requirements are lower and where sellers pay substantially lower fees.
Today, we review Taobao, how you can sell there, what you need, and more.
How to Hire a Freelancer in Asia – Index
Along with globalization and digitization, more and more people pursue a career as freelancers. Hiring freelancers is easy and borders are no longer limitations to companies who wish to find highly skilled people in specific industries worldwide.
Freelancers and remote workers are here to stay and we see a trend where millennials especially prefer to be more independent and be able to choose their work location.
In this article, we explain what the benefits are of hiring freelancers, how the process is, how much it costs, and more.
The guide to Swapsy – Index
- What is Swapsy?
- How to configure Swapsy?
- How does Swapsy work?
- Which currencies can be transferred with Swapsy?
- Which forms of payment are accepted by Swapsy?
- Can I use Swapsy if I have a European bank account?
- Is Swapsy safe?
- How much money can be transferred with Swapsy?
- How much does Swapsy cost?
- Comparison with Trasferwise
- Swapsy’s limitations
At times, living in China can be more costly than you might think, and always requires a certain amount of money. Unless you have a fixed income such as a scholarship (for foreign students), a salary (for foreign workers) or if that’s simply not enough, you’ll need to turn to the savings that are resting comfortably in your home country. Or (I wish you the best with it), you’ll need to transfer the money you have in China directly to your home account.
In the majority of cases, trying to transfer money from China abroad can be very frustrating because you’ll have to deal with a large number of limitations imposed by the government, endless questions about where the money came from and the eventual taxes you’ll have to pay, added commissions and long lines at the bank.
The inverse process can at times be just as complex and/or costly, especially if you withdraw money from a Chinese ATM with a card not belonging to a Chinese circuit.
Besides the methods that you perhaps already know (such as TransferWise, for example) there’s also Swapsy, a money-transfer P2P service.
In this short guide I will explain what Swapsy is, how it works, and other bits of useful information about this new platform.
Accounting Software for Your Chinese Company – Index
Do you have a company or plan to start a business in China and need an accounting software solution? There are plenty of services available in the Chinese market, both free and paid versions, that we explain more about in this article.
In this article, we list some of the most popular companies that provide software accounting solutions to small, medium, and large-sized businesses in China. If you have any other recommendations, feel free to drop a comment below.
Best Pet Sitting Services in China – Index
Are you looking for a pet-sitting service provider in China and need a helping hand? Don’t look any further.
In this article, we list some of the most popular pet-sitting companies in Shanghai and Beijing. If you don’t live in any of these cities, don’t worry. We also present two new platforms that are revolutionizing the pet-sitting market.
The platforms cover plenty of parts of mainland China and Hong Kong and have grown fast since their launch dates.
First, let’s start and have a look at a pet-sitting platform that is used in the Chinese market only and grows with an impressive rate.
Best SEO Strategies for Baidu – Index
Google was blocked in China in March 2009 and foreigners and locals must download a VPN to be able to use it. To many people’s surprise, Baidu was founded as early as 2000, but it has grown massively since Google lost a great deal of traffic to its main competitor.
If you plan to enter the Chinese market and sell online, you have to create a Chinese website that is optimized to rank well on Baidu. In this article, we explain some SEO strategies that are important to rank on Baidu, the difference between Google and Baidu, and more. Let’s get started.
Hosting, Domain Registration, and CDN – Index
Foreigners who are serious about entering the Chinese market should carefully study what measures they can take to improve Baidu SEO. You see, Google has been blocked since 2009 and Baidu is by far the most popular search engine among the Chinese.
Three of the most important things that impact Baidu SEO are your:
- Domain Registration
- Servers / Hosting
- CDN (Content Delivery Network)
Even if many experts claim that a .cn domain doesn’t necessarily improve your rankings on Baidu.com there are some benefits of using a .cn domain.
First of all, by using a .cn domain, you indicate that you target the Chinese audience. As you don’t need a Chinese business license to register a .cn domain, for now, it can be worthwhile taking the opportunity while it’s possible.
Besides, Baidu is also known for giving priority based on your server location. The reason is that it’s primarily used in the Chinese market, giving benefits to practically anything Chinese.
Lastly, I also want to mention that it can be worth using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) if you want to rank high on Baidu. This is especially the case if you have trouble with slow site speeds in China. A CDN will help you, not only to improve the site speeds but add security.
In this article, we will review different service providers who can help you with domain registrations, hosting, and CDN services in China.
Legalizing Foreign Documents for China – Index
- Who needs to request the legalization of documents for China
- Types of documents that could require legalization in China
- General procedure for legalizing documents for China
- Timetable for legalizing consular documents for China
- Costs for legalizing consular documents for China
- Is it possible to legalize consular documents in China?
- Translating documents to legalize
- Reverse legalization: from China to places abroad
Moving to China often requires a large number of documents to prepare, some of which must be done well ahead of time. The most important is definitely the visa, whichever one it might be, without which you won’t be able to enter the country.
To get a Chinese visa, you’ll often need other documents to attach to the application or to present in China for study, work, tourism, visiting relatives, internship, etc.
When I say documents, I mean any type of legal document required from someone in the destination country, in this case the People’s Republic of China: certificate of study, diplomas, degrees, work contract, birth, marriage and relative certificates, commercial certificate, authenticated statements, medical certificates, criminal record, power of attorney, et cetera.
These documents, which have a legal value and are recognized in your country (the place where they were issued), usually don’t have the same value abroad, and as a result, need to be legalized so that they might regain their legal value in a country other than the one where they were issued. [Read more…]
Hospitals in China: Our Guide – Index
In the past decade, China has become an increasingly popular country for travelers and expats moving there for career opportunities.
Yet, before you embark on a journey to a foreign developing country like China, you should do some research on how the healthcare system works, what kinds of hospitals you can visit, if you need insurance, and more.
Truth be told, the Chinese healthcare system is significantly different compared to Western countries, often with lower standards. Even if the Chinese health sector has improved much over the years, many challenges lie ahead, something that I will explain more about later.
Do you want to find an international dental clinic in Beijing that help foreign patients?
In this article, we list some of the most popular and reputable dental clinics that help both corporations and private clients. We provide an introduction about the clinics, list the cities where they operate, and finally their office address.
Many of the companies have decades of experience and with medical clinics as well. If you have any recommendations for other dental clinics, feel free to drop a comment about your experience below. Let’s get started.
Without a doubt, one of the motives that bring people to China is work. Today, the People’s Republic of China is a solid reality that isn’t as far off and exotic as our parents would have thought; it is present in many levels of our lives, and we know quite well that for some time it has already held the role of a superpower on a worldwide scale, whose growth seems to refuse to slow down.
For these reasons, moving to China for work is no longer an unusual step and the country continues to attract a growing international work force.
One of the most common jobs in China, at least for foreigners, is that of a foreign language teacher (English is first, but there’s also French, Spanish, and Italian) in universities, public or private schools and in language centers.
Besides teachers, growing numbers of interpreters are needed in the world of Chinese jobs, as are translators, entrepreneurs, etc.
In this article I will show you how to arrive in China with a type Z work visa.
In particular, we’ll look at the specifics of this type of visa, which documents you’ll need in order to apply for one, what are the conditions and prerequisites, where you can get one, what a Working Permit is, what you’ll need to apply for a residence permit when you get to China and what you need to do if you want to change jobs.
Chinese work visa – Index
- What is a type Z Chinese work visa
- Where can I apply for a type Z Chinese work visa
- What are the preliminary conditions for obtaining a type Z Chinese work visa
- What documents are needed for a type Z Chinese work visa
- What is a “Foreigner’s Working Permit”
- How many and what are the classes for a “Foreigner’s Working Permit”
- How much does a type Z Chinese work visa cost
- How long does a type Z Chinese work visa last
- How to read a type Z Chinese work visa
- What to do after arriving in China
- What to do if you want to change jobs while in China