How would you describe an expat’s life in China? In this article, I share my experiences of living and working in China.
In this article, I’m not going to cover the beautiful Chinese landscape and tasty Chinese food, but instead focus on life in China from a business and relationship aspect.
The reason for moving to China was threefold: Firstly, before relocating to China, I had a well-paid job at 3 recognised universities in Saigon, Vietnam. At the end of the contracts, I was offered a director position at Concordia international school in China with a higher salary, and the city of Xiamen offered a convenient lifestyle.
Secondly, the GDP growth in south east Asia including China beats Europe and the USA with at least 400% which implies a growing job market and more opportunities to do something interesting from an expat and westerners’ point of view. Being stuck in Europe means daily breakfast talks about continuous downsizing, outsourcing and redundancy. The opposite is true for China and Vietnam.
Last but not least, China is a perfect destination if you aim at shipping products to western markets leading to high profit margins for all parties involved. If you are good at connecting with procurement managers in your homeland, finding suppliers in China is not that hard. Chinese love to deal with European and American markets and you may end up as the business bridge between China and your homeland.
Overall, I enjoy my stay in China, but the excitement depends on where you live, and what job you have, and your experience is highly impacted by how professional your employer is concerning treatment of foreign staff, besides the remuneration package.
Positive experiences in China include (1) genuine Chinese hospitality (2) above average returns (3) a comfortable climate (4) safety (5) interpersonal growth.
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