Look no further than WIC! We have branches in Los Angeles,Johannesburg and Beijing and are growing year by year. Bustling cities and ancient culture make China an amazing location to live and work abroad.
Chinese culture is both traditional and modern. It’s easy to lose yourself in ancient temples or China’s expansive urban jungles. Most Chinese are predominately Han Chinese, but there are other large ethnic groups like Zhuang, Hui, Manchu, and Uyghur. You’ll find that there are a lot of similarities and differences not only between ethnic groups but also from community to community. With a population of over 1 billion, you’re bound to find a lot of variety!
The people in China are really friendly, but they may not speak that much English. Yet, you do not need to speak Mandarin to reach out to them. Most of the restaurant owners or shop vendors are street smart, so they can figure out what you need using broken English, insufficient Mandarin, and lots of hand gestures. Friendships have been built upon these communications, so don’t be afraid to get out there and try!
With more than 5,000 years of practice, China has perfected the art of food. There are tons of styles of Chinese food, and there’s always something around the corner that’ll surprise you. From fried rice, to dim sum, to guotie (pot stickers), it’s easy to find new “go to” dishes to get you through the week.
Don’t worry though, because if you are craving something from home, it’s easy to find a foreign supermarket and plenty of Western restaurants, too. If cooking is your thing, there are also plenty of supermarkets that have Western ingredients.
As an expat in China, transportation is like a big, synchronized dance where everyone else hears the music except for you. Public transportation options are plentiful, cheap, and clean. Everyone in China relies heavily on high speed trains, subways, buses and taxis, so these methods of getting around are often the best option.
Housing in China is modern and affordable. Most people tend to live in high-rise apartment complexes that are relatively accommodating. These communities usually have everything you need within walking distance. Supermarkets, convenient stores, gyms, and restaurants are easily accessible.
In China, you’ll never get bored of the scenery. Mountains, high plateaus, and deserts dominate the landscape of Western China, whereas the east is abuzz with modern-day urban jungles.
From the Himalayas bordering India, Nepal, and Bhutan to the numerous rivers to the Gobi Desert that runs west to east along the border with Mongolia, China offers a wide range of adventure opportunities.
In a country as large as China, the weather can be vary greatly. No matter what you’re looking for, China can probably accommodate you.