7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Living in China ...


I live in Guangzhou, China – the country’s third largest city after Beijing and Shanghai – and that got me into sharing my thoughts on why you should consider living in China. I am not Chinese; I'm here because my husband works here, but I've lived in China before, making it easier for me to adjust to the culture and daily life. The Middle Kingdom is a fascinating country of more than one billion people that leaves you with several reasons why you should consider living in China.

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Affordable Goods (Especially Vegetables!)

Affordable Goods (Especially Vegetables!) The ability to stretch your hard-earned cash is my top consideration and the best reason why you should consider living in China. As a foreign student in Shanghai five years ago, I was able to make my scholarship money go a long way by shopping and cooking my own food. Visiting the local market and befriending the vendors were part of my weekly routine. At present, I still go to the market where we buy our fruits, vegetables, eggs, grains and meat. Prices are lower than what you can see in big supermarkets.


Overwhelming Cultural Scene

Overwhelming Cultural Scene I mean that in the most positive way. Culture is appropriate, preserved, and protected in this part of the world. Museums and libraries are everywhere. Some people are just afraid of visiting China because of the communist label. But truth to be told, it’s not a scary country to live in. Sure it may sound foreign to many travelers because of the language (Mandarin Chinese) they speak but generally, you can get by. My husband has lived here for 10 years and he only knows xiexie (thank you), dui (you’re right!) and meiyou (none). And he can’t speak those words well either!


Extraordinary Sites and Sounds

Extraordinary Sites and Sounds The pagodas, the botanical gardens, the festivals… there is so much to see in China and with 22 provinces (excluding two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, four direct-controlled municipalities including Beijing and Shanghai, and five autonomous regions) to enjoy, you are in for a lifetime of discovery and adventure. I have travelled around China and my favorite place is Hangzhou, where the National Tea Museum and West Lake are located. Guilin is a dreamy place to set foot on alongside Zhangjiajie (in Hunan province), where the 2010 film Avatar reportedly got its inspiration from the floating Hallelujah Mountains.


Delicious, Varying Cuisine

Delicious, Varying Cuisine While doing Chinese Studies between 2009 and 2010, I was drawn to a lecture about Chinese cuisine. The most well-known cuisines are Sichuan, Jiangsu (Huaiyang), Shandong and Cantonese. Sichuan is known for its spicy dishes while Cantonese cuisine involves several dim sum dishes. I am a fan of cao fan (stir-fried rice) and jiaozi (dumpling), which are also sold in the streets. When it comes to food, there's a variety to choose from in China. All you need to do is to take your pick. And when you’re done eating, don’t forget to drink your tea!


Convenient Transportation System

Convenient Transportation System I come from a country where transportation is really crude. Living in China made me appreciate the value of a subway system. Sure it may not be as good as Europe's, but it's certainly helpful to be traveling around the city knowing that you have several transportation options to choose from. Traveling between cities is very convenient too. I usually travel by train between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The travel time is anywhere between two to three hours. Taking the bus provides an alternative and is usually cheaper than the train.


Growing International Community

Growing International Community We have a mini-United Nations assembly here and it's reflected in the type of restaurants here. In Shanghai, most of the foreign students visit a Korean restaurant called ING Chicken. Here in Guangzhou, we frequent Sultan (Turkish) and Tequila (Mexican). The Garden Hotel’s Carousel Restaurant is a rotating restaurant found on the 30th floor serving an international seafood dinner buffet. I have met people from different parts of the world working in different professions and backgrounds. China is a melting pot of various cultures.


Availability of Jobs, Especially Teaching English

Availability of Jobs, Especially Teaching English In case you’ve been living in a cave, let me just share that China is growing to be a superpower and it's been opening its doors to the world. While its population’s ability to communicate in English has been criticized for years, the Chinese are now exposing themselves – especially the younger ones – to speaking and writing English. Hence, there is a demand for more English teachers. I'm not a native English speaker but I got several job offers already after I visited some schools and inquired about the possibility of teaching English there.

The bottom line: Don't believe everything reported by the media. What's being depicted in news is just a fraction of what the country is all about. Certainly, each country has positive and negative happenings. The key to enjoying China is to be open-minded and flexible in the way you view things. Do you have any experiences living or traveling in China?

Feedback Junction

Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

Please consider the particle pollution that is currently plaguing nearly all of China due to the immense amounts of factories. There is so much pollution in China right now. The country as a whole really is the worst in the entire world for particle pollution. It's a shame

No thanks they eat cats and dogs there and don't have any respect for nature or people of other cultures besides theirs

@aurela, You really are ignorant. Not all Chinese people eat cats and dogs.

I live in china and it's great. I can speak the language and have only lived here two years. You forget the fact that people poo in the street. Scream at each other even they are next to each other. And drink hot water to cure everything. But china isn't as crazy as we are taught in schools. People I know are nice. And the people I don't know seem to be overly rude. Especially the young generation. As you can see it's mixed feelings in china. I've been here almost three years. I've been to the avatar set aka zhangjiajiee it was great. There are many good places and parts as with any country.

Every country has it's ups and down ,positive and negative china is a very fast moving country.has given lots,if we say they eat cats and dogs what are we eating a lots of junk food and sweet,no sun ,end up ill - cold after cold after cold ,we humans are never happy,if we just think of what positive things we got the list is never ending ,we never say thanks in fact we want more -eg money money we leave our nice country's

No, thanks

Planning on moving to china in a few years...right now I am living in Taiwan to get a feel for the language but I can't wait to experience china!

China is in fact a beautiful country! Proud to call it my home country :) full of life and culture, wonderful place visit! There is a lot of smog though, but only in the big cities! If you get the chance, I highly suggest you take it :)

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