Living in China

China as a whole is a vastly compelling place to live and work.  Living in the world’s oldest continuing civilization is certainly nothing short of enriching, and the history and culture the country can provide is unmatched. From the sunny, warm beaches of Sanya, to the ice festivals in Harbin, being in one of the world’s largest countries provides limitless opportunities for travel. Holding the second highest number of UNESCO heritage sites in the world, the proximity to many amazing sights to explore is always exciting. More details are covered in our HR Relocation Kit available for international staff relocating to China.

 

Guangzhou has been named China’s most liveable city and its proximity to the wonders of the rest of China certainly plays no small part in this title. However, the Greater Guangzhou Area also comes with an abundance of advantages. There’s a saying here: “good food is in Guangzhou”, and with an iconic regional cooking style and obsession with fresh ingredients, it’s not hard to see why this is the case. From the famed Lingnan school of painting, to the varieties of cultural musical styles, to the ancient traditions of Cantonese opera, Guangzhou is certainly not lacking a rich, vibrant art scene. A number of large parks around the city allow residents to escape Guangzhou’s urban bustle. The city also possesses a vibrant expat scene, with bars, clubs, and one of China’s top football teams. A full range of shopping experiences is on offer, from sprawling high-end shopping malls in the CBD to charming local markets where bargaining for the best price is fully encouraged.

 

All of these attractions are served by a modern public transport system including a comprehensive Metro subway and bus network. The Guangzhou South Railway Station is one of the four largest passenger transit hubs in China, serving approximately 80 million passengers per year to cities across China and down to Hong Kong. Baiyun International Airport, located 28 kilometres from the Guangzhou CBD, is another major transport hub, ranking in the top five airports in China by passenger volume.

 

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Wuhan, with a population of over 11 million, is the capital and largest city of Hubei Province, the ninth-most populous Chinese city and one of the nine National Central Cities of China. The metropolitan area comprises three parts — Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang — commonly called the “Three Towns of Wuhan”. The city lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain, at the confluence of the Yangtze river and its largest tributary, the Han River, and is known as “Nine Provinces’ Thoroughfare”. Considered the political, economic, financial, commercial, cultural and educational center of Central China, Wuhan is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan is sometimes referred to as “the Chicago of China”.  Wuhan consists of three national development zones, four scientific and technological development parks, over 350 research institutes, 1,656 high tech enterprises, numerous enterprise incubators and investments from 230 Fortune Global 500 firms. The city is renown as a centre of education in China, being home to multiple notable institutes of higher education, including Wuhan University and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.  Hubei cuisine is one of China’s ten major styles of cooking. With a history of more than 2,000 years and as a hub for land transport in China, Wuhan has gathered and mixed together various habits and customs from neighboring cities and provinces in all directions, which gives rise to a concentration of distinctive dishes.