As a foreigner, which country is better to work and live for several years, China or India?
Sid Dua, Interested in history, language, current affairs & politics.
Updated Nov 3, 2016
1. Language: 20% of Indians speak fluent English. In other words, 1 in 5 people walking on the streets of India can speak English fluently. Most people, including the poorest, are able to understand some degree of English. The same cannot be said about China where only a select few people (such as English professors, expatriates) would know English. Not to mention, signs and boards in India are printed in English along with Hindi or the local state language. In China, the signs and boards only read in Chinese.
2. Prices: According to Numbeo, consumer prices are 95% higher in China than in India, rent is 255% more expensive in China than in India, restaurant prices are 78% more expensive in China than in India and groceries are 110% more expensive in China than in India.
3. Access to websites: China has blocked many popular Internet sites like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which means if you decide to stay in China, you should bid these websites farewell. They have Chinese equivalents for these sites but they won't be useful to you unless you're willing to learn the Chinese language. India allows access to all these websites and the English versions are popular locally.
4. Freedom of speech: This isn't something that you need to think about too much, but if you say something (in real life or online) that offends the Chinese government in any way, you would be inviting trouble for yourself. Remember that China is a one-party communist state while India is a democratic republic where your freedom of expression is not curtailed.
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Richard Bourne, I lived and worked in China for over 4 years for a variety of multinationals and local companies. I speak f...
Answered Mar 30, 2016
Depends on your tastes and what you would be doing.
I would go where I had the better career prospects, and only you can know that.
If you love Indian food but think Chinese food is kinda meh you will probably be better off in India.
Going beyond just like for cuisine; if you are a vegetarian India will be better. If you love meat, China will be better.
If you want clean, modern infrastructure go to China.
If you want order, a stable controlled society, go to China. Not that India isn't stable, it just seems to achieve it by being in a constant state of chaos which can drive you mad if you are not use to it.
If you want an economy with more upside, go to India. China's economy is slowing and creaking right now. 3-5 years and it might be back on track but right now, India is the better bet.
If you want to learn a language, go to China. Mandarin is fun and useful. If you don't want to learn a language, Indians do speak English.
If you are a man and want to date/have fun with the local women, you should go to China.
If you want to see old historic sights, India has more and they are more varied. China has spent the last few decades destroying their historic sites and rebuilding them Disney style.
If you want free access to the internet and to say whatever you want, head to India.