Is it possible that a foreign (white) woman could live, marry, and make a living in rural China?
Shou'en Li, Editor-in-Chief, Reporter (2003-present)
Everything is possible.
But “Rural China” is a big concept, since China is so vast in land area and diversified in land form.
Rural China can be like this. Yes, this is not an urban area, it is a picture of the wealthiest Chinese village — Huaxi Village, in eastern Jiangsu Province.
But it can also be like this — a kitchen inside a farm house in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China.
And there are picturesque villages with natural beauty or traditional taste dotted across the country.
A village in western Shaanxi Province:
A village in central Anhui Province.
A Miao ethnic minority village in southwest Guizhou Province.
A “snow village” in northeastern Heilongjiang Province in the winter.
So you need to get prepared, “rural China” here might be a total different experience of “rural China” there: different living standards, different living styles, different climates, different dialects (which make the Chinese ourselves cannot understand each other if not for the Putonghua, or standard Chinese), and different culture and customs, etc.
So, back to your question. Yes, of course, it’s possible for you to live, marry and make a living in “rural China,” but you need to carefully pick up the part of rural China which matches with your dream, or at least, your imagination.
Brittany Nicole, Brand Development Manager at Tenshi Trading, LLC (2017-present)
Yep, very easily. Been there, done that! Cost of living is low, if you’re a native English speaker you can make a really great salary teaching English, and finding a Chinese husband really wouldn’t be a problem ;)
Simon Barry McNeil, lived in China (2005-2007)
Fully possible. I know people who have done it. But have you tried living in rural China yet? Expatriate life can sometimes be difficult. Before you go planning the rest of your life out, suggest getting like a one-year contract somewhere and giving it a go.
Pansy S, former Financial Manager at Fortune 500 (2016-2018)
Of course you can. The point is how much you will enjoy your life there. Definition Of rural area could be broad. In this case, I would recommend a developed area rather than an underdeveloped one. You can have a decent standard of living given that there there is a great demand Of English education. However, In some Other places, you would be facing communication barrier. Not sure how much you can adjust to life there.