Would you prefer to settle in China after COVID-19?
Thomas Pauken II
BEIJING: I have been living in China’s capital city since October 2010, so I will address the question to readers who are thinking about moving to the country after the COVID-19 pandemic. My first advice is not to take your decision lightly.
The world has forever been changed on account of the virus and despite Beijing moving forward an returning to normal, residents are still required to comply with a few social distancing measures and if you take public transportation you must continue to wear a face mask.
You may have also heard that China has opened its borders with 95 countries and the country could welcome visitors from all countries in the next few months ahead. Nonetheless, the coronavirus restrictions may be ongoing until early next year unless a vaccine has proven successful.
I mention these factors as a warning, since your ability to get a trip or work visa in China could prove challenging for the time being. So let’s say you wait until next year before making preparations to move to China, is that really a good idea?
Well, it’s important to be honest with yourself because China is not the right country for everyone. Those who have enjoyed some success in the nation have the character traits: patient, hard-working, reliable and steadfast. A person who is lazy, avid party-goer, gossiper, impatient and complainer will struggle to adapt to the country.
In regards to going into retirement in China, I would not recommend it unless you have a close network of friends and family living here. China is best for ambitious people. You can find plenty of opportunities if you are qualified but don’t expect to use your ‘white privilege’ card if you are a foreigner. The days of special treatment for white employees are no more.
But there’s still good news for people aspiring to move to China. The domestic economy has entered the rebound stage and qualified people who may have lost their jobs back home should consider conducting a job search in China. We can anticipate Beijing to embark on nationwide urbanization and modernization drives for the short to mid-term outlook.
The country will be doubling-down on building more major infrastructure, opening up the country to attract more foreign direct investments (FDI), boosting innovations in the science and hi-tech industries and more cities will get propped up. The big winners will be urban planners, scientists, inventors, architects, engineers and fin-tech investors.
Southern China may likely lure in more foreigners for the next few years. Shenzhen is home to China’s Silicon Valley and Shanghai is the country’s finance hub. But Beijing will continue to attract more foreigners as the capital city. If you come to work in China be prepared to work hard but if you succeed, there are good chances to be richly rewarded.
We can also learn more about Hainan island just off the southeast coast of China. Beijing hopes to develop the tropical island for tourism and business investments. There’s a story from Xinhua.
Clara Martinez Naranjo
I love that you have requested this question, because I would like to share my thoughts and prospects on China and what I would like to pursue there.
First of all, my stay in China was amazing. I think this was partly due to my University, Nottingham, who took care of us and assured that we would discover this country slowly but steady. Going to classes with locals also helped me understand better chinese culture and their lifestyle. And I fell in love with China’s beautiful landscapes and urban territories. I enjoyed it’s delicious cuisine and local’s kindness. Even though it was hard to adapt at first, I started opening my mindset and started understanding what I was missing. I spent in China a semester, but it felt like a couple of years.
When I had to go back to Spain due to covid, my heart was broken. I still wanted to see many things in China. I had many events planned. I was in fact going to visit my Chinese friend’s family house and celebrate the Chinese New Year with them. I spend many nights in Spain crying. I felt like I had been taken away the best year of my life. Spain seemed weird after being in China for a while. I searched for flights everyday, even though I knew that their borders were closed
I am still finding a way to go back. I am thinking about maybe doing a master with UNNC or searching for internships. Everyday I go on Linkedin and apply for jobs in China. I would love to work and live in Shanghai someday. So, I guess that pretty much answers your question. If I had the chance to go back to China, I would 100 percent take it. But for now, I will focus on living my life in Spain while I still search for job opportunities there.
Under normal circumstances I spend around 6 months a year living in China. Personally I love the place, but to settle there full time, not so sure
I'm getting on in years and that does have a bearing .
Our place is in Dalian, and it gets damn cold in the winter, which is quite uncomfortable.
Another thing is that China really is for the Chinese, there are not that many expats where I live. The variety of foods has improved, but is still quite limited for a westerner.
Cinemas are extremely expensive and frankly well over priced.
My limited knowledge of Mandarin is another consideration.
If i was a younger person, had better IT skills and was fluent in the language, then yes I could quite happily settle there.
My wife and I we are travelers, we love to travel to different countries and try to learn about different cultures, before this pandemic we always visited different places…the biggest disappointment was China, beautiful history, and the Palace…but people are loud, and rude, no manners at all, dirty streets in many areas…i eat better chineese food in many cities in the states. We planned a two weeks visit, and we cut and stay 5 days only, the rest we went to Hong Kong…loy better…however people in Hong Kong don’t mix with tourists…
I currently live in HK, and I wouldn’t mind settling in either Mainland China or Hong Kong.
HK and Shenzhen are slowly returning back to normal from COVID, thanks to a competent go nment ( in my opinion ). I’ve never had any qualms settling in China, but Covid-19 actually made me appreciate living in China even more. All my colleagues who live in Canada or other parts of the world are flying back to China at any given chance.
I would never move to China. I’m terrible at learning languages.
I have lived very happily and safely in Beijing for the last 20 years and am treated with great respect by all Chinese. The complex where I live has seven ±30 storey bldgs arranged in a square with a private 5 acre park in the centre, with large trees, seats and tables and a stream and a large exercise area with a big selection of equipment for free use. There is a hospital and pharmacy, an old age home, a gym with a pool, a hotel, a large supermarket, a KFC and a few restaurants on the first floor of our bldg and the adjoining one
I've been working and living in China since 2012. At least in my city, 0 cases going on 4 months. With the minor exception of masks and health codes, life is back to normal.
I'll continue to work here, but won't settle down. I'll return to the US, although not in the near future.
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I am 66 and have been settled in Fort Worth, TX all my life. I have NO desire to settle ANYWHERE else, including China.
Yes, if you can get in. It's a privilege to be able to live there who says the lives of her citizens are paramount.
Sure, anytime. It’s a great country with good management
yes, China handled the virus hundreds of times better than the US. But not long term though, maybe a couple months at the time
China might be the only safe country to settle for whatever reason, but, are you qualified to settle there?
Haha! My younger brother moved there to marry two years ago! Feels somewhat trapped!
Richard Kenneth Eng
The Chinese people were very disciplined in their use of face masks and social distancing. Moreover, the affected cities and provinces were locked down tighter than a drum.
Contrast this with the United States. A great many Americans bitch and moan about having to wear masks and avoid social gatherings. So they ignore the advice of the medical authorities.
But the biggest problem is the failure of the country to completely lock down. Some states did not lock down totally, and some states didn’t lock down at all! The reason is that the federal go nment doesn’t have the authority to order states to lock down; this is entirely a state responsibility, and many states are governed by idiots. (As if having an idiot in the White House wasn’t bad enough.)
One final issue: the United States waited far too long to begin mitigation protocols. They waited till mid-March! By that time, the virus had gotten such a strong foothold that it was basically out of control. It was like fighting wildfire in California.