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YCIS What To Consider When Moving to Shanghai


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Tips for families relocating to Shanghai. …

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  • 2. Moving to Shanghai •  So, you and your family are considering making the big move to Shanghai. With a population of 23 million people — it is China’s largest city — the idea of making a new home in Shanghai is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. •  Luckily, with a bit of preparation, the move to Shanghai will become less daunting. To follow are seven important topics to consider before moving your family to Shanghai
  • 3. Cost of Living The popular notion that because everything in China is “cheap,” you can live a life of luxury for a fraction of the cost is misleading… Food •  Non-imported food and consumer products can be extremely cheap, but the quality of these items is inconsistent and sometimes unreliable Foreign Items •  High-priced foreign items, such as cars, are subject to a 20% price increase known as a “luxury tax” Standard of Life •  You need around $3,884.59 (¥23,824.97) in Dallas, TX to maintain the same standard of living that you can have with ¥21,000 in Shanghai
  • 4. Cost of Living Comparing New York to Shanghai: Consumer prices in New York = 58% higher Rent in New York = 136% higher General rule: The cost of living in Shanghai is determined by your lifestyle choices
  • 5. Schools •  Many parents worry about the quality of education their child will receive if they are living abroad. •  Shanghai offers: •  Some of the best international schools in China •  A premium Asian learning environment •  Opportunities for growing children to engage in cross-cultural learning A fun and engaging school environment An equally, if not more, valuable education than what is offered in the child’s home country Shanghai’s international schools can offer:
  • 6. Schools Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) offers an international curriculum that combines the best of Eastern and Western educational philosophies and practices Bilingualism Creative expression Individual growth Community service Strong, intelligent, global-minded students This promotes In order to foster
  • 7. Housing •  Where in Shanghai you choose to live can have a big impact on your family’s daily life and the people with whom you interact. •  YCIS Shanghai campuses are: Located close to many of the major residential areas Easily accessible by car or public transport The most important thing: Choose a house or apartment in an area that feels right for your family
  • 8. Housing Some of the most popular areas for foreigners to live in Shanghai are: •  Xintiandi •  Jinqiao •  HongQiao •  Minhang The heart of the city The largest expat community Located in Changning district, with many conveniences and expat friendly Further away, but more green space
  • 9. Diet Moving to China will give you a unique opportunity to experience a mix of Eastern and Western cuisines. There are plenty of Western grocery options You'll find imported foods and organic products at City Shop, and through the plethora of online shops that offer delivery service Many families enjoy mixing their favourites with local staples
  • 10. Transportation •  Traffic jams are commonplace during rush hour, especially in the busy downtown area and overhead highways •  Luckily, alternative forms of transportation in Shanghai are reasonable and affordable
  • 11. Transportation •  Taxis are plentiful in Shanghai and can be a life-saver if you’re in a time crunch. •  But it may be difficult to catch one during rush hour •  Investing in a bicycle or electric scooter is also a quick and easy transportation solution. Be cautious, as drivers in the city are often oblivious or impatient ALWAYS wear a helmet!
  • 12. Daily Life Modern fitness centres Shopping malls Outdoor parks Movie theatres Citywide events and clubs dedicated to promoting friendship Shanghai is full of activities to occupy your spare time Plus the city’s extensive number of restaurants is continuously increasing!
  • 13. The People Common misconception Everyone you meet will be rude, brusque, or trying to rip you off Many Chinese locals view most Westerners as being apathetic and judgemental Truth Chinese people as a whole are kind, respectful, hard working and extremely generous Most Chinese people are excited about meeting foreigners who have an interest in working or living in their country
  • 14. The People •  A good rule of thumb when moving to China: •  Leave any sense of entitlement at home •  Treat everyone you meet with the respect you would offer someone inviting you into their home •  Being enthusiastic and open-minded will prove to others that you are a truly global citizen. This will lead to a network of friends and colleagues made up of expats and Chinese alike that will be invaluable to your life in China and elsewhere after