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ExpatWoman guide to moving to China

ExpatWoman guide to moving to China

Living in China

China is a very big and busy country that’s bustling with activity at any time, day or night, winter and summer. China has a large population and only hires expats for positions that are quite specialised or to run the many international corporations that have offices and factories in the megalopolis. If you are one of these expats we have some great information to get you started.F


Features on China


Essential Expat Item: A Healthy Amount of Patience

Meet Lily Akpuaka-Bosse, the expat who became a behaviour coach seven countries later while living in China. "About 4 years ago I had two things I really wanted to do 1. See China and 2. Setup a eCoaching business, time ticked on and as ideas pickled in my head – then one day, just like magic, my husband came home from work to say he got offered a job in China; so here I am 1.Exploring China 2. Running an eCoaching business."

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Shanghai world Financial CenterSettling in Shanghai?

Whether its Sharm-el-sheikh or its Shangri-la settling in to a new city can be an overwhelming. When this city comes with a population over 20 million strong, a history over 700 years long and a name that is a synonym for ‘tricking, kidnapping or coercing someone onto a ship for compulsory service’ then it’s only sensible to temper excitement with a healthy amount of regard - Welcome to Shanghai.

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Chinese WRITTINGWords and Phrases to Help You Learn Chinese

When you speak to a Chinese person in their native tongue, you go a long way toward putting them at ease.  Before travelling to an area in China, it is a good idea to learn essential Chinese conversational words and phrases.  Here are a few basic words and phrases you are sure to encounter frequently in your travels. 

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Top Ten Tourist Attractions

New or moving to Shanghai? We know there's so much to see and do so we've put together our 'favourites' list of the best things to do. Whether you're a resident  entertaining visitors, or even a tourist yourself, you'll be able to pull together a fabulous itinerary using our guide to Shanghai's iconic and top attractions. 

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Expat Clubs

American Women's Club of Shanghai
The AWCS is a social non-profit club focused on enriching women's lives while living in Shanghai. The Club supports social functions such as monthly luncheons and coffees, cultural day tours and evening events as well as soft fundraising for local community outreach groups in Shanghai.
Email: membership@acshanghai.org
Website: www.awcshanghai.org
Australian Association of Hong Kong
Provides a forum for like-minded people, with an interest in Australia, to come together and to establish friendships and networks through social activities.
Address: Unit 11A, Shelley Court, 21, Shelley St, Midlevels. Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2530 4461
Fax: +852 3020 0194
Email: membership@ozhongkong.com
Website: www.ozhongkong.com
AWA (American Women's Association) of Hong Kong
Founded in 1956 as a non-profit, charitable organisation. As a voluntary organisation of women, we support Hong Kong charities and schools through community service and monetary grants while also providing educational and social activities for our members.
Address: Office No 5, 11th Floor, Arion Commercial Centre, No 2-12 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong (Nearest MTR Station Exit: Sheung Wan A2)
Tel: +852 2527 2961/2
Fax: +852 2865 7737
Email: info@awa.org.hk
FB: www.facebook.com/awahk
Website: www.awa.org.hk
Chengdu International Women's Club
A non-profit organisation focused on enriching women's lives while living in Chengdu, China. Offers a wide variety of regular social activities including monthly luncheons, coffee mornings and nights out, as well as special events. There are also many groups within CIWC including a book group, crafter's group, tennis club and play group for those with young children.
Email: chengduiwc@gmail.com
Website: www.chengduiwc.org
Chongqing Expat Club
For foreigners living in or coming to Chongqing.
Email: info@cqexpat.com
Website: www.cqexpat.com
Community Centre Shanghai
The mission of Community Centre Shanghai is to build community among expatriates living in Shanghai so that families and individuals maximise their potential both as citizens living abroad and as residents of and contributors to Shanghai and the People's Republic of China.
Website: www.communitycenter.cn
Guangzhou Women's International Club
The purpose of the organisation shall be to promote social and cultural exchange between the women of the Guangzhou Expatriate Community through meetings, activities & charity contributions in the spirit of mutual understanding and friendship. Activities shall be non-political and non-profit. GWIC Membership shall be extended to women holding a non-PRC passport or whose husband holds a non-PRC. Proof of Foreign Citizenship is required.
Email: gwic.webmaster@gmail.com
Website: gwic.org
International Newcomers Club
A network for newcomers in Beijing.
Email: contactus@innbeijing.org
Website: www.innbeijing.com
Ni Hao Neighbours in Donguan, China
Whether newcomers need assistance finding their way around, help in locating a familiar brand of shampoo or just a friendly chat over coffee, one of the "Ni Hao Neighbours" is always ready to lend a hand.
Email: nihaoneighbors@nihaoneighbors.com
Website: www.nihaoneighbors.com
YWCA English-Speaking Members Department
We have been a vibrant, unique and non-profit resource for expatriates and English-speakers living in Hong Kong for over 60 years.
Address: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 3476 1340
Fax: 3476 1346
Email: clle@ywca.org.hk
FB: www.facebook.com/YWCA.CLLE
Website: www.esmdywca.org.hk

International Schools 


Western Academy of Beijing
The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is a leading international IB World school located in the cultural capital of one of the world's oldest and now most dynamic cultures, China. Founded in 1994, the school prides itself on its world-class facilities, highly qualified teachers, global curriculum, warm and supportive environment, and service-oriented culture. We provide a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among our 1,500 students with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.”
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: 10 Lai Guang Ying Dong Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 5986 5588
Email: wabinfo@wab.edu
Website: www.wab.edu
Beijing BISS International School
Beijing BISS International School was founded in 1994 by its sister school, ISS International School in Singapore, as an independent proprietary, co-educational, English-language day school offering an international curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 students from the expatriate community of Beijing. The 11,000 square meter campus is conveniently located near major expatriate residential areas in central Beijing, located just of the North of Third Ring Road, close to the Olympic Games Village.
Curriculum: International Curriculum Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12
Address: No. 17, Area 4, An Zhen Xi Li, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +8610 6443 3151
Fax: +8610 6443 3156
Email: admissions@biss.com.cn
Website: www.biss.com.cn
Yew Chung International School of Beijing
YCIS Beijing offers an international curriculum which, while maintaining a standard of academic excellence, promotes bilingualism, creative expression, individual growth and a spirit of service to the community. We offer an education which combines the best of Eastern and Western pedagogy and philosophy which results in students who are renowned for their academic ability, strong character and global outlook. YCIS Beijing provides a bilingual learning environment with our Co-Teachers and Co-Principals supporting our students as they grow into multilingual global citizens.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +8610 8585 1878
Fax: +8610 8583 2734
Email: enquiry@bj.ycef.com
Website: www.ycis-bj.com
Eton International School (Montessori) Beijing
The Etonkids Educational Group is a collaboration of experts in the fields of education, research, and school management established by alumni of Harvard and Northwestern universities, with representatives of international Montessori organisations. 
Address: 10 Dongfeng South Road (East section), Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: + 86 10 56812666
Website: www.etonkids.com
The International Montessori School of Beijing
The International Montessori School of Beijing is a non-profit organisation fully registered with the Chinese Ministry of Education Beijing Education Bureau. It has been in existence for over 20 years. MSB is an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which represents over 6,000 Montessori schools worldwide and oversees the MACTE Montessori educational standards on an international level.
Curriculum: Chinese
Address: Building No. 8, A No. 2, Xiang Jiang Bei Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing
Tel: +8610 6432 8228
Fax: + 8610 6432 8728
Email: admissions@msb.edu.cn
Website: www.msb.edu.cn
The International School of Beijing
The International School of Beijing offers an academically rigorous, balanced, and engaging learning environment, enriched by being in China and strengthened by collaboration with parents and external partnerships.  We cultivate inspirational and creative opportunities to develop each student’s unique potential.  We nurture confidence and intellectual curiosity through experiential learning and innovative applications of knowledge and skills.
Curriculum: ISB Curriculum
Address: No. 10, An Hua Street, Shunyi District, Beijing
Tel: +86 (10) 8149-2345
Email: info@isb.bj.edu.cn
Website: www.isb.bj.edu.cn

Utahloy School Guangzhou
Utahloy International School was founded in 1998 and is located on the edge of a beautiful lake, nestled into forested hillsides Utahloy is only 20 minutes from the centre of Guangzhou. Utahloy International School provides a co-educational, international, English language learning environment for students from K - 12 from more than 870 expatriate students who represent over 50 nationalities. High academic standards, a diverse curriculum and a clear focus on the moral, intellectual, physical and emotional development of students are central to the UISGZ experience.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: 800 Sha Tai Bei Road, Bai Yun District, 510515 Guangzhou
Tel: +86 (20) 8720 2019
Fax: +86 (20) 8704 4296
Email: uis@utahloy.com
Website: www.utahloy.com
American International School of Guangzhou
AISG is an independent coeducational day school offering a full educational program from Preschool to Grade 12, divided between Preschool, Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) and High School (Grades 9 to 12). The 180-day academic year comprises two semesters, from mid-August to early June.
Curriculum: American
Address: Ke Xiang Lu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangzhou
Tel: +8620 8735 3392
Fax: +8620 8735 3339
Email: zzhou@aisgz.org
Website: www.aisgz.org
Chengdu EtonHouse International School
International School in Chengdu, Sichuan that aims to provide quality education in a multi-cultural environment where teaching and learning are joyful experiences.
 Website: www.etonhouse.com.sg

Chengdu International School
Chengdu International School provides a quality college-preparatory education for international students in Chengdu. Our goal is to prepare students to realize their full potential in academics, character, truth, and service – in order to meet the challenges of an ever-increasingly complex multicultural world.
Address: 68 Tong Gui Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Tel: + 028 6517 5228
Email: admissions@cdischina.com
Website: www.iscchengdu.org
Léman International School
LIS-Chengdu is a premier international school in southwestern China, currently serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 10 and will add Grades 11 and 12 in the future.
Address: G213 National Road, Da'an Village Zhengxing County, Shuangliu Township, Chengdu
Tel: + 86 (0) 28 6703 8650
Fax: + 86 (0) 28 6703 8630
Email: Admissions@lis-chengdu.com
Website: www.lis-chengdu.com
Meishi Chengdu International School
Established in 1994, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) is dedicated to advancing the quality of education and sustainable development through accreditation. CITA accredits more than 30,000 public and private educational institutions in 100 countries, touching over 10 million students.
Address: #1340, Tianfu Ave. Middle Section, Chengdu, Sichuan
Tel: + 86 028 85330968
Fax: +86 028 85330073
Email: soffice@meishischool.com
Website: http://en.meishischool.com/
QSI International School of Chengdu
QSI International School of Chengdu, is a private non-profit institution that opened in August of 2002 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: #188 Nan 3 Duan, 3rd Ring Road, American Garden, Chengdu
Tel: +86 28 8511 3853
Fax: +86 28 8519 8393
Email: chengdu@qsi.org
Website: qsi.org

QSI International School of Dongguan
QSI International School of Dongguan, is a private non-profit institution that opened in August of 2004 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: 2nd Floor, Block A2 Dong Cheng Centre, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province
Tel: +86 769 2230 0131
Fax: +86 769 2230 0130
Email: dongguan@qsi.org
Website: qsi.org

QSI International School of Shekou
QSI International School of Shenzhen-Shekou, is a private non-profit institution that opened in August of 2001 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: 5th Floor, Bitao Building, 8 Tai Zi Road, Shekou, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Tel: +86 755 2667 6031
Fax: + 86 755 2667 6030
Email: shekou@qsi.org
Website: qsi.org
QSI International School of Zhuhai
QSI International School of Zhuhai is a private, non-profit 2 year-old through 17 year-old co-educational, college preparatory institution. QSI International School of Zhuhai was founded in 1999 in order to provide a quality education for expatriates living in Zhuhai, China. Parents of our students are primarily employed by international business and diplomatic missions. It is a highly mobile community.
Curriculum: International Curriculum
Address: No. 168 Anning Road, Xianzhou District, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong
Tel: + 86 756 815 6134
Fax: + 86 756 818 9031
Email: zhuhai@qsi.org
Website: qsi.org

Suzhou Singapore International School
Suzhou Singapore International School is a fully authorized IB World School catering for 2-18 year olds, located in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. SSIS offers the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme along with a German curriculum for students in Grade 1 to 4 and a half day program for 2-3 year olds with the Little Dragons class. The common language at SSIS is English, the school's primary language.
Curriculum: German
Address: 208 Zhong Nan Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu
Tel: +86 (0) 512 6258 0388
Fax: +86 (0) 512 6258 6388
Email: information@ssis-suzhou.net
Website: www.ssis-suzhou.net
Yew Chung Education Foundation
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) is renowned for offering one of the most progressive programmes of international education in China. As the first international school officially recognised by and registered with the Chinese government, it is considered one of the leading international schools in Shanghai. The school's unique bilingual and multicultural approach to education is recognised globally, and sets the school apart from others.
Curriculum: IGCSE

Email: enquiry@sh.ycef.com
Website: www.ycis-sh.com

Gubei Campus: Tel: (+86 21) 2226 7666
18 West Rong Hua Road (near South Shui Cheng Road),
Gubei New Area, Puxi,
Shanghai 201103, P.R.C.

Hongqiao Campus: Tel: (+86 21) 2226 7666
11 Shui Cheng Road (near Hongqiao Road),
Puxi, Shanghai 200336, P.R.C.

Regency Park Campus: Tel:  (+86-21) 2226 7666
1817 Hua Mu Road (near Fang Dian Road),
Pudong, Shanghai 201204, P.R.C.

Century Park Campus: Tel: (+86 21) 2226 7666
1433 Dong Xiu Road (near Jin He Road),
Pudong, Shanghai 200127, P.R.C.

Local News in English

China Digital Times
China Digital Times (CDT) is an independent, bilingual media organisation that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world.
Website: chinadigitaltimes.net
China Daily
From print to digital media, from China to the Americas, Europe, Africa and the rest of Asia, the China Daily Group, with 16 print publications, is an authoritative provider of information, analysis, comment and entertainment for global readers with a special focus on China.
Website: www.chinadaily.com.cn/
People's Daily Online
Empowered by no less than 70 bureaus home and abroad, it publishes news the moment they take place to global Internet users covering politics, economy, society and culture around the clock.
Website: english.peopledaily.com.cn

Country Information 

Location: Asia
Capital City: Beijing
Other Important Cities: Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai,
Shenzhen, Xiamen Xi'an, Zhuhai,
Currency: Renminbi ('People's Money') (Y)
Language: Mandarin and Cantonese
Calling Code: 86
Internet TLD:    
Electricity: 220V 50Hz.
Emergency Numbers:   
  • Ambulance: 120
  • Fire: 119
  • Police: 110

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Nationals from most countries including the US and the EU have to obtain a visa to enter China. Applications are coursed through a Chinese embassy or consulate, including regional offices of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There are different visas available to expats:

Tourist Visas, or L visa, is valid for 90 days. It requires proof of itinerary, invitation letter, proof of finances and a return ticket.

Vist Visas, or F visa, is valid for up to 30 days, multiple-entry for up to 24 months is also available. This type of visa is solely for non-commercial visits like conferences etc.

Student Visas, or X visa, come in two types: Less than 180 days stay, and more than 180 days stay.

Business visa or M visa is valid for up to 30 days. Multiple entry visa valid for 6 to 12 months is available for expats who have obtained the M visa more than twice and have proof of investment or business in China.

Work visa or Z visa, is for expats who wish to stay for more than 6 months to take up employment. The applicant will have to produce the following documents, apart from the general requirements:
  • Confirmation letter or invitation by Chinese employer
  • Physical examination record
Expats are advised to seek immigration assistance in China as the regulations and procedures are complex to wade through; each locality will have a varying set, so it’s important to have someone knowledgeable to help with the paperwork.

Work permits are different from work visas. The permit allows the holder to remain in the China to work. Expats will have to enter the country under a Z visa first. The application is done from within the country. They will have to live within the same location of the company they will work under. And they will need to go through a medical examination. There will be cases where a criminal record check is required, but this is mostly in major cities. Work permits are applied for by the Chinese employer at the local Labor Bureau.

Aside from work permits, expats will have to obtain a residence permit. Upon arrival, they will have to complete the Temporary Residence Registration form at a local police station, or at select hotels. For those staying with a Chinese resident, local or foreigner, will have to register at a Public Security Bureau within their location.

Documents required:
  • Passport and other personal identification/documents
  • Fingerprint and biometrics
  • Health certificate


China’s massive geographical size guarantees expats a wide range of accommodations that will suit their requirements. The range however starts from cheap, tiny living space to expensive, spacious units. Rental prices vary depending on the state of the property and the location; proximity to amenities almost always means a higher price; these units are in the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Units are also either furnished or unfurnished. Expats accustomed to housing standards in the west will find that in China it is quite different. Rental price range is broad starting from $350 to $635 per month for a single bedroom unit; while larger, more spacious ones start from $750 to $1,390 per month.

Expats on a budget resort to shared accommodations, which are cheap and relatively easy to find. Another option is homestays, where they rent a room with a Chinese family. Web-forums and internet searches are a treasure trove for this type of accommodation.

It’s important that expats know the language or at least have a guide who can help with searching for accommodations. Real estate agencies are plenty in the country, and expats are likely to find ones with English-speaking staff. Rental contracts are valid for a year and renewable, with a 2 month security deposit. Advance payment is to be expected. It is more customary to pay in cash, but in some cases, a bank transfer from a local Chinese bank is accepted.

Expat population is much larger in the main cities of Beijing and Shanghai. The capital Beijing is headquarters to big corporations and international players, who in turn have employed a number of foreign professionals. Focused in the eastern part of the city, expat communities settle in the districts of Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Shunyi.
Foreign embassies, international schools and companies make Chaoyang a multicultural location. The residential area of Chaoyang Park features high-quality units which is relatively close to work places and offices yet far enough to escape the city rush. For younger expats, Sanlitun is home; the lively nightlife and modern amenities are attractive features.

Bridging the traditional and modern, Dongcheng district is a good location to have a sense of Chinese heritage through history and architecture. Dongzhimen is popular among expat families; the large public transportation system helps facilitate the travel in an otherwise busy road network.

The Shunyi district is a high-end location with luxury villas and compounds. There are a number of International schools in this part of Beijing. Outdoor space, shopping complexes, restaurants are situated here, however it’s necessary to have a personal car to travel around.

The commercial centre, Shanghai, also plays host to foreign expats. Skilled workforce in areas of finance, business, education and technology are made up of both locals and expat professionals. The city is divided into Pudong and Puxi districts.

Pudong is a financial hub featuring stock exchanges and commercial establishments. Lujiazui area houses foreign and local banks. There are residential compounds that are well-managed and complete with convenient amenities. Ideal for families, Jinqiao features villa compounds and apartments; it is also conveniently close to the Pudong Airport.

Expats living in Puxi enjoy easy access to restaurants, schools and clinics, as well as entertainment establishments. Home to a significant expat community, Changning area has several schools in its vicinity, coupled with transport facilities. Another residential area fit for families with children is Mihang. This new neighbourhood boasts of quality educational institutions and medium to high-end residential compounds and villas. The public transport here is efficient and can take residents to and from places conveniently. 

Driving License

China is not part of the international convention that allows bi-lateral agreements in licenses; an international license is therefore not recognised. Expats on short-term stay and have a valid domestic license may acquire a Temporary Driving Permit, which is valid for up to 90 days. This is applied for at the Public Security Bureau or the Traffic Management Office. Applicants will have to attend lessons and pass a theory and practical exam. Similarly, legal residents must obtain a Permanent Driving Permit from the same authorities. Documents for both temporary and permanent are the same.

Documents required:
  • Valid passport and copies of ID page and visa pages
  • Residence Permit/Visa
  • Domestic license and copy
  • Medical examination report
  • Four passport photos
  • Processing fee

All these documents must be translated and certified before submission.


Public and private medical care is available in China. A country this vast means that quality will vary from place to place. Public healthcare, in some areas are adequate, while some are inconsistent and poor in quality. The language barrier and the lineup is what turn expats off to seek private institutions, which are expensive. Currently, the public sector has come up with international wings that cater to expatriates, for lower cost than private ones. This is very new to China, so these international wings can be found in major cities.

The private facilities are high-standard and staff are English-speakers. The prices however can double that of public medical care. Private health insurance is sought after by expats. While the situation may be worrying, employment contracts usually come with healthcare benefits that ease the burden on expat workers.
Insurance Companies

Bupa Global is one of the world's leading international medical insurers, offering flexible health cover to individuals and businesses across 190 countries.
Website: http://www.bupa-intl.com/broker/china-health-insurance
American Medical Centre Hongqiao
The American Medical Centre (AMC) was founded with the mission to bring the highest American standards of healthcare to Shanghai. AMC provides comprehensive orthopaedic care for all bone, joint, and soft tissue injuries, as well as internal medicine, paediatrics, preventive medicine, pain management, physical therapy, and medical imaging services.
Address: 888 Tian Lin Road(1 East), Shanghai, 200233, China
Tel: +86 21 6485 7333
Website: http://amc-shanghai.com/
Body & Soul Medical Clinic
Body & Soul – Medical Clinics offer an integrative approach to health by combining Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Western medicine.
Address: 14F, Anji Plaza, 760 Xizang Road South, Huangpu District, Shanghai, 200011, China
Tel: +86 21 5101 9262
Fax: +86 21 5101 9278
Website: http://tcm-shanghai.com/
Can Am International Medical Centre Shanghai
Guangzhou CanAm International Medical Centre is the first and only Chinese government officially approved foreign joint venture medical centre currently operating in Guangzhou and serving the expatiate community. It adopts international medical standards for its services and performance.
Address: 4/F, Pudong Shangrila Hotel, 33 FuCheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 100023, China
Tel: +86 21 5882 5202
Website: http://canamhealthcare.com/
Global Healthcare Medical & Dental Centre (Pudong)
Global HealthCare (GHC) is a medical & dental centre operated by international doctors and dentists from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan. Specialists are available in Cardiology, Urology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, General Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Dentistry, Clinical Psychology, Nutrition and more.
Address: Shanghai World Financial Centre, Shop 212, 100 Century Avenue, PuDong New Area, Shanghai, 200120, China
Tel: +86 21 6877 5093
Fax: +86 21 6877 5393
Website: http://ghcchina.com/
Global Healthcare Medical & Dental Centre (Puxi)
Global HealthCare (GHC) is a medical & dental centre operated by international doctors and dentists from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan. Specialists are available in Cardiology, Urology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, General Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Dentistry, Clinical Psychology, Nutrition and more.
Address: ECO City, Suite 303, 1788 Nanjing West Road, Jing An District, Shanghai, 200040, China
Tel: +86 21 5298 6339
Fax: +86 21 5298 6993
Website: http://ghcchina.com/
Huashan Pudong Hospital International Division - Managed by UFH
Endorsed by the World Health Organisation, JCI awards quality accreditation to only the highest echelon of healthcare providers in the world. The select hospitals which meet JCI standards measure up to top American and European hospitals in terms of patient care and safety.
Address: Ground Floor, Area A&B, 525 Hong Feng Road, Jin qiao, Pudong, Shanghai, 201206, China
Tel: +86 21 5030 9907
Fax: +86 21 5030 9932
Website: http://shanghai.ufh.com.cn/
Raffles Medical Shanghai
Raffles Medical Group (RMG) is a leading medical group and the largest private group practice in Singapore. As a fully integrated healthcare organisation, the Group owns and operates a network of family medicine clinics, a tertiary care private hospital, insurance services and a consumer healthcare division. Patients of the Group enjoy a continuum of care, from having their most basic healthcare needs met through the Group’s islandwide network of Raffles Medical clinics, to specialist and tertiary care at Raffles Hospital.
Address: Level 2, 1801 Hongmei Road, Innov Tower, Xuhui District, Shanghai, 200233, China
Tel: +86 21 6197 2300
Website: http://rafflesmedicalgroup.com/
Oasis International Hospital
Healthcare at OASIS is modelled after leading evidence-based practises, setting rigorous standards for our physician qualifications, infection-controlled environments, medical technology, and delivery of care. International guests can count on friendly multilingual service and medical treatments consistent with the high standards of healthcare in their home country.
Address: 9 Jiuxianqiao North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100015, China
Tel: +86 10 5985 0333
Website: http://www.oasishealth.cn/
Shanghai Ruidong Hospital
Established in 1998, Shanghai Ruidong Hospital is a general hospital located in the heart of Pudong New Area on Jinxiu East Road and Luoshan Road, next to Green Hills Housing compend.
Address: No.120 East Jinxiu Rd, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 200135. China
Tel: +86 21 5833 9046
Fax: +86 21 5833 9595
Website: http://ruidong-hospital.com/en/
St. John's Health Clinic
St.John's Health Clinic is known as the first 5-star executive health centre in Shanghai with 4,500 square meters elegant-designed environment. St. John's has a full set of pioneered medical equipments and provides state-of-the-art services with unique features including Analgesic Gastroenteroscopy, m-RNA Gene Analysis, MRI Systemic Imaging Cancer Screen, Medical Test of Anti-aging Function, Medical Cosmetology, Dentistry, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine.
Address: No. 4, Lane 398, Dapu Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, 200023, China
Tel: +86 21 5302 9922
Fax: +86 21 6304 6710
Website: http://www.hrch.nhs.uk/our-services/clinics-health-centres/st-johns-health-centre/
WA Optimum Health Care
Originating in 1990, WA Health Care of WA Regenerative Medicine Group brings together the world's leading medical doctors, professors and scientists in the fields of antiaging me dicine, functional medicine, regenerative medicine, and anti-agingcosmetic medicine. The WA team of medical experts comes from China, USA, Switzerland and South Korea and are graduates and researchers of the world's leading academic institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Fudan and Cambridge universities.
Address: Villa 5, XingGuo Estate, 78 XingGuo Road, Shanghai, 200052, China
Tel: +86 21 6210 0060
Fax: +86 21 6212 8210
Website: http://www.waohc.com/
WorldPath Clinic International
WorldPath Clinic International, is a comprehensive multi-specialty clinic, conveniently located in Pudong's financial district. It was founded in 2009 through a partnership of physicians and healthcare professionals in both China and the United States.
Address: No.399,Nan Quan Road North, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 200120, China
Tel: +86 21 2020 7888
Fax: +86 21 2020 7999
Website: http://worldpathclinic.com/en.php
Shanghai American-Sino Ob/Gyn Services
Address: 12 Wulumuqi Zhong Road, 14th Floor, Shanghai, 200040, China
Tel: +86 21 6210 2299
Fax: +86 21 6225 9392
Website (Chinese): http://americanobgyn.com/
Bayley and Jackson Medical Centre
Address: 7 Ritan East Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 8562 9998
Beijing Hospital
Address: 1 Dahua Rd, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 6513 2266
Website: http://english.bjhmoh.cn/
Beijing 21st Century Hospital
Address: 1-2F 21st Century Plaza,No.40 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100025, China
Tel: +86 10 8444 6168
Fax: +86 10 8444 6178
Beijing Amcare Women's & Children's Hospital
Address: No. 9 Fangyuan West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100016, China
Tel: +86 400 10000 16
Fax: +86 10 6434 2410
Website (Chinese): http://www.amcare.com.cn/
Beijing New Century International Children's Hospital
Address: 56 Nan Lishi Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100045, China
Tel: +86 10 6804 3705
Fax: +86 10 6802 7884
Website (Chinese): http://www.ncich.com.cn/
Beijing Oriental American-Sino Hospital
Address: 218 Xiaoguan Bei Li, Anwai, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China
Tel: +86 10 6496 8888
Fax: +86 10 6498 2626
Website (Chinese): http://asog-beijing.com/
Peking union Medical Hospital Clinic
Address: 41 Damucang Hutong, Xicheng, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 6529 6114
Tiantan Puhua Hospital
Address: 12 Tiantan Nanli, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 6703 5566
International Medical Centre IMC
Address: 5106, 1/F, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liang­maqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 


Learn about Krysia  who travelled to Beijing and is now sharing her top tips of what to do in this traditional city.

Three years ago I visited Hong Kong and had one of the best city breaks ever. I came back to Dubai determined to visit more of China and this year we made a big trip to the mainland taking in both Beijing and Shanghai.
Beijing was first on the list for all the sightseeing opportunities the Capital city affords. We did a lot of research before we travelled and finally chose an organised tour to be our guide. I wouldn’t normally bother with an organised tour as I much prefer to discover a city myself at my own pace however, Beijing is not an easy city to navigate and there’s so much to see and do. We were only there for 3 days so to make the best use of time and to see as much as possible I booked a two day tour.

Day 1 was Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City in the morning and in the afternoon a tour of the Hutongs (literally meaning ‘alley’ but it refers to traditional living areas in Beijing) and a visit to the Temple of Heaven.
Seeing Tianánmen Square was breath taking. The sheer scale of the buildings and the eerie sense of standing in a place where momentous events in history have taken place was profoundly moving. The Forbidden City is incredible to see and learning about Chinese Imperial history was fascinating. Our guide told us the Chinese theory that the immensely popular ‘Game of Thrones’ is actually based on Chinese History with the story of the character Cersei mirroring that of Cixi, the last Empress of China.
I enjoyed seeing a traditional family way of life in the hutongs although my western self struggled to reconcile the idea of still not having a toilet or bathroom in the house in 2015. It was a good reminder of why travel is so important; to open your mind to differences in culture and life.
The Temple of Heaven is a beautiful building, rising majestically on a marble stone platform, it consists of three, triple gabled, wooden circles built without the use of nails. The temple was used historically to offer sacrifices to heaven by the Emperor in order to ensure a good harvest for the coming year.

Day 2 was a visit to the Great Wall in the morning and the Summer Palace in the afternoon.

the great wall of china
The Great Wall stretches approximately 8850 km (although there is some debate on the surveys undertaken) from east to west China and, whilst the fact that it can be seen from space is now widely known to be a myth, it surely ranks as one of the most remarkable man made structures in the world.

A visit to the Summer Palace in the afternoon was very welcome after the hard work of climbing the Wall. The palace is vast and covers an area of over 740 acres encompassing a wide lake, beautiful green spaces and many traditional buildings, bridges, pavilions and towers. One of the classic features of the Summer Palace is the aptly named Long Corridor which stretches 728 metres and links several parts of the palace together under one covered gallery.

summer palace china
I had done a lot of research prior to our trip to China and one thing that particularly interested me was where to eat. After numerous Internet searches and Facebook connections with friends of friends of friends we made our selection. Somewhere to eat the best Peking Duck was top of the list and we chose Duck De Chine. We weren’t disappointed. The restaurant was housed in a cool artistic space and the duck was divine. I would have happily eaten here every night.
I would also recommend TRB or Temple Restaurant Beijing. TRB is located in a hutong, out of the way a little off the beaten track. It’s attached to an art gallery (sensing a theme here!) and serves high end, modern international food. Lost Heaven (no website) is actually a Shanghai restaurant that has opened a branch in Beijing. It serves cuisine from the Yúnnán Province which was quite unlike anything I’ve eaten before. The spices and delicate flavour are worlds apart from the traditional sichaun or cantonese food we’re used to eating when we think of Chinese food.
Our hotel in Beijing was fabulous, probably one of the best city hotels we’ve ever stayed in. We chose the Rosewood Beijing, after having such a good experience at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, and were not disappointed. The service, style and luxury of this hotel are all exemplary and would suit even the most discerning of travellers.

If you are planning to visit China, Beijing should be high on the itinerary. To really understand Chinese culture you need to understand the history and there is no better place to start than the Capital city.

Krysia McKechnie is a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger. She is originally from the UK but has lived in Dubai since 2010 and is an avid lover of travel, food and shopping. 


Learn about Krysia who travelled to Shanghai and shares her top tips of what to do in this cosmopolitan city.

After 3 very busy days in Beijing we took the bullet train south to Shanghai. I was very excited to see what it would feel like travelling at over 300km/hour however, I’m sad to report it feels much like any other train. You can’t really tell you’re going as fast as you are however; it is a lot smoother than the rickety trains in the UK!
bullet train China
Shanghai is the financial centre of China and grew up alongside the Huangpu River enabling ease of trade with the rest of the country and internationally. The Bund is the famed promenade that runs alongside the river lined with grand colonial buildings. Every evening the Bund is busy with tourists and local’s alike taking an evening stroll and gazing at the neon lights of Pudong.

pudong in china

 Shanghai immediately felt different to Beijing. For a start there was visibly less pollution and considerably less traffic. It’s still very busy as cities always are however; Beijing was off the scale in terms of traffic jams so it was nice to be in a city where you can get from A to B in a car in less than an hour. We didn’t book a tour in Shanghai as I felt that it was a city that was more navigable than Beijing and I really wanted to explore it by ourselves. On our first full day we took a leisurely breakfast in the gorgeous lobby of our hotel – more of that later – and then ventured out to see what the ‘Paris of the East’ had to offer.

Shanghai city
Our ever helpful concierge pointed out several points of interest on the map and we headed out on foot towards East Nanjing Road. This is probably the main shopping street in Shanghai although there are several other malls and shopping areas. On Nanjing road you will find all the major high street stores as well as several Chinese brands that we hadn’t heard of before. I liked this aspect of Shanghai, everywhere we went we found shops and items we weren’t familiar with which is so rare these days. High streets the world over are beginning to resemble each other due to the rise in globalisation so it was a refreshing change to see something completely new.

In the afternoon we headed to the famous Din Tai Fung for lunch as no visit to Shanghai is complete without tasting the soup dumpling or xiaolong bao. The fact that the best example of Shanghai food comes from a Taiwan chain restaurant is strange but something you just have to accept when it comes to eating in Shanghai. We had a brief wander around Yu Garden and the accompanying Tourist Mart. It was great for nick knack shopping and my cupboards are now well and truly stocked with some beautiful, fragrant teas.

Walking along the Bund was an absolute joy. We don’t get to do much walking in Dubai so every time we travel I take the opportunity to walk as much as possible. The stunning views of Pudong on one side and the historic buildings on the other made for a delightful stroll back to the hotel.
The Bund Shahnghai
The next day we took the metro over to Pudong and explored the malls. This section of our travel was earmarked for some retail therapy so we enjoyed browsing the unfamiliar shops in Super Brand Mall and the more familiar ones in the IFC Mall. We also went up the Shanghai World Financial Centre building. It’s worth a visit for the views of the city however, we used to very tall buildings in Dubai so the height wasn’t the most impressive thing.

world trade centre Shanghai
After such a busy few days we treated ourselves to a morning in the gorgeous pool of the hotel and then afternoon tea at the Peace Hotel. The Peace Hotel was originally known as the Cathay Hotel and opened in 1929. It’s an integral part of Shanghai history and has some of the best examples of original Art Deco in the city. 

On our final day we visited the former French Concession which houses some of the coolest bars and restaurants in Shanghai as well as the colonial Tudor mansions and the tree lined avenues that make this area so unique. Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang are immensely popular shopping and nightlife areas. I adored the shops in Tian Zi Fang and the small boutiques on the roads between the two, I could easily have spent the whole trip browsing and shopping in these stores.

Our hotel in Shanghai was stunning. We stayed at the Peninsula hotel and I felt like I had stepped through the looking glass and arrived in the 1930’s. It was hard to believe the hotel was only 5 years old, the art deco details were so well executed the look was flawless. Service was beyond exceptional here, we were upgraded to a River suite and also on arrival were treated to my favourite thing – in room check in! One of the most incredibly aspects of the hotel was the outside bar, the view over the Bund and Pudong was just awe inspiring. If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram picture it doesn’t get much better than this!
best view in Shanghai

The best two dinners we had in the city were Mr and Mrs Bund which was modern European food and Mercato by Jean-Georges, also European style but less formal. Mr & Mrs Bund was a real treat, fantastic food combined with an awesome Bund view. The restaurant hosted a Bingo evening after dinner service which was slightly bizarre although nonetheless very enjoyable.

Shanghai was one of our all-time favourite cities to visit. We enjoyed our time here immensely and would even consider a relocation once we decide we’ve had enough of our beloved Dubai. If you’re not tempted by Beijing, consider Shanghai and Hong Kong together, they complement each other perfectly.
Krysia McKechnie is a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger. She is originally from the UK but has lived in Dubai since 2010 and is an avid lover of travel, food and shopping. 

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