Your Questions. Answered.
Solutions to Shanghai's most common queries
We looked at some of your most common questions and put together some answers. If there are still points you’re not clear on, ask away in the forums.
Will I be able to drive in Shanghai? Will I be able to get a driver's license?
On getting a driving license:
Article: Safety, Maps, Rentals and Motos
Forums: New Driving License Questions
Forums: Chinese Driver’s License
Can I rent a car/driver?
There are many rental companies in Shanghai,the big companies are Avis and Hertz, but there are other options too.
City Weekend article: Shanghai’s Best Rental Companies
Forums: Rent a Car in Shanghai
What is a good salary/ expat package?
Compare cost of living in different locations worldwide: Expatistan
Expat arrivals guide to salaries and cost of living
Can I bring pets to China:
It is possible to bring pets to China. If you do, make sure you can also bring them back home; laws on importing from China will vary according to your home country.
Information from one of our sponsors: Move your dog to China safely without a quarantine
Forum: Taking a dog out of China
List of pet relocation services with contact information
I wear glasses and contact lenses? Will I be able to find suitable eye-care in Shanghai?
City Weekend article: Blurry Vision: Your Guide to Eye Care in China
Will I be able to find vegetarian food?
Shanghai has some vegetarian options. At Chinese restaurants, finding strict vegetarian options can be difficult. Although some restaurants might have nothing strictly vegetarian, Chinese food is diverse enough to contain plenty of vegetarian choices.
Excellent advice on eating vegetarian in China
List of vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai
Shanghai Expat Article: How to Eat Vegetarian in Shanghai
Shanghai Expat article: Vegetarian Food in Shanghai: The Magnificent Seven
Do I need to speak Chinese to live in Shanghai?
No, but speaking Chinese at a basic level will help in many everyday situations.
Shanghai Expat article: How to Teach Yourself Chinese
Forum discussion: Learning the language
How can I hire an ayi?
Forums: Hiring an ayi
Shanghai Expat article: The Ayi, the Laowai and the French Fry
Is Shanghai family friendly?
This website and magazine deals with family life in Shanghai
Where can I send my kids to school?
Here is a list of international schools in Shanghai:
Shanghai Expat article on the option of sending your kids to local public schools
What are the best international schools and universities?
Shanghai Expat article: Which International School is Best?
This page shows the ranking of all Universities in China. Fudan and Jiaotong universities, ranked third and fifth respectively, are both in Shanghai.
How can I ship things home?
Forums: Ocean shipping: returning home
Can I use Facebook and Twitter in Shanghai?
These sites are blocked in China. Increasingly, Google is also inaccessible. Most foreigners do access them by using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network.
Where can I meet people?
Opportunities to meet people abound. You can join gyms or sports clubs, join pub crawls or come to the
How can I look for a job in Shanghai?
Browse our job section.
Attend our twice yearly job fairs, usually held in May and September. Check our listings page to see if there is an upcoming job fair.
Forums: Job search suggestions