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Worth to move to Shanghai?

Worth to move to Shanghai?

Postby EvHa » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:21 pm

Hey guys,
I'm thinking about signing a three years contact and move to Shanghai.
Don't know about costs and lifestyle possibilities so far - so would be great to hear your experiences.
Is it easy to get connected? How much money do you in average spend a month for your freetime activities (with an average clubbing and drinking behavior), how about sports, socializing etc etc etc. How many years do you already stay there and when is the city starting to freak you out? How much longer are you planning to stay and why...
You see, any opinion would be great, every advice helpful :-)

Thanks a lot and maybe see ya soon.

Evelyn
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Re: Worth to move to Shanghai?

Postby Moonlighting » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:57 pm

What's nice about Shanghai, is that it has a bit of everything. If you want to live dirt cheap, you can. If you want to spend money, that's no problem.

You can choose which part of the city to live, where to spend time, and what kind of people you want to be around.

It's very international.
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Re: Worth to move to Shanghai?

Postby blackhatdude » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:35 am

EvHa wrote:Hey guys,
I'm thinking about signing a three years contact and move to Shanghai.
Don't know about costs and lifestyle possibilities so far - so would be great to hear your experiences.
Is it easy to get connected? How much money do you in average spend a month for your freetime activities (with an average clubbing and drinking behavior), how about sports, socializing etc etc etc. How many years do you already stay there and when is the city starting to freak you out? How much longer are you planning to stay and why...
You see, any opinion would be great, every advice helpful :-)

Thanks a lot and maybe see ya soon.

Evelyn


Three years is a long time. You'll probably love it the first year, like it less the second, and loathe it the third, like most people. Shanghai people are not friendly and typically don't want foreigners in their city, so don't expect much of a welcome. On the plus side, most of it will be over your head anyway until you learn Chinese. As far as expenses go, you can get a nice-ish one bedroom apartment in Xujiahui for 6000+ RMB. Of course the higher you go the nicer it gets (or the better the landlord is at tricking you). Groceries are pretty cheap unless you want to eat brand foods from home. The metro is 4-10 RMB depending on where you're going. Taxis are 14 RMB and climb steadily but fairly. Buses are dirt cheap but horribly crowded. Getting connected is really easy. Internet accessibility and affordability is very good and the WeChat app is an excellent platform upon which to meet people (actually you could download it now and start chatting with people to get a feel for what you're getting into). Good luck!
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Re: Worth to move to Shanghai?

Postby Adrienne » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:17 pm

Blackhatdude has given you a great run down on costs. Areas to consider with cheaper apartments in downtown area for expat singles/couples are Nth Jing An, Sth Xu Jia Hui, parts of Changning and Century Park area in Pudong. There's other areas as well but these are a good start due to convenience and social life.

All the best. :D

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