A Thriving Metropolis Where East Meets West
Often considered to be China’s most sophisticated city, Shanghai is a modern upstart that is characterized by its fascinating mix of East and West. Often referred to as the “City on the Sea,” Shanghai is exotic and commercial, modern and old-fashioned, progressive and regressive - all at the same time.
Shanghai has long been the home of foreigners from all over the world. Following the events of the Opium War, the area was dividing into autonomous concessions that were each separately administered by the British, French and American occupiers. These individual nations each offered Shanghai their own culture, traditions and ways of life and paved the way for Shanghai’s role as home to people from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Today Shanghai attracts expats from all over the world and the total number of foreigners living in the city is forecast to be over 800,000 by the year 2020.
Expat life in Shanghai is never dull. The city offers dizzying skyscrapers, a diverse night scene, endless shopping opportunities and some of the best restaurants in the world.
Don’t be under any disillusions. Settling into life in Shanghai will not be easy. There is Communist bureaucracy, challenges in finding accommodation, language barriers, Chinese traditions and a plethora of other issues that make settling into Shanghai difficult. That’s where we come in. Our guide to living in Shanghai removes the terrifying aspect of relocation by answering all of the questions you have, as well as those you may not have even thought of asking.
Shanghai is a city that is so complex that it often seems to defy feasibility. Let us guide you step-by-step through the maze to a happy life.
Shanghai has a permanent resident population of over 14.57 million, of which 12.21 million live in the urban areas.