Moving Out of Shanghai?

Moving Out of Shanghai?

So the time has come to move on. Maybe it’s a job opportunity; family; new family; fed up with internet censorship; or just wanting a change of environment (preferably one that doesn’t need an air quality app to tell you if it’s safe to breathe outdoors). Whatever it is, upheaving the life you’ve established in Shanghai can be overwhelming.

11 Things You Need If You Just Moved to Shanghai

11 Things You Need If You Just Moved to Shanghai

Moving to Shanghai or perhaps you just moved here?

Moving to a foreign place can be daunting, but with so many online resources to prep you, there’s really no reason to be totally lost and confused. More than 170,000 foreigners live in Shanghai (according to Shanghai Stats), with about 3000-9000 new foreigners coming in every year. Shanghai is one of the world’s most international city, you can find anything and everything here, and probably more. With that said, it is always better to be prepared and here’s the essential things you need if you just moved to this Chinese metropolitan giant of Shanghai.

Getting a Supplementary China Mobile Number

Getting a Supplementary China Mobile Number

There are occasions when having a temporary, disposable mobile number in China would be very useful. Househunting, for one, is such an occasion. I no longer want to give property agents my mobile number as they are so persistent with their calls, long after I’d already rented my apartment.

Register Your Electric Scooter in Shanghai

Register Your Electric Scooter in Shanghai

From now till the end of August 2014, get your electric scooter registered before the traffic police fines or confiscates your bike starting 1 September. Regular electric scooters (up to 20km/h) get a permanent license, while the Vespa variations (speeds to around 50km/h) receive a temporary license that will supposedly expire by 2017.

Shouning Road: Xiaolongxia and BBQ

Shouning Road: Xiaolongxia and BBQ

A one-stop greasy spoon to indulge in Xiao Long Xia, other selected seafood and BBQ would be on Shouning Road. Shouning Road is bustling with an entire street of Xiao Long Xia, oysters, scallops, hairy crab (during season), BBQ (mutton, beef, fish, chicken mid-joints, etc.), “longevity noodles” (长寿面), HK desserts, so on and so forth.

Strictly Cookies

Strictly Cookies

Strictly Cookies is the best thing that’s happened to cookie lovers in Shanghai. As the first and only cookie delivery service in Shanghai since 2010, Strictly Cookies has gone all out and bagged home City Weekend’s Editor’s Pick for Best Desserts this year! 

Income Tax for Foreigners in China

Income Tax for Foreigners in China

Personal income tax calculation for foreigners in China changed in 2011. Expats and halfpats in China can refer to the following table and work out the amount of taxes you’ll be deducted monthly.