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.
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.
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.
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.