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TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work

TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work

If you want to move to China, you should firstly put a thought in which city you want to live. There are a lot of amazing places in China that have a unique character and distinct advantages and disadvantages. So if you want to move to China, and you are still not certain where you want to live and work, here is a list of the top cities in China of our choice. 


Just 30 years ago Shenzhen was a simple fishing village until the government decided that it is a special economic zone, and the industry boomed. Now Shenzhen is one of the most influential cities in China and the world. 

Shenzhen gathers people from all over the country and the world. With a population of more than 12 million people, Shenzhen borders Hong Kong and has excellent links with Guangzhou (1 hour via high-speed train). 

If you move to Shenzhen, you will see that it offers a very international lifestyle, with excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs. Also, the streets, parks and buildings were all designed by international architects to bring together architecture from all over the world.

Working in Shenzhen is hard, with high demands but the work offers even higher rewards. In Shenzhen, you will find China’s many of the highest-paid workers, so it’s no wonder that everybody wants to come and work there.



If you go here, you will find a place unlike any other in China. With a long history of foreign contact, Guangzhou was settled by Portuguese traders in the 1500’s and was known as the Canton. In recent years, it is considered that Guangzhou has lost a little of its international and globalized atmosphere when compared with other large cities. 

The city is still full of foreign merchants and traders as it is part of the enormous Pearl River Delta production and manufacturing region. The city has a warm weather the whole year, but sometimes the humidity is a little bit too much to handle. You will be able to easily find work here, especially if you like challenges. 

There are a lot of restaurants and pubs in Guangzhou, and you can easily find wild and crazy local dishes that are available only in this area. Foreigners like to say that Guangzhou is the Chinese version of the American deep south (but it’s a large city). 

If you move to Guangzhou, you will find that the language mostly used is Cantonese. And although Mandarin is the primary language of business and education, Cantonese is still used heavily by the old folks. 



Shanghai is considered China’s business capital and the gateway to the rest of the world. Expats who live anywhere else in China and come to visit or move here are astonished. You can move to Shanghai and live here for years without having to speak any Chinese or talk with Chinese people, but we recommend you to practice your Mandarin skills that will come in handy if you want to get a job. The good part is that in Shanghai you will be able to easily find a job, if you have graphic design skills or a master in engineering. 

Shanghai is the most dynamic city in China and one of the most interesting in the world. It is full of restaurants, clubs and all sorts of small businesses that make the city as attractive as can be. With an abundant nightlife and excellent job opportunities, Shanghai is a city that has a low cost of living for what it has to offer. 

In addition, Shanghai provides a culture of more than 4000 years, and there are a lot of unique places near it, such as The Jade Buddha Temple, Longhua Temple and Pagoda, the ancient water town Zhouzhuang and many others.



Beijing is a well-known city that tends to attract a particular class of foreigners. You can find some of NGO’s and government & diplomacy jobs here. Beijing is also more laid-back than any other big city in China, such as Shanghai or Guangzhou. Life in Beijing just seems much slower, more relaxed and more traditional. You will find a lot of dive bars and small restaurants where you will be able to unwind after work.  And if you are still learning the language, this is the perfect place for you. Beijing is the number one city to learn Mandarin because it’s the native language of the locals. You will also be able to find a lot of Mandarin programs. 

Beijing is a city with an incredible history and art scene. Also, you can discover a lot of wonderful places to visit and relax near Beijing, such as The Great Wall, The Ming Tombs, The Fragrant Hills and many others.

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