- English use widespread
- International-standard hospitals and clinics
- Local hospitals and clinics
- International schools
- Western-style restaurants
- High-speed train station
- Metro system
- Large expat community
- Opportunities for learning Mandarin
- Shopping malls
- International grocery stores
Shanghai is an exciting, cosmopolitan city with lots of things to do. It has a large expatriate community, making it easy to meet new people and make friends. While use of English is widespread, learning some Mandarin will help you interact with locals.
Shanghai offers the chance to live in one of the most dynamic cities on the planet, where the pace of change gets quicker each day. Despite its vast size, Shanghai is extremely safe making it a popular choice for both families and those without children.
A modern city with a rich history
With a population of more than 24 million, Shanghai offers a fast-paced urban lifestyle. Its ever-growing network of metro lines, bus routes and shared bike facilities make it easy to navigate. The city’s two airport have connections to multiple destinations in China and internationally.
The city combines old and new, often to extreme effect. This is exemplified on either side of the Huangpu River, with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and elegant early 20th century buildings on the other. Different neighborhoods around the city offer different attractions and ways of living, from traditional lane houses to ultramodern luxury serviced apartments.
As China’s most international city, expatriates find Shanghai a comfortable place to live that combines most of the comforts of home with exciting traditional and local culture. While restaurants in Shanghai offer cuisines from almost every country imaginable, one of the great joys of living in the city is the chance to sample local food – xiaolongbao soup dumplings are an especially delicious and well-known local treat.