City guide China keeping active Shanghai for expat — Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in China. It has a permanent resident population of 23,019,200, of which 12.21 million live in the urban areas.
Shanghai, Hu for short, also known as Shen, is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. It has a humid subtropical climate, China’s most international city with nearly 150,000 foreign residents.
According to an Expat, “the nicest community for expats in Shanghai are Gubei west of the river and Jinqiao east of the river.
“Gubei is nicer because everything’s right there, and Jinqiao is where you want to be if you want a nice house and wide open spaces. But fat lot of good that does you if it takes an eternity to get to work.”
Shanghai available local food in a not so fancy Chinese-style restaurants would usually cost around 6 USD per person with additional cost for the drink. If you would like to live cheaply, you can ‘rough it’ like many locals and foreign students do by eating at a small ‘mian guan’ or a ‘tan’ for dinner for 1.50-2.50 USD.
According to a report, an increase of 6.7% rise in expat population,”The number of foreign citizens living in Shanghai exceeded 173,000 by the end of last year, a 6.7 percent increase compared to 2011, officials said yesterday.”
China began to allow foreign citizens in 2004 to gain permanent residence and acquire “Green Card” in Shanghai. And to better serve foreign residents in the city, the bureau, along with neighborhood committees, last year launched five Foreign Service Centers in the Hongqiao area and Zizhu industrial zone of Minhang District, according to China.org.cn report.