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Guide for expatriates in Beijing

12 May, 2011 11:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Expat guide: Beijing, ChinaWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Beijing.

Beijing is uneclipsed in it's majesty, mystery, and magnificence. For centuries the city stood out as a leading civilization, paving the way in arts, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, and sciences. Paper, gunpowder, the compass and printing (both block and movable type) are Chinese inventions. Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and is still known in some places by it's other name: Peking. No matter what you call it, it is one few cities that has served as the political and cultural capital of an empire as vast as the People's Republic of China for as long as Beijing has.

Chosen as the host of the 2008 Olympic Games, the city again brought up feelings of enthusiasm for this unique capital and reservations about the country's qualifications and human rights standards. Whatever one thinks about the government's policies, Beijing is the home of some of the world's finest palaces, richest cultural sites, and most divine temples.

Beijing is amongst the most developed cities in China. It was the first post industrial city in mainland China. It's contribution to the country's industry accounts for 73.2 percent of the total GDP. In 2010, Beijing's nominal GDP reached 1.37 trillion RMB. Its per capita GDP was 78,194 RMB.

It's major industry is Finance. This sector accounts for 13.8 percent of Beijing's GDP. The city is home to 26 Fortune Global 500 companies, the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris. Real estate and automobile sales have also been important financial markets.


You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Beijing and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...

You can also discuss and share experience in China in our forum.

Last but not least, you can download the full guide (link on the left column of each guide) in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.


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