Life in China

Experience the the culturally rich and diverse China. It has it all, from bizarre cuisine to unbelievable landscapes. Find a topic and see what you are in for.

Housing

There are three basic types of apartments for rent in China: service apartments, newly built and old-style apartments. Prices for rent vary from location to location.
1. Service apartments are similar to hotels in that they offer maid service and western-style amenities. The rental price is 4000-8000 RMB per month.
2. Apartments in newly built communities are a very good choice since they offer good views, safety and brand new units. The price is often less than that for the service apartments at about 3000 to 6000 RMB per month.
3. Old style apartment buildings offer the lowest prices out of the 3 options. The buildings are typically 6 stories with no elevator. Great exercise! Rent starts around 2000 RMB per month. Rent is usually paid two to three months at a time with a one time one month security deposit.

Transport

1. Even the big cities have large bike lanes separating the peddlers from the motorized vehicles. Biking is usually the perfect pace for exploring a new place—fast and efficient, but not closed off from the sounds, sights and smells that make China.
2. Buses are also popular for travel under 12 hours and within cities. On city buses, there is often a conductor who can provide change for tickets, but on more modern buses in big cities you will need exact change (usually in coins).
3. Within city limits cabs are usually cheap, abundant and convenient, but they are not always cars. Taxis can be minibuses, cars, motorcycles, three-wheeled bikes or occasionally horse-drawn carts or rickshaws. For most of these, fees should be deducted ahead of time and bargaining always applies.
4. The preferred mode of long-distance travel in China is by train and if you want a memorable Chinese experience, ride a train. Overnight trains have four options for accommodation: hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper. Traveling by train across the entire country is possible, but not recommended in one stint (the trip from Shanghai to Lhasa for instance takes 53 hours).
5. Air travel is becoming more and more popular with shorter legs now taking travelers from one domestic destination to the next quickly and cheaply. China is adding hundreds of planes and dozens of airports to its system every year. Get cheap flights using these airlines:

Health

1. The emergency is number – 120
2. Kid Castle provides comprehensive health cover Gym Membership Some Kid Castle locations have complimentary gym memberships at MOB.

Communication

If you have a dual-band or tri-band unlocked GSM phone, you can use it in China. You can purchase a SIM card in China; this will give you a Chinese number and you can purchase top-up cards at different values (RMB50~RMB500). We recommend the following networks
1. China Mobile
2. China Unicom

Recreation

In China’s major cities, the nightlife is rich with fun and local color and you are sure to find something to your liking.

Bars

Whether you are a jazz fan, or you are looking for the blues, nightlife in China is colorful enough to satisfy all your needs. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other major cities are practically bristling with all types of bars and clubs. Those bars and clubs may stay open until 2 or 3 in the morning or even go from dusk to dawn. Outdoor music festivals are sometimes held in summer. Bars and nightclubs in Shanghai are the most diverse and lively. Amid flashing lights and video projections, your sense of what is normal in Shanghai will be challenged.

Karaoke

Karaoke, a favorite, involves sitting in a private room in front of a TV with 3 to 10 friends. All you need is a songbook, a microphone and drinks. It is the most popular form of entertainment in Guangzhou, especially for Chinese businessmen in search of relaxation and recreation. Nightlife in China is a perfect way to enrich your understanding of the Chinese people.

Sports

Spectator sports constitute an important part of the nightlife in China. In large cities, public sports competitions, international matches and demonstrations are held frequently. The most popular sports in China are soccer, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, ice hockey and gymnastics. Plus, the traditional Chinese sport of “Wushu” (martial arts) and “Yingqigong”, in which special breathing techniques enable athletes to perform amazing feats of strength and stamina.

Food

There is an old Chinese saying, “food is the No. 1 necessity of the people”. Dining out has become quite common among foreigners and Chinese alike. In many cities, open air night snack markets are open all year round. There, visitors will not only see how some Chinese enjoy their evenings, but also taste many typical Chinese snacks including wantons, tea soup (cha tang), mutton skewers and fried glutinous rice cakes.