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Living in Shenzhen, China:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Shenzhen, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked two people living in Shenzhen what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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Business visas aren’t of much use last time I looked. Options:

You’ll need a work permit that gives you a residence visa for one year, renewable. Officially available only up to 60 years of age, the limit is waived for senior personnel. As the CEO of a British-owned company, I have received renewals up to now, and I am in my 80th year. Alternatively, a Chinese spouse for which you can apply for a family visa, one to five years renewable (Married Residency proper takes five years). I have done the first and am now moving on to the second. For most people, Hong Kong is still a simple option. U.K. passport holders get a six-month stay, and all you have to do is take a day trip to Macau, and the clock restarts at zero. I also have a retirement visa for the Philippines, which is probably the cheapest option around. It starts from just a $10,000 deposit if you have a decent pension. You can include your spouse in it. However, the Philippine bureaucracy is far too annoying; it just makes me want to scream, which is why I am switching to Malaysia. Sarawak is the cheapest option.

Despite being one of the top economic cities in China, Shenzhen is only 40 years old. Before the arrival of skyscrapers and big businesses, it was a small fishing village. Although the main language of Guangdong, the province that Shenzhen is in, is Cantonese, the main language of Shenzhen is Mandarin.

Angela, says: 2020

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