Life of Foreigners in China
China: A Magnet to Foreigners
Foreigners living as well as working in China are mostly found in cosmopolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Most of the time foreigners prefer to take language classes from a foreign teacher, prefer food dishes cooked only by foreign chefs, seek a foreign beauty therapist only at beauty salons, or may even sometimes enjoy performances by foreign artists.
Today, a majority of foreigners have also come to China on the lookout for exclusive job opportunities facilitating brilliant perks and job satisfaction in the booming economy. All this coupled with the vivacity of regular life boosts one to stay in China. As per the recent statistics, over 60,000 foreigners have been granted work permits in China.
Many of them have been directly approached by Chinese companies to work in the areas of management, marketing, production, finance, education and catering business. Mostly foreigners arrive from across the world from over 90 countries, including Japan, USA, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Germany, and most of the foreign workers are living and working in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. After the China has recently become the member of WTO, more foreigners are willing to work here.
Foreigners consider China as a healthy place to work, where the monthly income of high-ranking management people in international companies is not less than USD 100,000 plus the taxes are payable on such income. But foreigners do not find any limitations to tax payments as such.
Many scholars believe that foreign workers indicate a major contribution towards Chinas increased overall strength. With further development in Chinas booming economy, this phenomenon is expected to accelerate resulting into supply of foreigners exceeding the demand thereon. Recently, around 16,000 foreigners and about 5,000 compatriots from cities like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao have been given work permits in Beijing, while 85% of these foreign workers have obtained positions of senior and intermediate levels.
The employment sector in China is experiencing major changes in response to the increasing number of foreign employees in varied fields such as catering, hotel management, culture, entertainment and IT. Foreign workers can also be helpful in a way that they can keep a track of changes taking place in the rest of the world and China.
Even for shopping in China, foreigners can always use their international credit cards in major hotels, guest houses and departmental stores, like Master Card, Visa Card, American Express, Diners Card, etc.
With the introduction of green card system in China, foreigners can now also enjoy a freer life in China in terms of shopping, accommodation, travelling and immigration purposes, and do not require visas anymore.
Europeans in China
In modern China, the Chinese considers all the European intruders as ruthless and brutal, for their cruel acts in China, including the looting and damaging of the royal summer garden of the Qing Dynasty and the Yuanming Landscape Gardens in the city of Beijing instances of the most barbarous atrocities.
At the same time, China admired the accomplishments of the modern European civilization for its attempts to learn from the West in the later years. Right from 1870s, several students were sent to Central Europe, Japan and the United States by the central government and local communities.
During the period of constant civil wars (1911-1937) and Japanese attack (1931-1945), students studying in Europe found themselves perplexed between the Western learning and the reality of perilous political state of China. Later when Europe brought prosperity in with its appropriate use of natural resources, China realised the need to be industrially strong too.
Chinese felt a need to learn modern science and technology from Europeans, but could not implement it much because of its isolation from the West for three decades. Western literature and art were also given serious encouragement. The theme of Chinas association with the West at government level was contention and cooperation and the European countries were perceived as multi-dimensional and classy.
The open policy in China helped them interact more with Westerners and access the European culture. Though being admirable, Europe was still confusing and unsettling for the Chinese.
China believes that western industrial nations are not relatively strong politically and economically as compared to the US after the Second World War and therefore, China will gradually emerge out as a strong economy and will be handling world affairs majorly in the next century.
Over the past two decades, the Chinese have also seen admiring ancient and modern European civilization, art, literature, science and technology, living, education, health care, transportation, landscape, social welfare and philosophy. The Chinese teenagers are believed to be more fascinated towards American things, such as computer games, sports, fast food, NBA stars and so on., while the middle aged and elderly admire European culture the most.
However, post-industrialisation period has also brought certain problems in Europe such as high unemployment rate, pollution, drug addiction, AIDS, divorce, racial discrimination, ageing population, etc. major cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have a strong passion for European classical music and arts. Today, the modern China views the European continent as rich in cultural heritage, regardless of past difficulties and current problems.