Shanghai, China

Getting Started in Shanghai, China

 

Country: China

Currency: rmb (also called yuan)

Working Holiday Visa:
China has very strict laws regarding working while in the country. You must get the proper visa in order to permitted to work legally. If not and you are caught, you risk deportation and other charges.

China Work Visa (Z Visa)
China Tier Work Permits Explained
Chinese Embassy Visa Page
Step By Step Application for Chinese Work Permit

Accommodation:
Fortunately, the expat community in Shanghai is huge so you’ll be in good company. These websites will help guide you toward how to find proper accommodations during your lengthy stay in China.

Accommodations in Shanghai by Expatarrivals
Internations: Finding a Place to Live in Shanghai (and other awesome expat tips)
Best Places to Live in Shanghai
Youth Hostels Listings Shanghai

Job Directories:
Looking for a job in Shanghai? The demand for teaching English in Shanghai is huge. You don’t even need to be a teacher wherever you come from to do it. You simply need a 4-year degree in any field (though education is preferred) and no criminal record. You’ll also need to get the right visa. But even if you don’t want to teach, plenty of other fantastic jobs are available for expats if you know where to look. Start here!
Smart Shanghai Job Board
AngloInfo Headhunter-Style Job Search
Expat Jobs in China
Recruitment Agencies in Shanghai
Laowai Career Job Search

Cost of Living:
Shanghai isn’t a cheap city, but it’s a great one. Here’s some information on the cost of living in Shanghai.
Cost of Living in Shanghai
Cost Calculator with Currency Conversions

Travel Jobs and Work Exchanges:
Find hosts to live with or work exchanges in China!
Work Away Hosts and Organizations
Worldpackers China
Some Student Exchange Programs in China
Study Abroad in China
Internships in China