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How to Apply for a Credit Card in China

How to Apply for a Credit Card in ChinaAre you interested in getting a Chinese credit card in Chengdu? You are probably used to using credit cards back home but in China, you don’t use them anymore because of the

Chengdu Indoor Swimming Pools

Summer is upon us and the weather in Chengdu is already reaching the steamy heights of 35 degrees. Although ducking into 7/eleven and opening their fridge doors sounds appealing, there are better alternatives… There is no shortage of swimming pools

Top 10 Apps You Can’t Live Without in China

Turbocharge your experience in China by adding these apps to your arsenal.

WeChat: The Hidden Features

The social media application provides just about every function you can think of.  

Chengdu’s Best WeChat Groups

The top 10 WeChat Groups guaranteed to keep you in the loop in the ‘Du.Love or hate the constant notifications and occasional spamming from WeChat groups, there’s not many of us that could survive in Chengdu without them because some

Sam’s Club – Everything You Need And More

Sam’s Club – Everything You Need And MoreShopping for your favorite brands in China is not easy. Even when you find a trusted product, it can be difficult to ascertain its authenticity. Moreover, the genuine article can be costly, and

Getting Around Chengdu

Chengdu can seem dauntingly large at first with its mammoth size alongside a very copy and paste style of architecture. However as Chengdu has rapidly developed, so has its transportation. Here’s a look at how to cut out all the

How to Bring Your Pet Into China

Travelling across the globe can be a daunting task, so we don’t blame you for wanting to bring your cat or dog along.As of May 1st 2019, there will be a new and speedier method of getting pets into China.

How to Get your Driving License in Chengdu

Foreigners, as well as residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who wish to drive in China, must apply for a driving license within the mainland.

Dog Breed Ban Begins in Chengdu

Updated – 28.01.2019Even if you just landed yesterday, you’re sure to have noticed the abundance of dogs trailing behind their owners. You may have even noticed that some breeds are more popular than others, it being highly rare to see

First 5 apps you need to survive in Chengdu

Moving to Chengdu means saying goodbye to some apps and saying hello to others. Before coming to China you don’t have time to discover all the best apps straight away so we have given a list of the first apps you need to get to survive in Chengdu.

How Do Foreigners Work Legally in China?

China will be implementing a more ‘proactive, open and effective’ policy to attract overseas expertise. Through this new policy, it will hopefully become easier for foreigners to start working here legally.Permits and certificates required to work in ChinaAccording to the

A Guide to Paying Utility Bills in Chengdu

So you’ve finally sorted out your apartment, but you still have to pay your utility bills. Here is how to pay for gas, electricity, water, and management fees in Chengdu.Gas Generally speaking, there are two ways of doing this:1. Pay in

How to Register as a Foreigner at the Local Police Station

 Planning to stay in Chengdu? All foreigners in Chengdu (and throughout China), must register at the local police station within 24 hours after checking in to a rented apartment or house. Also, if your visa is renewed or if you

Guide to the City: ChengduExpat Mini-Program

ChengduExpat+ Mini-ProgramOver the last year, Chengdu Expat has been working towards the exciting launch of our new Mini-Program. The aim of the program is to provide you with up-to-date news, locations, and events for things happening in and around Chengdu.You

Chengdu’s Future Architecture

During the last few decades of development in China, new architectural projects have become synonymous with record-breaking firsts and avant-garde design. From the 28-story Louis Vuitton ‘boot’ in Shanghai to Fuzhou’s Star Trek Enterprise replica, municipal governments and private developers have been commissioning

Why Westerners Love to Hate Baijiu, But Shouldn’t

My first experience trying blue cheese was something to remember. Before then, I would only eat cheese if it was in the form of a pizza topping. The mouldy blue patches and the grainy structure of this ‘new’ cheese I

How To Donate Used Clothes in Chengdu

As the world’s largest producer, consumer, and exporter of textiles, China is responsible for a staggering quantity of textile waste. Every year, families throw away approximately 26 million tons of clothing, and the nation’s accumulation of textile waste amounts to

Live Music in Chengdu

Whilst it forges ahead as the epicenter of Chinese rap music, with thanks to big names like the Higher Brothers  – the underground live music scene is becoming a formidable platform to launch good local artists and draw the attention of foreign indie bands.

Family Healthcare in Chengdu

Family Healthcare in ChengduLiving in China and knowing where best to take your loved ones when they need medical care can be daunting, but there are friendly, reputable and affordable doctors in Chengdu – that specialize in meeting international healthcare