1) Bring enough money.
Shanghai can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. The median income is about 5000rmb a month, but renting a flat can cost you considerably more. The same goes for food. You could spend 50rmb a day on meals or spend 300rmb per meal. You won’t really know how much you will have to spend until getting here and paychecks only come once a month so you should have a comfortable buffer of cash to see you through the first weeks.
If you plan to rent your own flat you should bring the equivalent of 20,000rmb and if you plan to look for shared accommodation you can make do with less.
2) If you’ll need a credit card, bring one with you.
Credit is not international. It is dependent on the country or region you live in. Therefore, if you have a great credit score in the US, it doesn’t mean you have credit anywhere else. In China, you have none. So, if you think you might want to use a credit card during your time in Shanghai,bring the one you already have.
3) Bring originals of all official documents you may need: Degree, Certificates, Criminal Record Check, etc.
Don’t forget vital official document in their home country. This causes a big headache as your work permit cannot be converted to the residence permit which entitles you to live and work in China without them.
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