You’ve holidayed everywhere, from the Middle East to South America to the furthest reaches of the Australian Outback. Now you know enough about yourself, you’ve figured out there’s only one place you can call home – the mysterious region of China.
Indeed, it’s a culture that’s almost entirely alien to western eyes. Modes of respect are held in high esteem, architecture is nearly unrecognisable and grand metropolises rub shoulders with quaint paddy fields. We’re not in the West anymore.
While the difference in cultures might be alienating to some people, it’s undeniably invigorating to many others. And now that China is more open to visitors, why not pack up and live there, or at least have a long break?
But if you are planning on moving to the east, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you make a smooth transition.
Protect your mementoes
You can move your bulky furniture easily. All you need is an international removal delivery company and a wallet full of cash. But what about those mementoes you really value? What If they fell through the cracks, only to be lost forever?
When it comes to smaller items, you can send a parcel to China for a decent price. Price comparison sites are the best way to find the best deals.
The highest quality sites will even give you special features, including first class service, real time tracking and recorded delivery. So be discerning and shop around.
You might think you know all you need to about China from Kung Fu films and the takeaway down the road – but you’re more ignorant than you’d ever realise.
China is a country intent on specific traditions and specific modes of politeness. Just imagine the cultural alienation you’ll receive if you rock up to your new home like a tourist without the slightest clue.
Read as much as you can about Chinese culture and see how you can be as respectful as possible to your new neighbours. After all, respect is tantamount in this culture – do you really want to make the wrong impression?
Know the lingo
Have you ever witnessed an ignorant tourist who expects someone to know what they mean, despite not speaking the same language? It’s like watching a mime take someone hostage.
You don’t want to find yourself caught short when you’re trying to order food or ask for directions. Various mobile apps exist to make you turn you from a linguistic imbecile to a pro. Give them a go!