The New Shanghai.

By Mark Andrews

Transitions Abroad (USA). Jan/Feb 2008

An expatriate’s perspective on living and working in China’s largest city.

Which do you think would be the easiest city to live in…Tokyo, Seoul, or Shanghai? My reply of Shanghai might surprise you. Having lived in all three cities for periods of over 18 months, Shanghai scores high for quality of life, cost, and survivability.

On my first visit to Shanghai in 2000, while I was living in Tokyo, I was unimpressed. At the time the buzz was that Shanghai was the new Hong Kong and only about 20 years behind. I found it to be a great canvas with little paint on it.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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