Foreigners live in Beijing for all kinds of different reasons. In China however, work seems to be one of the most heavy ones. This is no surprise however as the economic situation keeps it’s steady pace of improvement, the country is full of opportunities that are no longer possible in the western society.
As work attracts foreigners, unfortunately this move often lacks any other special interest in the country itself. Someone who has arrived to China for the first time will most likely be surprised how this abundance of opportunities comes with several drawbacks. The reason is, that not only the economy but as well as the society is in a developing mode where there is much demand for improvement.
Despite this fact, money will get you around most of the problems. At least temporarily, why many of such Beijing residents don’t consider living in the country permanently. Permanent residence will undoubtedly confront you with many everyday problems.
So you have a nice job at a nice office as well as a nice and nice car. The combination of these three and the nearest fancy shopping mall will provide you with all of life’s needs without having to set foot onto the dirty streets in between. This bubble is a life where you don’t have to mix deeply into the Chinese society, an easy way out for foreigners.
Such houses and work places are equipped with air cleaners to get rid of the pollution problem. The safety of your car and the cleanness of shopping malls will enable you to move around without having to get your hands dirty. This kind of a life is unfortunate however, since one might miss a lot of great things about Beijing. Never bringing home that real experience and tale what China really is.
Beijing Report / Dwayne Peng