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Old 05-06-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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1: As a foreigner, how difficult is it to find a job that does not involve teaching english?
2: As someone coming from small town America, will it be difficult to deal with the poor air quality?
3: Which has more foriegners, Chongqing, or Chengdu?
4: Has there been an increase of foreigners in less known cities?
5: I hear electrical goods are cheap in China, is that true? Where?

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Old 05-06-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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1: As a foreigner, how difficult is it to find a job that does not involve teaching english?
2: As someone coming from small town America, will it be difficult to deal with the poor air quality?
3: Which has more foriegners, Chongqing, or Chengdu?
4: Has there been an increase of foreigners in less known cities?
5: I hear electrical goods are cheap in China, is that true? Where?

Thanks
Do you live in Boston? I was actually born in Sichuan (close to Chengdu and Chongqing) and now am in Boston area.

To answer your questions:
1. What skills do you have? What is your background?
2. Chengdu is more polluted than Chongqing, but it's far from unbearable. Both cities are EXTREMELY GLOOMY though, more so than London and Seattle. You may feel depressed in winter. Summers are nice though.
3. Chengdu has a US consulate, so there are definitely more Americans. Chengdu has more universities than Chongqing, too. Chongqing has more manufacturing plants and there are some foreign expats.
4. Yes, but not much. Nanchong City (not far from either Chengdu or Chongqing) has some westerners and Indians too, because there are several universities including a medical college.
5. Some electronic devices are actually more expensive in China due to taxes. For example, iPhones are more expensive in China. However most things are cheaper. Every Chinese city has malls and stores where you can find anything you need.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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Do you live in Boston? I was actually born in Sichuan (close to Chengdu and Chongqing) and now am in Boston area.
I was born and raised in Boston, out in Texas for college now.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:30 PM
 
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1: As a foreigner, how difficult is it to find a job that does not involve teaching english?
2: As someone coming from small town America, will it be difficult to deal with the poor air quality?
3: Which has more foriegners, Chongqing, or Chengdu?
4: Has there been an increase of foreigners in less known cities?
5: I hear electrical goods are cheap in China, is that true? Where?

Thanks
1. I would say depend on you background, but I still say the easiest job to find there is to be English teacher.

2. If you want to be out of poor air quality I would rather say to try to stay away from big cities.

3. Chengdu.

4. I am not sure about this. But I don't think could be much, maybe a few.

5. Those cheap stuffs are often made by unknown factories, my suggestion is to stay away from those cheap stuff and buy the brandname if you plan to use for more than a month.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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5. Some electronic devices are actually more expensive in China due to taxes. For example, iPhones are more expensive in China. However most things are cheaper. Every Chinese city has malls and stores where you can find anything you need.
Although iPhones are very expensive in China, one can buy a smartphone quite cheaply in China as there are many Chinese brand smartphones that are not available in the USA. One can even can even get a reasonably priced Samsung smartphone in China.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:02 AM
 
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Although iPhones are very expensive in China, one can buy a smartphone quite cheaply in China as there are many Chinese brand smartphones that are not available in the USA. One can even can even get a reasonably priced Samsung smartphone in China.
I use Huawei even in the US lol.
AT&T purchased Huawei phones and renamed them as "AT&T Fusion Phones" so Americans will not feel "guilty" for buying made-in-China. However Huawei announced that they gave up the US market because the US government simply does not let them in.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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1: As a foreigner, how difficult is it to find a job that does not involve teaching english?
2: As someone coming from small town America, will it be difficult to deal with the poor air quality?
3: Which has more foriegners, Chongqing, or Chengdu?
4: Has there been an increase of foreigners in less known cities?
5: I hear electrical goods are cheap in China, is that true? Where?

Thanks
I spend about four months each year in China since 1999.

1. Yes, it is difficult unless you have ITS skills.
2. I mostly stay in Shanghai and the air quality seems fine to me. However when I visit Beijing, I notice the air pollution.
3. Chongqing and Chengdu both have many foreigners, but I guess that Chongqing has more due to it being more of an international business hub.
4. Yes. Then years ago, visiting a small city was a very strange experience because most people would stop and stare. Now, it is very uncommon to have that experience as it is now nothing special to see foreigners.
5. No, electrical goods are generally not cheap. Laptops are a little bit more expensive in China. However most types of cables and batteries are cheap.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:03 AM
 
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I use Huawei even in the US lol.
AT&T purchased Huawei phones and renamed them as "AT&T Fusion Phones" so Americans will not feel "guilty" for buying made-in-China. However Huawei announced that they gave up the US market because the US government simply does not let them in.
Yes, I also read that Huawei has stopped trying to get into the American market. From what I have been told one can buy a Chinese brand smartphone (that is not available in the USA) and be able to use it in the USA or other places.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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If you want a reasonably priced electrons go to Hong Kong (also great Aussi restaurants) or Shanghai.. Most of the major electronic brands on the mainland are knock offs. As far as pollution goes Beijing is bad with auto exhaust but the worst city on account of the pollution I have been to was Urumqi in the northwest. The cold dust in the air makes the snow black in the winter and most people have to wear a mask.
I liked Chenghu because its not so polluted and the shopping is very good.

There are jobs for a well trained aircraft techs if you don't mind having someone breathing down your back all the time. A lot of Americans and Australian work in that field especially in Guangzhou (Canton).
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:22 AM
 
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I've been to Chongqing and it was the most polluted city I've ever been to. Probably like how Manchester or London was 150 years ago. I think I'd pick Chengdu.
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