Sunday, November 26, 2006

Seven ways to survive your first weeks in Shanghai

  1. Get a mobile number: SIM-cards are sold in small shops and supermarkers all over the city. You choose your phone number, and buy a prepaid card to fill up your mobile with minutes.
  2. Get a Shanghai Public Transportation Card, which is sold in the metro. The card is rechargeable and can be used in the metro, buses, trains, and taxis.
  3. Find a good mandarin class. Different schools suit different needs, so find the one you prefer by asking around. A highly recommendable supplement is to use the flexibility of your MP3 player and learn Mandarin through chinesepod.com
  4. Visit websites and blogs like shanghaiexpat.com, home.wangjianshuo.com or shanghaiist.com for different types of information and communities.
  5. Pick up a copy of the English newspaper and magazines: China Daily, Shanghai Daily, That's Shanghai, City Weekend.
  6. Visit your country's consulate for general information and to know if there is a national community in Shanghai or a Chamber of Commerce. Networking is important.
  7. Shanghai Call Centre (962288) answers questions on issues of daily life in Shanghai, medical care, sports, trade, culture, and tourist destinations.
Tags: Shanghai, expat, expatriat, survival, life, newspaper,

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