What is it like to be an Indian living in China?
Andy Lee Chaisiri, actually not from India
Answered Jun 25, 2014
I'm not really sure why, but every Indian man I've met that lives in China has a blonde girlfriend. Those guys also studied in the west (US and Britain) though. So it seems many Indians in China came there after studying in the west, and hang out mostly with western immigrants.
Kirtikumar Sonawane, Software engineer , lived in shanghai for 2 months.
Answered Jan 4, 2016
I lived in Shanghai for 2 months.
Here are few things , I can highlight.
1. Transportation is very suitable here. You will get Bus, Metro, Taxi at cheaper rate.
But you will find heavy rush in peak hours. Avoid Metro in peak hours, or be prepared :)
2. Food : If you are non vegetarian , then you will not have trouble finding food.
Lots of options are available and you will get chance to eat delicious Chinese food (I heard it , but will never get a chance cause I am vegetarian)
3. Cost of living : I realized prices are around 3-4 times costlier than India.
Dairy products are costliest , following fruits and vegetables. meat is comparatively cheaper.
House rents are very high.
4. Shopping : Shanghai is shopping paradise , shopping should not be missed here. Lots of options available, quality wise, and price wise. Few places are must visit.
Qipu lu (Pronounced as "Cheapu lu) : There are many shopping malls , each with about 4-5 stories of shops, all filled with trendy and fashionable made-in-China clothing. You will get thousands of (I can say tens of thousand) densely populated shops stuffed full of cheap and more cheap clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, jackets.
Han City : You will get all the fake stuff here. It does not look like a fake, it is exact replica. For clothing , whichever brand comes into your mind Gucci? D&G? Burberry? everything is available here at amazingly low price. And don't forget to buy leather stuff like purses and jackets. It is of very good quality and cheap.
Caution: Shopping is not simple task here. They will open with huge overrated price first , bargain it to -80% . Be clear what you want. You will find shoppers yelling at you badly. Don't take it personally, take it as fun , take your stand. show them your bargaining skill.
5. Peoples are kind and always help when you ask for any help.
Only problem is English. Adults don't know English but kids can easily speak English.
without knowing English , this guys helped me buying stuff from supermarket.
Such a kind peoples, I will never forget them.
All public places are well maintained and precious area wise.
And be prepared to live without Google , Gmail , Youtube and facebook. Mentioned websites are blocked. And I observed , most of the international web sites loads with very slow speed as compared to Chinese web sites.
Indians shops in Shanghai : I found very few Indian restaurants in Shanghai , and found only one Indian grocery store in Shanghai.
还有，要做好不能用谷歌，Gmail , Youtube 和脸书的准备。
Rahul Ramgopal, An eternally curious Capricornian, software consultant by profession
Answered May 18, 2015
I had visited the city of Shanghai, China in January 2014 for a period of 3 months, working for an onsite software implementation project.
When I landed in the Pudong International Airport and was travelling to my hotel, the first thing that struck my mind was how fabulous the infrastructure was and how it would take many more years for any Indian city to reach such levels of sophistication. We may be doing well in terms of GDP and maybe we are one of the fastest growing economies of the world, but to have a metropolis like a Shanghai or a Beijing , it is going to take us a few more years.
The city is the largest city in the world in terms of population and for me, the overall 3 months stay there was pretty enjoyable. The modes of public transport available there are pretty awesome and all you need to know are numbers (for bus transport), Chinese pronunciation of locations (for cabs) and metro line color (red, green etc for subway rides). At my work location, most of them knew English, and I got pretty close to one Program Manager who explained loads about the Chinese people and culture.