Morale among expats:

Low when the pollution is bad. Over the moon happy when the sky is blue. - Jun 2013


Outwardly: high. Actually: medium-low to "get me out of here!" I think most people come to Beijing with excitement and high expectations, as China is "the place to be" in terms of economic, political, climate and energy issues, and so on. But they soon discover the reality of living here, where every little thing is a battle -- communicating, shopping, getting around, or even just getting someone to fix something in your residence. People maintain a positive outward show, but in private everyone gripes about their most recent experience. - Aug 2011


Depends on the expat. Some people are amazed every day that they are here, some can't wait to leave. Sometimes it's the same people and a different day of the week. - Jan 2011


Some are miserable. Some wouldn't think of leaving because they love it here. It's a challenging place, and some people can't rise to the challenge. Surround yourself with enthusiastic, adventurous types and you'll be fine. - Apr 2010


Generally good, with some irritation at the vagaries of daily life! - Jan 2010


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