What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

It is impossible to truly prepare for Beijing until you’ve lived here. And even after you’ve lived here, it’s still impossible to truly understand the place. - Aug 2020


The internet will frustrate you even more than you expect. The air quality may not be as bad as you expect. Traveling in the region is more expensive and time-consuming than you probably think. Weekend trips to Thailand are not really an option. You may want to consider Guangzhou if you're hoping to hop around Southeast Asia for frequent vacations. Otherwise, plan to generally take week-long vacations out Beijing. - Jul 2020


gGeat place to live and work, but with real challenges too. You'll earn the hardship, but it will be a fun ride too. - May 2020


How difficult it is to feel as though I'm being watched or listened to all the time. - Nov 2019


How bad the traffic is and how long a 10 mile commute is. Give yourself an hour to get anywhere. More if it is further than 10 miles. This country is not cheap or easy to travel around. - Oct 2017


The air is bad. We all know that, but, it's serious. - Dec 2015


Level of Chinese required and the inconvenience of the traffic. - Apr 2015


Perhaps because of our lack of language, perhaps because of a more insular culture, it has been very hard to socialize with Chinese families. - Jul 2014


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