What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Lots of expats, almost exclusively business or Consulate/embassy-employed. - May 2019


Large business community and a diplomatic community. It's a large U.S. consulate and morale is generally good. They bring in good managers. - Nov 2018


The Consulate is pretty big with lots of first and second tour officers in the Consular section. The other consulates in the area are typically small due to the way they run their non-immigrant visas. Very few of them do interviews so they don't have a lot of personnel. There are lots of major multinationals in Guangzhou and they will be living at your complex. - Nov 2015


Medium-sized, but I think morale is generally okay. Guangzhou isn't Shanghai or Beijing, and the expat community is smaller. Within the Consulate, I think people were generally happy there, and you get good at making your own fun, but China can be an exceptionally frustrating place to live at times, and I think almost everyone had periods when they were particularly down in the dumps. The best thing you can do for yourself when that happens is try to get out regularly, do some traveling and explore Asia a bit. - Aug 2014


Hundreds, or more probably thousands. - May 2013


At the consulate I think there are about 100 families, but because everyone is dispersed throughout the city it can be difficult to meet each other. - Apr 2013


Small to medium. The consulate community tends to hang out together a lot. I haven't met many expats from the private sector. - Jan 2013


The diplomatic community is pretty small. Business, fashion/models is moderate sized. - Oct 2011


Somewhere in the thousands. In addition to the consulate, there are a lot of US and European companies with a presence, and lots and lots of short-term traders. - May 2011


I hear there are about 5000 Americans who live in Guangzhou, although you don't see them during the day. - Jul 2009


Moderate. I'm sure there are a lot of people here, but spread out through a city this size it doesn't really feel like it. - Jan 2009


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