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Whether you are already in Shanghai or on your way, we can answer your questions and put your mind at ease! Ask Us!

Concordia Concierge

skyline of Shanghai in the evening

The Concordia Concierge is here to help you and your family transition into living in Shanghai

Moving to a city as dynamic as Shanghai may prove challenging, but as soon as you've settled down and gathered your bearings you'll begin to live in one of the most exciting cities in China. For those who are thinking about living in Shanghai, our Concierge page is here to serve as a resource to make the transition easier. Below are the answers to the most popular questions we've received from the parents and surrounding communities of our school.

Upon arriving in China and witnessing what, on first take, appears to be random chaos due to the large amount of humanity everywhere, most are surprised to find out that China is a highly regulated place.

For the majority of expats, the affordability of domestic help is a huge plus when moving to Asia. With labour costs being prohibitive at home, many will be experiencing the luxury of having help around the house for the first time.

The history of dogs in China goes back so far that historians can only speculate when they were first introduced, but sufficed to say it’s thousands of years.

Moving to Shanghai is going to be an exciting and life-changing experience, not only for what the city and China have to offer, but also for what all of Asia has to offer. It will also mean annual trips home to see friends and family and dealing with the jet lag that comes with trans oceanic travel. 

For seasoned expats that have moved from one assignment to the next, transitions become a way of life. While it may not seem like it to the uninitiated relocating for the first time, there is a method to the madness of moving your life around the world.

Everyone’s heard culture shock referred to either in passing or in detail. Initially it’s best to understand culture shock as a natural human reaction to any challenging situation - be it physical or mental.

For 8-10 weeks a year, Shanghai has a lovely climate. Bracketing these two 4-5 week islands is a sweltering humid subtropical climate. Read more to learn how to prepare for the changing Shanghai weather.

While it is estimated that approximately 100 million Chinese are fluent in English, that is only about 10% of the population of China and while a fraction of those may be involved in the service or retail industry the vast majority of the people you meet in everyday life will know the word ‘hello’ and little more.

If you are moving to Shanghai on your own, then there is no need to panic.  You are going to be landing in a huge international airport with English signage everywhere it needs to be.

For those with even small amounts entrepreneurial tendencies, moving to China will be fascinating. After that initial fascination wears off a bit and you have a moment to ponder what you are looking at on the street everyday in terms of business, it will change into an intense curiosity about the system and where opportunities may lie. 

What to consider before coming to Shanghai

What to take care of once you arrive

Things to do to get your family settled in

What do you want to know about Shanghai?

Do you have other questions about moving to Shanghai?

When you arrive in Shanghai you’ll discover an engaging and supportive community to help you adjust to your new home. In the meantime, fill out the question form below and let us provide answers that will help put your mind at ease!

Concordia Concierge guide to the city of Shanghai