Top websites to visit before you move to Shanghai

Top websites to visit before you move to Shanghai

19th July, 2013

As more and more expats head for China in general and Shanghai in particular, I thought it would be useful to take a look at the best websites for insights into this amazing city, from education to culture, work to real estate and everything in between.

Founded way back in 1291, Shanghai is a truly global city with considerable influence on the world’s commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion and technology. It boasts the busiest container port in the world, is home to more than 23 million people and sits right at the mouth of the vast Yangtze River Delta in Eastern China.


As well as a commercial powerhouse the city is also a prime international tourist destination well known and loved for its remarkable historical landmarks as well as its beautiful Lujiazui skyline, the so-called showpiece of mainland China’s booming economy.

Working in Shanghai

The respected international job agency Michael Page has created an excellent resource for people who think they might like to live and work in Shanghai.  The internations organization has also released at expats guide to Shanghai, here, and the Enter Shanghai website looks at genuine expat views of life in the planet’s biggest city.

Shanghai realty

The Phoenix Property Agency is a great source of insight and information about home purchase, office rental and home rental. As is the Red Dragon Property agency, lease and sale specialists since 2002. And there’s plenty of fascinating and very useful information straight from the horse’s mouth, written by a local lawyer, about the ins and outs of property purchase, here.

Shanghai Expat

The Shanghai expat pages are an excellent source of reliable information including a handy FAQs page, split into various subjects; living in Shanghai, leisure, the language, working there, finding things, people, the city itself and specific information for expats.

Expat education in Shanghai

There are a number of international schools in Shanghai and increasing numbers of small international schools set up to support increasing numbers of expats in China. Some are tailored to specific nations, others accept all nationalities of children. Compared to many places, the cost of international school education is high, with $25,000 US dollars a year not uncommon. Luckily foreigners are allowed to send their children to local Chinese school these days, some of which have special departments catering to expats’ needs. You can find out more here on the Shanghai family site.

Shanghai highlights

You’ll find out everything you need to know about the social and cultural side of life in the city here; the best attractions, all about transport, activities, dining, nightlife, festivals, culture, industry, geography and more.


If you’d like to preview the city in all its glory, YouTube contains a vast collection of fantastic video footage about the city, its people and surroundings, perfect for getting a real-life grip on the way the city looks and feels.

Travel CNN

The respected news organization has created a bunch of excellent tips about things you didn’t know about the city, the second in a series well worth exploring for unusual, quirky and fascinating facts about your potential new home. Head for Travel CNN to find out more.

Shanghai weather

How do you like your weather? There are full details, including graphs, about the city’s pleasant climate and four distinct seasons here, on the Travel China Guide site.

Shopping in Shanghai

Time Out has put together a comprehensive list of the 50 best places to shop ‘til you drop in the city.

Explore our expat country guides

Would you like to know more about the fine details of expat living in China? We produce specific Country Guides each month, full of details to help you make the most of your exciting new life. Or why not download our free eBook, The New Expat? It goes into detail about the medical side of expat life, family matters, accommodation, financial arrangements and more.

Join the conversation

What is your favourite website covering expat life in Shanghai? If you already live there, what are the best or worst bits about living in the city? You can leave a comment below or connect with us on Twitter: @now_health or on the Now Health Facebook page so we can share them with our readers.


Image source: thepathtraveler

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Alison Massey

Group Marketing Director

Now Health International

Alison Massey is a 15-year digital marketing veteran, who has spent the last seven years using social media to help expats and soon to be expats find out what to expect from a life overseas. An expat living in Hong Kong herself, Alison is the Group Marketing Director of Now Health, the award-winning international health insurance provider.

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