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Feb 7, 2021

In this episode Hope asks Chris about living the Chinese family life as a married man in a Chinese third tier city. We have spoken a lot about expat life in Shanghai, which is a total outlier by China standards in terms of its lifestyle and prices, so we decided to focus some more attention on life in a third tier city. Chris gives his insights on assimilating into his Chinese extended family, and dealing with the education system for his children.

Show Notes:

  • Chris talks about moving his family from Shanghai to Zhangjiagang, a city of ~1 million, which is small by China’s standards.
  • The pros and cons of living in a third tier city like Zhangjiagang, compared to Shanghai - cost savings vs. inconveniences.
  • Being fully involved in a Chinese extended family.
  • Tips for assimilating into the Chinese extended family initially - how to overcome the communication and cultural barriers, and how does Chris get on with his in-laws and brother-in-law?
  • Kids’ education in China’s third tier cities, public vs. private schools.
  • Daycare for Chris’ daughter in Zhangjiagang.
  • Citizenship selection dilemma for a mixed baby born in China - Chinese citizenship first and foreign citizenship later, or foreign citizenship from the start?

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