Monday, July 25, 2011

Moving to Beijing

Today we look at moving to Beijing in China from Yaounde in Cameroon. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Beijing people speak Mandarin and Chinese. In Yaounde people speak French, English, and the languages of Bantu, Semi-Bantu and Sudanic groups.

Beijing is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People's Republic of China. Yaounde is the capital city of Cameroon and second largest city in the country after Douala.
Beijing is amongst the most developed cities in China with tertiary industry accounting for 73.2% of its GDP. Finance is one of the most important industries of Beijing. Beijing is home to 26 Fortune Global 500 companies, the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris. Major industries in Yaounde include tobacco, dairy products, breweries, clay, glass goods, and lumber. It is also a regional distribution center for coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber.

The overall cost of living rank in Beijing is 121 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Yaounde to Beijing will experience a change in cost of living of -7.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Beijing is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Yaounde.

Source: as at July 2011.

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