Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Moving to Shenzhen

Today we look at moving to Shenzhen in China from Praia in Cape Verde. 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 Shenzhen people speak Mandarin Chinese. In Praia people speak Portuguese and Crioulo (a mixture of archaic Portuguese and African words).
Shenzhen is a city of sub-provincial administrative status in southern China's Guangdong province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde.
Shenzhen is a major manufacturing centre in China and is home to some of China's most successful high-tech companies. Shenzhen's economic output is ranked fourth among Chinese cities after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Praia is Cape Verde’s largest city, a commercial center, and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry and there are resort beaches nearby.

The overall cost of living rank in Shenzhen is 224 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Praia to Shenzhen will experience a change in cost of living of -14.8%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Shenzhen is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Praia.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.