Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moving to Wuhan

Today we look at moving to Wuhan in China from Bangui in Central African Republic. 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 Wuhan people speak Mandarin Chinese. In Bangui people speak French and Sangho (lingua franca).

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in central China. Bangui is the capital of and the largest city in the Central African Republic.
Wuhan is an important center for economy, trade, finance, transportation, information technology, and education in Central China. Its major industries includes optic-electronic, automobile manufacturing, steel manufacturing, new pharmaceutical sector, biology engineering, new materials industry and environmental protection. Wuhan has over one third of French investment in China, the most among Chinese cities. Bangui serves as an administrative, trade, and commercial center.

The overall cost of living rank in Wuhan is 222 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Bangui to Wuhan will experience a change in cost of living of -27.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Wuhan is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Bangui with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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