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Economic outlay of China

Despite a history of conflict and competition, China and Japan share a contiguous geography and development models. China may also share Japan's economic fate. China now has the world's fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution. Nowadays, China is one of the world's top exporters and is attracting record amounts of foreign investment. In turn, it is investing billions of dollars abroad.

China and Japan both countries use under-valued currencies to provide exporters with a competitive advantage. Exports were promoted at the expense of household income and consumption. As a member of the World Trade Organization, China benefits from access to foreign markets. But relations with trading partners have been strained over China's huge trade surplus and the piracy of goods and encouraged high domestic savings rates, which was used to finance investment. China generated large trade surpluses which were invested overseas, primarily in US government securities, to avoid upward pressure on their currencies and to help finance purchases of their exports. Also used high levels of investment financed domestically to drive economic growth.

China’s Industry Overview

As the above chart helps us in analyzing the distribution of GDP consumption per sector in the economy, students can examine which sector is the most flourishing and this can also help students decide which sector of the economy would they like to get involved in, when considering jobs in the future. Since China is highly flourishing in Manufacturing that’s because they rely on their exports. Before whoever thought China, but now China is the one of the second largest economy and its expanding on a day to day basis.

Cost of living in China

As an international student in China, it’s a memorable and enormously rewarding experience. Not only will you be able to witness first-hand China's historic conversion from an underdeveloped country into a major global power, but you'll meet people from all over the world, too. China has the second largest economy. In Beijing, China's most expensive city, you can live fairly comfortably off of US$15 a day. Renting an apartment costs around US$250-350 a month and a meal at your local noodle joint won't set you back more than a couple of dollars.

Let’s say you have a limited budget, you'll find that the salary from a part-time teaching job can go a long way in China. Also, unless you have your heart set on living in Beijing or Shanghai, don't overlook China's lesser-known cities where you may only have to pay US$150 a month for a ROOM on campus.

Price index of general items


Prices in

CNY (¥)

Price in

USD ($)

Combo meal at McDonald’s or similar

30.00 ¥

4.90 $

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

20.00 ¥

3.27 $

Rent for an APARTMENT in City Centre (per month)

3,500.00 ¥

571.65 $

Rent for an APARTMENT outside of City Centre (per month)

2,000.00 ¥

326.66 $

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

2.00 ¥

0.33 $

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

10.25 ¥

1.67 $

Gasoline (1 liter)

8.00 ¥

1.31 $

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2

300.00 ¥

49.00 $

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

125.00 ¥

20.42 $

Depending on current exchange rate, these prices might vary.

The table above shows the prices of the general items that can give students an idea of roughly how much they would need to pay for certain things in China on average. These costs might have to be paid monthly or daily by individuals, but then at the same time chances are that they can be shared for instance the electricity bill or the internet bills can all be shared by a group of people 4 to 5 people who are living in the apartment.

Lifestyle in China

It is modern and vibrant at the same time and Chinese know they and their country are going to shape the world’s future.

Quick facts about China’s demographics
  • Population: more than 1.3 billion citizens
  • Ethnicities: 94% Han-Chinese, 6% are minorities
  • Growth rate of population: 0,47%
  • Life expectancy: 73,18 years
Chinese modern lifestyle

Today, Chinese lifestyle is not different at all from anywhere else in the world due to Western influence. China’s economy and businessmen have adopted various ideas from foreign countries at a high speed resulting in a situation where many people enjoy a satisfying standard:

  • Buildings : you can find everything from apartment complexes to towering high-rise buildings through to modern style homes like apartments. However, in rural areas you can still find rural mud and straw houses with a stronger influence of traditional cultures.
  • Clothing is quite similar to Western culture. However, it is also influenced by local designs and create.
  • Family life is still very traditional and family importance as well as family reputation is highly rated in Chinese culture.
  • Gender equality : Women are working the same amount as men do. One side-effect might be that grandparents take care of kids or they’re sent to nursery school or kindergartens. Besides domestic work like cleaning, shopping or cooking is equally shared between boys and girls.
  • Respect : Chinese parents today, although much more lenient and reasonable, are still strict and expect a good deal of respect.
  • Marriage : As for marriage, young people today generally choose their own marriage partners on the basis of shared interests and mutual attraction. However, parents still play a role in arranging some marriages, especially in rural areas.
Chinese nightlife

Chinese adapt more and more Western culture, this includes going out during the night, enjoying the time at pubs, bars, cafes, party districts and disco clubs. Beijing's nightlife has really taken off in the last few years. New bars and clubs are opening up every month with some serious music venues attracting the world's finest artists. Take a look at China’s most favoured cities by international students.



  • Sanlitun
  • Worker’s Stadium
  • Houhai
  • Nanluoguxiang
  • Chaoyang Park West Gate
  • Wudaokou
  • The Bund night scene
  • Xin Tian DI
  • Fu Xing Park
  • Nanjing Road

Visiting those areas you will definitely find a place, which offers karaoke. It is one of the most popular ways to spend social time amongst the Chinese. There are karaoke houses, or more commonly known as “KTVs” in many of the big cities in China. If you’re not familiar with a KTV just imagine a western movie theatre, which pretty much looks the same. In case you have the chance to go there you will get an insulated room that has distorting speakers, microphones, a television, a large central table and couches lining the walls. For sure, you are expected to sing. While you’re entertaining the mass others can have a buffet dinner or slam down dice on the table – all included in the entry price.

Chinese holidays

As a student you come in the lucky position to stay in China for a longer time and you might be able to enjoy one of the holidays. There are plenty of short holidays like the Labour Day, the Dragon Boat Festival or the Mid-Autumn-Day. Depending on the area or town you stay in, you should check out if there are some local holidays. However, the major holiday periods are:

Chinese New Year

It takes place in January/February. Common tradition is that Chinese families gather together, celebrate a reunion dinner and give money in red envelopes on the evening of China New Year’s Day. Besides – and this can be seen everywhere – windows and doors are decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets. Besides late in the night firecrackers are lighted.

Qingming Festival

This festival is for up to three days in April. Traditions include sweeping tombstones and dancing on gravestones in order to pass energy to the dead and entertain them at the same time.

National Day

The National Day is on the first of October most of the people have a week off. Pupils and some students on the other hand enjoy between four to six weeks. It should be expected that shops are closed for a while. Thus, don’t forget to buy enough groceries in advance.

During the major holiday periods (Chinese New Year, National Holiday) you can either enjoy your free-time at home or – in case you’re really adventurous – buy a ticket for a bus, train or plane and travel to some of the sights or visit one of the mega cities like Shanghai and Beijing. However, if this is really the case make sure you’re not shocked by the horde of people because literally everybody in China is travelling back home to their loved ones during the holiday period.

Places to visit

China is the third largest country by area on earth. Thus, it has dozens of beautiful places. For instance you can check out Beijing. The mix of modern architecture and ancient sights makes China’s capital to a unique city. While you’re staying there you can go to places like the Forbidden City, which is a former imperial palace or the Great Wall, which is an endless wall and open for visitors. During summer, there is even a marathon taking place.

A breath-taking ancient city is Xi’an, which has emerged to the largest city in the north-west of China. It played a crucial role in China’s history and was even the capital for more than 1000 years. This can still be seen if you visit the City Wall, protecting the former capital of threats. Besides it is famous for its Terra-cotta army.

However, if you want to enter the modern world and if you want to see something else you can go to Shanghai, which is located in central Asia at the East China Sea. Like Beijing it has an amazing nightlife, which is worthwhile visiting with one karaoke bar next to another.

There are so many places to visit and things to do in China, we have listed some of the best visitable places below.



  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Temple of Heaven


  • Shanghai Tower
  • Yu Garden
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
  • Jin Mao Tower
  • Jade Buddha Temple


  • Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Famen Temple

Lintong, Xian

  • Hai River
  • Tianjin Eye
  • Taku Forts


Work opportunities in China

China had 1.15 million college graduates. Now the number is more than six times that. Recent reports said China produced a record 6.99 million graduates this year, and only a few percent of them had a difficulty in finding jobs. "Maintaining a steady job market will be a long-term and arduous task," the reports said, adding that the number of workers between the ages of 20 and 59 will peak around 2020.

China does have a very large number of graduates each year and their objective is to even double that and at the same time students want to specialize in different fields because they know that the economy will require those skills. For instance, students who study finance in China because they believe that it's a country where its financial industry needs a lot of development which means it will offer various opportunities.

There are a multitude of trade and investment opportunities for students in the China market. Some of the major sectors currently experiencing rapid growth are: processed food and beverages, gambling, transport, IT and telecommunications, minerals and energy, environment protection, building construction products and services. Three of the major growth industries though are the exporting of education, processed food and wine products. In China, students have tons of business opportunities and China’s economy promotes business activity highly and students can always start something of their own and the outcome is excellent. It gives them a whole different prospective.

Who studies in China

The numbers of foreign students studying in China are also increasing by 10% in a year to more than 290,000 in 2011, according to the Chinese Ministry of Education about 320,000 overseas students came to China in 2012, the majority from South Korea and the United States.

China's education system will be promoted in Europe now says the Chinese Ministry of Education. China’s vice-minister of education said that by 2020, about 500,000 international students will be in China, enabling the country to become the largest Asian destination for international students.

The push for foreign students is a thoughtful strategy by the Chinese government through investment in scholarships and facilities to substitute a greater understanding of their culture and language globally, and expand Beijing's "soft power," academics. The British Council, in UK which is leading the campaign, said around 3,500 students from UK travelled to China in 2011 but it wanted the number to grow to at 15,000 by 2016.

Students from all over the world have started coming China to study, as you can see in the above chart the highest number of students come from Asia and Europe. Soon Europeans student’s top preference is going to be China due to the amount of money China wants to invest in education. In fact, since it’s a huge country and now they are focusing on attracting and giving benefits to International students education, students from all over the world will want to avail this opportunity.