Why do so many foreigners go to China and think China is good?




Ella Li, former Manager

Bcs China is growing better and better, stronger and stronger. She has a big market.



Kophi Chan, Manager at Leadsintec

Compare to the rest of the world, I think safety, peasful is one of the reason make foreigners like China. I have been to some countries in the world, eventhough many people there are friendly, but in all did not so safty and peasful as China.



Toren Freyr, Sustainability Advocate. New Era Economy. Convergence.

Originally Answered: Why are foreigners interested in China?

What does that word ‘foreign’ mean when referring to China? I was raised on the East Coast and I have lived on the West Coast. I have been toe-to-toe with Chinese friends, classmates, coworkers, compatriots since i was a child: it doesn’t seem foreign to me … to say nothing of the constant quest for New York style Chinese food in the Midwest. I love Hunan flavours!

I think that China has the largest ‘emerging’ market … the people a fabulous, creative, and stylish.

One of the Chinese moms taught us how to make a simple meal and use chopsticks in 2nd grade, so …

Well, I might be an unusual case because I learned to read quite early and picked up a book on Tao Te Ching from our coffee table and I still think of myself as a bit of a Taoist, so …

China is cool!







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Mervyn Locke, Enlightened laowai/Decade-long China resident/Permanent China bull

What do you mean with “think” it’s good? It IS good. If you don’t think so, you obviously haven’t been here. I’ve lived in China for more than 10 years now, and this is the place where I’m gonna die.



Brian Spilsbury

I suspect that the most fundamental reason is ‘choice’.

A foreigner who chooses go to to China has invested in this decision.

Their being in China is a choice that they are free to change.

And this makes a huge difference, regardless of the standard of living.

I may choose to live in a hole in the ground and be quite happy, since it is my decision to do so.

If I were forced to live in a hole in the ground with no option to leave, I would be unhappy about it, even though the conditions are the same.

(Of course, China is far more pleasant than a hole in the ground if you have a little money).

So, while a Chinese person who feels they have no choice but to live in China might be unhappy, a foreigner who feels they have a choice to leave whenever they like, might be quite happy, even with exactly the same living conditions.

It is not the present, but the weight of the future that makes the difference here











Jeff Casagrande, Lived in China since 2005. Left in 2017.

Similar question posted as Why do so many foreigners like to live in China last few years?

The simple answer is they aren’t and they don’t. The number of expats living in China decreases every year.




Matthew Lipton, lives in China (2010-present)

I actually have the opposite opinion. The more a foreigner understands the culture the more they will see the problems with China. The ones who think it’s amazing are usually the people who stay one or two years and don’t take it serious - just a travel experience.

If you live a long period of time in China (a decade) and speak putonghua to an intelligible level… you will begin to notice the problems more and more.

I could name at least 50 off the top of my head but since this topic is about concentrating on what foreigners do think is good about China; Travel, ancient culture, food (I don’t like the food but it’s a personal choice), the money, extra privileges/foreigner prestige.

Some of these are not good reasons but they are a lot of the reasons why foreigners like China.






Gwydion Madawc Williams, Read a lot about this

Safe and well-organised. Friendly people. Getting steadily more prosperous



Sarah Price, Lifestyle Reporter

I am here for the summer and have enjoyed it a lot so far the night life is fun and I am here for an internship where I have met a lot of good people!



Tarry Lav, Office Manager at Environmental

My son graduated with a Master Degree in Education. He was offered great opportunitys in China he couldn't find in the US. He feels appreciated in his job and lives a great life in Shanghai with his wife who is from China. They tried the US for awhile but was too expensive for them to continue to live here.


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