Moving to Shanghai

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Living in Shanghai , Visiting Shanghai, Guide to ShanghaiExpats moving to Shanghai will experience a city driven by the manic obsession to become a leading international centre. For some time the metropolis has been trying to step out from behind the shadows of Hong Kong and Beijing, which usually capture the imagination of those looking to move to China.
Yet Shanghai is by no means a well-kept secret. It is the gateway to China's vast economy and the country's leading financial centre, with more than 400,000 expats living in Shanghai. Shanghai has shown a willingness to attract international business and an ability to adapt by implementing the changes required to support expansion.
Shanghai spent 45 billion USD for the 2010 World Expo, mostly improving the city's infrastructure and creating an even more seamless combination of historic city and modern metropolis.

Expats moving to Shanghai are often part of skilled workforce keeping one of the many international companies continuing to open branches in the city on the cutting edge.
For several decades the city has ballooned with urban sprawl creating many expat communities and suburbs in Shanghai more like Western neighbourhoods than traditional Chinese ones.
While this has provided security and comfort to an international population, life in Shanghai can become almost segregated. Parts of Shanghai have become very international in character, and in some cases have struggled to retain even the smallest amount of Chinese flavour.

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