23 May Why are so many foreigners now willing to live in China? The simple answer is ‘money’. Many foreigners are willing to work abroad to improve their financial situations. Since 2000, reports and figures suggest that the number of foreigners coming to China for work purposes increases by 10% per year. A large number of Europeans prefer Beijing and Shanghai. The cost of living in Beijing has become very comparable to that of other big cities here; African businessmen descend towards Guangzhou and the southern Provinces; many Russians tend to like northeastern China; Beijing has a significant number of Korean people. It may surprise you that individuals coming to work in China are not the typical white collar group you would expect. Take Mike Dawson’s story for example: A journalism graduate from the UK, with the financial downturn that was still existent in 2014 when he was searching for employment, he headed towards China looking to intern abroad. Fast forward, his internship in China turned into full time employment at a famous foreigner magazine in Beijing. Stories like this are becoming a common occurrence. China has extraordinarily maintained its growing economy over two decades; this has led to increased opportunities for jobs in China and other career pursuits in this country. Many people continue to believe that China has something for them. Many international applicants are especially attracted by the paid internships in China as they offer a way to supplement one's spending while abroad. Many people wonder about the living expenses in China, for young graduates seeking employment, it is generally a good idea to remain on a strict budget. Another simple example is the hundreds of international students coming here for their chance at China internships. This serves a step for them to obtain their long term employment, or at least open up more doors for them compared to somebody who does an internship in his/her home city. In Beijing, some popular ones include internship in marketing, sales, business etc. The Beijing cost of living is still relatively lower compared to Shanghai, but in all honesty, any capital city should not be underestimated. China is also thirsty for foreigners; Chinese people remain curious and have an affinity for Westerners so the influx is here to stay. A decent job means a healthy salary, making the cost of living in Beijing or any other large city relatively affordable for foreigners. Besides directly applying for jobs and internships, sometimes people are hooked after they study abroad for a semester; with the language not being a problem anymore, they are inclined to stay on longer. Attaning fluency in Mandarin means one can essentially live the language in China. From what I have seen, China’s relevance in the international community, its fascinating culture, safety, its wide variety of food and a vibrant economy will continue to attract more foreigners who in turn welcome the idea of relocating to China.