Thanks Orange, no worries we are always open to honest feedback. Seems like it boils down to having an expat contract, or settling for relative low local salaries (compared to international standards). I think I can manage a Chinese business environment but I also don't want to be the standard translator for the whole department. It sounds a lot like this is the role you are slotted into as a foreigner working in a pre-dominant Chinese company. I would have to adapt to that.
Taipei, HK and Chengdu are our top 3 cities we are looking into. I'm not gonna do Tier 1 mainland cities no matter what, I lived in Shanghai and I found it is full of arrogant french expats and very stressful and aggressive. I know that HK is expensive too but we like the climate and the culture there more.
I have to say salary is not our number 1 concern, after a year or two we want to start our own operation with external investment and for that, we will have to travel around and pitch to different people anyway.
At the end of the day, it will boil down to what job, with what salary we can get. If it turns out we have options to choose from, than we would rather go to Taiwan, because I think it's a pretty sweet place with a nice mix of Japanese, Korean and Chinese influences. But we are not in a rush and we will loot out all the options before settling for a substandard offer.
I should probably mention as well that I'm kinda specialized in creative industries, premium and luxury goods. So far I think Taiwan is mostly tech and all my stuff seems to be more prevalent in HK.