[quote=“hexuan”]Most foreigners in China not sent there as expats are either teaching English for a third of the cost of a bearable lifestyle, or as HGC says, are working for free so that they can go back home and tell everyone they know everything about China.
Even when I was working there in 1998 we got at least ten CVs a week from kids with top degrees wanting to come and work at the law firm for free. The boss’ attitude was that you get what you pay for.
These kids are marketing themselves on the basis that they are cheap. China is the wrong market for that. I can have at the drop of a hat, fifteen Cambridge graduates with shite Chinese for seven pounds fifty a month in Shanghai.
What use is Chinese in Shanghai? So you can speak a bit of Mandarin and read a menu? [not you personally, I mean “people”] Unless you can read a contract without reference to a dictionary, and business letters, and follow a conversation between six businessmen jabbering at once and work out which one is going to rip you off the most, or at the very least, know whether your interpreter is pulling a fast one, Chinese is useless in China. Will your Chinese be good enough to get the gist (am I being ripped off?) of Shanghainese (or whatever) even though you can’t speak it? OTOH, I would say successful people I have met in China/HK/Taiwan are predominantly non-speakers of Chinese.
Anyway, Chinese ability is only one facet of living/doing business in China. I know of no jobs as described in your post except perhaps as an English teacher at a university. Government housing in China is something you would be better avoiding.[/quote]
Very well said! Every bit of it.