So i’m conflicted, I finally feel like i’m at home in Taiwan. I finished my military conscription, I got my drivers license and now drive like a crazy Taiwanese person and actually learned the roads, my relationship is good with my family right now which haven’t been in a long time here. I’m just comfortable, i know where to eat, where to go, how to get around and all the life hacks of living in Taipei.
I’m talking to a new, really nice fitness and fighting gym in shanghai, one of the nicest i’ve seen. They want me. I don’t know what to do, and it doesn’t help that i’ve never been to shanghai.
In the 3 years i’ve lived here, more and more of my friends have moved on. Most short term expats here for teaching, ABCs who moved back to the states of canada, or artists and musicians that moved on. So I have less and less friends to be honest recently and spend most of my time alone, with my dogs and with my gf. I only go out with them.
I’ve lived comfortably here with money, I made decent wages working on different things. I’m not rich on my own, but def better off than most people my age not just in Taiwan as I have no debt and have a house. But i feel like i’ll never be really successful here, i’ve gotten by without a degree leaving my senior year (not because grades, family and healt reasons and never went back) I know most of my success if from, not to come of as an ass, but partly due to the fact i’m good at being sociable and networking. Every job i’ve got is from meeting someone seeing me do some other job and offering me one later on. And partly due to the fact my family is well off here and even if i fail I’ll never be homeless or jobless if I really needed one.
But back to my point, i’ve only lived in Beijing, hated it. And chengdu, which was ok, outside of HK it’s my favorite place. And Wuhan. What is Shanghai like for those who worked there and lived there. How is it compared to Taiwan? Or specifically, Taipei? What is living expenses like and housing pricing for rent for someone who does have some what of a expensive taste. I don’t expect a huge house, but I would want to live around the busy areas in a nicer apartment. And how convenient is it for every day life? Also, food. I eat like a monster, is it like the rest of China…I lost like 10kgs there since I couldn’t eat much in fear of dying of contaminated food.
Lastly, whats a good living wage in Shanghai, in RMB?