Beijing dating expat


Without a doubt moving here helped propel my career as a freelance journalist.Editors from publications in the US, UK and the Middle East have all been more receptive to pitches as I have a unique selling point by living in the capital of the world’s second-largest economy.Being here has allowed me to determine my future on my own terms and shown me the freedom of freelancing.Being only half fluent in Mandarin has meant that I have had to develop a certain agility of mind to figure out daily obstacles – things as basic as knowing which bus station you need, how to order food and identifying landmarks to meet a date.



I’ve also made friends with people from around the world with whom I share a sense of international camaraderie. The sense of making a life for yourself In Beijing, with the relative wealth of being an expat and the advancement of social and professional circles, the feeling of having had made a life for yourself is palpable. It’s going from living in a tiny, squalid hovel, trying to save money, for seven months, and then finding accommodation seven times larger.It’s these big and soulful moments that confirm within yourself the certainty of what you're capable of.The negatives of moving to Beijing The deterioration of health By far, this is the worst thing about Beijing. But you can't make enough to save a decent amount and the urge to spend becomes so strong that money is like water flowing through your outstretched hand.It’s not just that the food might be unsafe, it’s not just the interminable dust that blankets everything - it’s the knowledge that with every breath you take, you are damaging your lungs. The city is infamous for its air pollution, its atmosphere filled with fine particulates that are small enough to permeate the bloodstream, causing long-term damage. You always you have a nagging feeling that this isn't sustainable.