Is Beijing China's Best City for Western Women Married to Chinese Men? | Speaking of China

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  1. Dan Yeh
    Dan Yeh November 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm | | Reply

    It is a crying shame that the outstanding social and career opportunity is counterbalanced by the dreadful environmental problems plaguing this great city. The daily US Embassy weather report as well as feedback from tourist friends and relatives testified to the choking smog and annoying particulates, especially during the summer months.

  2. Eleni
    Eleni November 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm | | Reply

    We were actually discussing living in Beijing, and visiting Beijing this past weekend. I have heard from countless people that Beijing does have more opportunity. And like my boyfriend said “at least people in Beijing are a little Westernized so they will stare at you slightly less.” I am sure the same applies in Shanghai, but I could be wrong. But like Dan Yeh said, the pollution is terrible and even if the salaries and job opportunities are better, I truly do not think we could live there. We are fortunate enough to have a house there but once again, considering how much the property is worth, it isn’t worth it.

  3. Melanie Gao
    Melanie Gao November 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm | | Reply

    Is it possible that men from Beijing travel abroad more? That’s how my (now ex-) husband and I met. We were both exchange students in Japan. Or are they more likely to want to live in their home city? When we were dating he knew that he wanted to return to Beijing one day to live, so he and Beijing were a package deal.

    I’m so glad you’re in Beijing. It was a good place for me to call home for many years.

  4. David
    David November 8, 2017 at 2:02 am | | Reply

    Is Beijing the Best City? Probably better than many cities in the US in this regard at least during the Trump era…probably Hawaii and California are the exceptions. I was going to include Puerto Rico, but it virtually does not exist anymore.

  5. Marta
    Marta November 9, 2017 at 10:43 am | | Reply

    I’m not sure about the work opportunities, at least in my field most of the action seems to be in Shenzhen. But there is an aspect in which Beijing is clearly superior to Shanghai… it has heating!!! hahaha.

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