Life in Shenzhen
China’s Youngest City
Shenzhen is a vibrant young city that attracts people from Asia for employment
opportunities. The soaring skyscrapers and shopping emporia of the business
district stand in delightful contrast to the lush green mountains and sandy
beaches. It is a city with something for everyone.
Shenzhen has a subtropical climate, with temperate conditions for nearly half
the year. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable seasons,
with plenty of sunshine, occasional showers, and pleasantly cool evenings.
Summers are very hot, and the rainy season runs from June to August.
Winters are mild and dry, with the temperature rarely dipping below 10°C.
Shenzhen does experience occasional typhoons and tropical storms from April
through October. Visit the Observatory website for daily weather updates.
Shenzhen metro is an efficient, reliable and environmental friendly way to get
around the city. A single journey normal ticket in the metro costs 2 RMB to
14 RMB and a single journey business ticket of Line 11 costs three times as
much as travel fare ofnormal ticket.
Taxi can be hired through a popular APP called DiDi.
Shenzhen is a veritable melting pot of world cuisine, with delights for every
taste and budget. Cantonese dim sum and congee are two Cantonese foods
locals eat a lot of, and you might like to try them, but foreign foods and food
from other regions such as pizza, steak, Sichuan hot pot, stir-fry dishes.
Shenzhen is an immigrant city and Mandarin is the commonly used language
for communication. You will find people speaking Cantonese as well.
Most Shenzhen citizens cannot communicate in English.
Learning and using basic Mandarin is advantageous.
Working in Shenzhen requires a work permit and a resident visa for work.
Spouses and child(ren) may remain in Shenzhen on a dependant visa,
which is available only when a member of the family holds an employment
visa. Please note that a dependent visa can only be obtained upon
presentation of an original marriage certificate for your spouse, and original
birth certificates for your child(ren).
Income tax is deducted at source in China.
The progressive tax rate is from 3% to 45%.