Moving with family to Guangzhou


Moving to China can be an adventure, especially if you are moving with kids. But luckily there are a few things that will make your family’s transition to new life a bit easier.

Join GWIC

First of all, the women in your family can join Guangzhou Women International Club which offers variety of events, but most importantly a web of connections and friends. Need to find a good doctor or where to buy a certain item? GWIC ladies know for sure!

WeChat is a must

If you only have one application in your phone in China, it must be WeChat. Keep in touch with friends, make new friends, join useful groups, pay at stores and restaurants, top up your phone and so much more. We have groups for parents in Guangzhou and parents of kids of different ages. Want to join a play date or find out the best playgrounds around city? Ask in WeChat and you’ll get an answer in seconds.

WeChat also has a few local second hand groups if you want to make affordable and environmentally friendly purchases.

What to bring

You can find most international items from Guangzhou, but imported products are often more expensive than back home. If you need, bring infant formula, medicine and comfort food with you. Also if you wear big size shoes, those are hard to find in Guangzhou. 

This Summer I’m taking back second hand clothes for my daughter, medicine, Finnish food and chocolate, a few books. Most of our day to day items are easily available in Guangzhou or through Taobao online store.

Friends make a home

Through my expat friends I’ve seen that when all family members get new friends, it’s easy to immerse into a new place. Luckily the international crowd is super friendly here and there are sport groups, lunch dates, play dates, short trips and much more for you to experience.

Learning a bit of Chinese

For me personally learning Chinese has shaped my whole life here, but for all expats it’s definitely beneficial to learn some Chinese. It will help you to get a taxi or show respect in business meetings.

If you are interested in private Chinese classes, send me a message through my contact form.

  • Big shoes, LOL, yeah, probably there are American-sized 11s to be found in China. :) I would be doomed.

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    I’m size 38 in shoes and have no problems, but friends with size 39-40 and up often have problems finding nice shoes.

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  • Nicole

    I am reading your blog this morning and tears came to my eyes. So well written and so lovely. I really wish you happiness and joy in Guangzhou.

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Thank you so much Nicole :)

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  • Nicole

    What type of visa do you have in China?

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    I have a Q visa at the moment.

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  • XiJiandUs

    Oh how I wish we had a women’s group here in Yantai… Great post!
    YouTube: XiJiandUs

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Thanks, it’s been very helpful to be part of the community.

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