Emigrate to China

⇒ China culture

⇒ Climate

⇒ Language

⇒ China school system

⇒ Health care system

⇒ Vaccinations and medical certificates

⇒ Tax system

⇒ Economy

⇒ Prices by index

⇒ Real estate

⇒ Company foundation

⇒ Visa

⇒ Safety


China culture

China has a rich and complex culture that spans a long time and encompasses many different aspects. Some of the characteristics that distinguish Chinese culture are:

  1. Language: The Chinese language is one of the oldest languages in the world and has a unique script consisting of ideographic characters.
  2. Philosophy: Chinese philosophy has produced many influential thinkers, including Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi. Some of the most important concepts of Chinese philosophy are Yin and Yang, Qi and the Dao.
  3. Art: Chinese art has a long history, ranging from pottery and bronze work to painting and calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy is known for its beauty and elegance, while Chinese painting is known for its depictions of landscapes and animals.
  4. Music: Chinese traditional music has a unique structure and instrumentation. Among the most famous instruments are the erhu, the guzheng and the pipa.
  5. Cuisine: Chinese cuisine is known for its diversity and aromatic spices. Regional cuisines, such as Sichuan cuisine and Cantonese cuisine, have their own unique flavors and techniques.
  6. Traditional festivals: The most famous traditional festivals in China include the Chinese New Year, the Moon Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival. These festivals are often accompanied by colorful parades, traditional dress and fireworks.
  7. Medicine: Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient practice that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage techniques. It is still widely used in China and has also gained popularity in the West.

These features are just a few examples of China’s rich and diverse culture.


The climate in China is very diverse due to its enormous size and topographical diversity. In general, however, it can be said that northern China is very cold, while southern China has a subtropical or tropical climate. Summers are warm to hot in most regions and winters are cold to very cold. Some regions in China are also affected by monsoon rains, especially in the south and southeast.


China has one official language, Standard Chinese, which is based on Mandarin and spoken by the majority of the population. In addition, however, there are numerous regional dialects and languages spoken by minorities, such as Cantonese, Shanghainese, and Tibetan.

China school system

When emigrating to China with your family, the school system naturally plays a big role:

The school system in China is very demanding and highly centralized. Compulsory education begins at the age of 6 and usually lasts 9 years for primary and secondary education. After that, students can attend a secondary school that prepares them for either higher education or vocational training. The school system is very competitive and students have to undergo rigorous exams to prove their performance. In recent years, the Chinese government has implemented some reforms in the education system to promote creative thinking and innovation among students.

Healthcare system

The healthcare system in China is a state-run system that is accessible to all citizens of the country. Primary care is provided in public hospitals and clinics. There are also private hospitals, but they are often more expensive and usually specialize in certain medical specialties.
The health care system in China has improved considerably in recent years, but there are still challenges, especially in rural areas where medical care is often less good than in urban areas. The government has set itself the goal of improving the quality of medical care throughout the country and facilitating access to health services.

Vaccinations and medical certificates

Vaccinations and medical certificates are required for emigration to China. There are certain vaccination requirements for people entering China, especially for yellow fever, polio and measles, but these requirements are only mandatory if the person entering the country has recently been in a high-risk country. However, the vaccinations are always recommended. It is also advisable to get a medical checkup before entering China and learn about the current health regulations.

Tax system

The tax system in China is very complex and differs depending on the type of tax subject, the source of income and the type of activity. The main types of taxes in China are income tax, value added tax, corporate income tax, consumption tax and property tax.
For individuals living and working in China, there is a progressive income tax. The amount of tax depends on income, with higher incomes being taxed at higher rates.
For companies, there is corporate income tax, which is currently at a rate of 25%. However, some special economic zones have reduced tax rates.
VAT in China is currently 13% for most goods and services, although reduced rates of 9% and 6% are also available.
Overall, the tax system in China is very dynamic and there are frequent changes in tax laws and regulations. It is advisable to seek professional advice from a tax advisor or lawyer when dealing with taxes in China.


The economy in China is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. In recent decades, China has experienced impressive economic growth based on industrialization, urbanization, exports, and massive domestic consumer demand. China is the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer of goods and services. The Chinese economy is controlled by the government, which plays an important role in regulating the financial system and industrial policy. The economy is mainly driven by industry and the service sector, but agriculture also plays an important role in some regions. Trotz des starken Wirtschaftswachstums gibt es jedoch auch challenges such as the rising mountain of debt, environmental pollution, and increasing income inequality.

Prices by index

Since prices can change constantly in an economy as fast-growing as China’s, we refer you here to the Cost of Living website. This website is constantly updating the information so that you are always up to date.

Real Estate

In China, there are restrictions for foreigners when it comes to purchasing real estate. Foreigners can only purchase certain types of real estate in China, such as apartments, and there are strict regulations and approval procedures. It is advisable to be well informed about the applicable regulations before buying real estate in China. Renting, on the other hand, is easier and there are numerous offers on the market.

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Company foundation

It is possible for foreigners to set up a business in China. However, there are certain requirements and restrictions that must be observed. For example, foreigners must obtain approval from the Chinese government and have a local partner or representative in China in order to establish a business. The exact requirements and restrictions depend on the type of company and industry. It is recommended to seek advice in advance from the Chinese authorities or a specialized lawyer.


Possible visas for emigration to China:

There are several visa options in China, which are issued depending on the purpose of the stay. Some common visa categories are:

  1. Tourist Visa (L Visa): For travelers who wish to vacation in China. It is usually issued for 30 days.
  2. Business Visa (M Visa): For business travelers going to China to conduct negotiations, attend trade fairs or maintain business relations. It is usually issued for 30 to 90 days.
  3. Work Visa (Z Visa): For foreigners who want to work in China. It usually requires an employment contract with a Chinese company and a work permit. The duration of the visa depends on the duration of the employment contract.
  4. Student Visa (X Visa): For foreign students who want to study in China. It usually requires admission from a Chinese university or college. The duration of the visa depends on the duration of the study program.
  5. Family Reunion Visa (Q Visa): For foreign spouses or minor children of Chinese nationals or foreign nationals permanently residing in China.

It is important to note that the requirements and conditions for each visa may vary and that the entry procedure in China can be strict. It is recommended that you obtain thorough information about the requirements and regulations early on and seek professional help if needed.

Security in the country

China is a relatively safe country with a low crime rate. The government has strong control over the country and there are strict laws and regulations. However, it is important to note that there are certain social and political restrictions, especially for foreigners, and it is recommended to check local laws and regulations to avoid problems. In some regions of China, there are occasional natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or typhoons that can affect safety. It is therefore advisable to find out about possible risks and recommendations before traveling to or emigrating to a particular region. Please refer to the security advice from the German Foreign Office: Security advice China

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