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    Moving money out of China

    Quick update - sent my money through alipay, asked a few friends for help .You go on alipay and find the intl wire function. Then you press on the currency converter (0.00 in yellow font). The max limit per transaction is 17950rmb + 50 rmb fee Now this next part is pure Chinese logic - you can't enter how much rmb you want to send BUT need to know how much (in my case) GBP you want to send back. so you keep entering different numbers until you get close to 17950... the currency rate is fluctuating every day, so I suggest you do some research online on currency rates. I got anywhere from 2020-2040 GBP for 18000 rmb... Money got through in about 2-3 days. No hiccups *yet*
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    Moving money out of China

    Hey, I got a small but substantial (for me at least - over 10k GBP) amount of funds I need to move back to UK. What is the best way to do it? If I do it through a bank - which one has the best rates? I heard that the best way would be through Alipay and to ask a local to transfer it to your account... Got like a month to deal with this so if you pass by this topic later on - please leave a message :)
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    problem with wechat group

    As you have clearly noticed - barely anyone posts in the forum anymore. You have 1-3 guys covering the topics, some that aren't even in HZ anymore... 42k+ members and hardly manage 20 comments a day (NOT THREADS). As you might also know - the owner of hzexpat is pushing away from the forum and on to another platform - wechat. The hzexpat wechat group is quite more active and you can get an instant response. It's also the only place where Jake posts articles (like 2-3 a day) on what is happening in HZ or any relative news. I don't think this a good thing really. First of, wechat groups are limited to 500 users. at the moment, there are 450. If Jake decided to clean up and kick inactive users, maybe that can go down to 300. That means there's enough space for 200 users (at best). So it is a very limited space. Second, wechat groups are exclusive - you can't see posts or post, unless you are invited. That sucks for people NOT in HZ doing their research before coming here. All the info that gets posted on the group chat never makes it to the HZexpat forums. EVER. And they share some good info... Third, wechat group means members are even less likely to visit a forum or post on it, which leads to less discussion and less willingness to post and visit the forum... you get the idea and where this is going. With the way things are going and if nothing changes, I think the forum will just die. It's already very sluggish. I think it's better to have the info posted on the forum for everyone to see and revisit the threads with updates, rather than picking out nibbles of wisdom from a chatroom. Cheers.
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    Moving money out of China

    Man, I'm not too sure about that... I never said I know what the duck I'm doing :D :D :D just assumed it would be better to keep it in the currency I will use daily :)
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    Moving money out of China

    Like BluePasta said - getting money out of China is a problem... and RMB has been tanking. I'm losing money by keeping it in China. Precious metals - you need a reliable source and to understand that stuff. This is China after all. From what you said, transferring through a bank means I lose money on exchange rate and on fees... Which is not a big deal in itself - it's how much I need to burn to get my moneu out of here. 10% is too much...
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    Moving money out of China

    Yeah... choosing a lesser evil. UK is a financial hub. Even if the pound gets a poundin' - they should recover... Or Swiss franks :D those duckers never get hit with anything :D
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    Moving money out of China

    Why to spike up my anxiety ! Yep, RMB has dipped quite a bit... Losing money just by keeping it in China... I'm assuming you mean WesterUnion transfers? Some guys told me it's 500$ per transfer but the fees hit you. That would be over 30 transfers... Quite a bit ... I think I will try the alipay :)
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    Moving money out of China

    I meant 50k RMB at a time. Some friends advised me to send under that amount through a bank. Locals can send bigger sums. I appreciate it, mate. Some valid advice right there. I called my bank in UK (whoooo, burning my money!) and flat out asked about it and they said even 15k GBP is not a big deal. So I should be ok...
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    Moving money out of China

    Yeah man, figured as much. I know that if you send under 50k you can slip under the radar. But not gonna risk it. Cheers guys! Always know I can count on you to sort me out :)
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    Moving money out of China

    It's okay, got nothing to hide. I'm wondering about the exchange rates... anywhere to check them?
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    GYm membership

    A mate of mine is leaving China and has a gym membership to sell. 2 years for 2000RMB (800 is resigning fee, included). It's in a central location, near West Lake Cultural Square. Gym is quite big, 2 floors. Used to go there myself, well equipped. Let me know if you're interested. I already have a membership :)
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    Gym with a pool

    Look up Brian Alsruhe from Neverstate fitness on youtube. Search conditioning in his channel. Good videos explaining HIIT, tabata protocol and other good stuff. Those are really challenging and will keep you "entertained" :D
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    Last 2 months in HZ - how to make the best of it?

    Thanks for the advice, guys :) life is a funny thing - just when I thought I was done with China, I got a job offer that is just too good not to take... I hope to sort out my life in the following months and start fresh :) or just fuck off to London :D :D either way it will be an improvement for sure. I can't really travel around much due to my crazy work schedule (6 days a week). Nor am I really that keen to travel - it's the same shit only in different shades...
  14. Stayed here for over a year now. I am almost certain I'm gonna leave Hangzhou in September, maybe sooner. Looking to make the best of my remaining time here. If you got any tips on things to try out - leave a comment or send me a PM. It is really appreciated :) Recently I've come to a horrid realization that I've wasted my time here. Hearing about other people's stories and their experiences in China, I see that I've been doing it REAAAAAAALLY wrong by just focusing on my shitty work... Haven't partied, haven't tried things, haven't met that many people. Getting screwed over quite a few times didn't help either... I feel like it's too late to do those things now. Anyways, gonna try to squeeze the most out of my remaining time here :) What is worth getting here? electronics? still need to get that tailored suit.
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    Girls sports

    I think she left for Shanghai back in January...
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    The World Cup bullshit.

    Went to Mojito yesterday - they showed the opening ceremony and the game muted. Music was blasting and people were having a great time. FIFA WC will bring more people to sports bars. Most places won't be affected, maybe a bigger turn out... Or do you prefer to drink alone?
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    We want you !

    what passes as a high end salary these days in HZ?
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    Price of Renting Apartment

    Not too good, mate. Not too good indeed. I think I got 1-2 months in me left, although I get paid Friday and just want to bounce... I think I'll start a thread on that topic - how to make best of my remaining time here... Still want to get that tailored suit though :D :D :D
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    Ben Patterson

    Add pictures, mate.
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    Teacher from Wales moving in August

    Be careful - schools sign long-term rental agreements. They might ask you to cover the costs if you move out or to find someone to take your place...
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    Price of Renting Apartment

    Very reasonable estimate. I live in the city center (WL cultural sq) and it's 2 beds - 4400. And that's a good deal actually. It's been renovated but a very old building... 4200+ is a really good point of reference.
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    English teachers needed

    Oh, wow - salt on a wound? My bad. Yeah, will do, buddy. Really happy narrow minded and short-sighted assholes like you are here to stay. Hope they send more people like you to China, where losers can feel "special" and "successful". Sorry to break it to you - but you're a freaking cuck.
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    English teachers needed

    are you seriously trying to justify this bullshit? Just because it's common in China, that doesn't mean racism is okay. That's what staying in China does to you - become a spineless degenerate...
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    To Hangzhou Expat, delete old posts.

    agree with keaventh. If you start deleting old post, useful information will be lost. This forum is already on life support - if you delete old posts, it will look like a ghost town. also, Zheng - just be straight and say you want to be a moderator, instead of creating a non-existing problem and "offering" to solve it.
  25. I read some interesting messages on the forum and got to thinking - does living in China make you a worse human being?...