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Hello all,

I will arrive in September and would like to know your impression of Hangzhou so I can prepare myself(even if a little bit) for the huge change.

I don't speak any Chinese and would like to know how is life for someone with no Chinese in Hangzhou?

Is public transportation easy to operate?

Are people nice to foreigners or is there hostility?

Well, I have many more questions but these 3 are the most important ones for now.

Thanks in advance

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People in general are very nice. They do not trouble foreigners, till they are drunk (usually in a Bar).

Buses and metro are all easy to use, just use the card (one card for Buses, metros and boats)

In metro they scan your things and every time ask you to drink water that you carry in your bottle.

I am not sure what do they do with the water that you carry in your bladder ;)

 

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On 16.07.2017 at 9:11 AM, @Hz said:

People in general are very nice. They do not trouble foreigners, till they are drunk (usually in a Bar).

Buses and metro are all easy to use, just use the card (one card for Buses, metros and boats)

In metro they scan your things and every time ask you to drink water that you carry in your bottle.

I am not sure what do they do with the water that you carry in your bladder ;)

 

Drunk people are same everywhere :)

But it is nice to know there is no general hostility against foreigners

It is good that all public transport is operated with a single card and I can somehow understand regarding no water rule on metro 

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transportation in Hangzhou is quite convenient, you'll get underground metro to most places. You can also take a public bike such as ofo, Mobike for free for short distance. Most buses are available to most places and you can use Uber or taxi.

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So how about finding a job? Do I have any chance? I am not a native English speaker so don't think I can land a teaching job but are there any other alternatives? Though I don't mind a teaching job as well. As long as it pay the bills all is good :)

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A foreigner can not apply for jobs of all categories. If you are not a native English speaker then getting a permit for English teaching job might be nearly impossible. All companies are not allowed to hire foreigners. They should have a genuine reason why they need a foreigner. Finally, getting a job is not difficult, getting a work permit is.

Underground (or overground) metro is NOT available in all the places. Right now there are only 3 lines operating and they are also not 100 % covering their planned area of operation. As of now, barely 30% of the entire city is covered by metro. Bus service is over all good. But buses in some areas are not available after late hours. On some routes buses stop working as early as 1800 or 1900 hrs. Though there are night buses but frequency might be poor and in late hours, far off places experience very crowded buses. There is no Uber available. You get Chinese alternative of that like DiDi and CaoCao. DiDi is certainly no where close to Uber in quality of service but CaoCao is far better. But as these are operated through mobile apps it might not be very easy for every foreigner without knowledge of Chinese language. Bicycle renting service is good but some services are operated through mobile apps which might not be very convenient for a foreigner if he is not good in reading and typing Chinese. Moreover, some of them might need security deposit and attaching a bank card etc which might again need some knowledge of Chinese.

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Thank you so much @Hz

I will have student visa there and from what I heard you can work part-time if you can receive school's permission?

Chinese is going to be a problem for sure and considering how hard to learn it will take a year for me to have basic communication skills :(

 

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Well if someone tries to convert rape as sex with consent it does not makes it nonpunishable.

Do not trust any one blindly. Except (perhaps) in some specific cases you are NOT allowed to earn money while you are on student visa. So unless your university provides you some reliable document proving that you can work or gives you in writing, working is illegal for a student.

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2 hours ago, @Hz said:

Well if someone tries to convert rape as sex with consent it does not makes it nonpunishable.

Do not trust any one blindly. Except (perhaps) in some specific cases you are NOT allowed to earn money while you are on student visa. So unless your university provides you some reliable document proving that you can work or gives you in writing, working is illegal for a student.

I am so confused right now...

 

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13 hours ago, Umut said:

Chinese is going to be a problem for sure and considering how hard to learn it will take a year for me to have basic communication skills :(

 

You will learn to swim faster and better if you jump in to the water.

Perhaps people who cleaned the road and served food in restaurants taught me more Chinese than teachers in univ.

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University is good in preparing you for HSK. But I found that learning too Book-ish so I left the univ. The real Chinese will be taught by the remaining 1.3 billion people (except the girls who join you in Bar, they will only teach you how to shell out money in China).

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10 hours ago, Hungry_Hippo said:

I am so confused right now...

 

Do not get confused buddy. What I told is the official version !

A lot of things happen in-officially. And there are always a lot of grey areas in China. Depends on which shade of grey you like ;)

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