It’s a far larger concept that’s more about cultivating a social web of influence than merely swapping business cards.
One thing we learned is that there are many resources available but not one single place to find everything you need to know when starting out in Beijing. As we got the basics covered and ventured out more and more, we searched for more specific things.
Like where to buy Thai basil and lemon grass in Beijing, how to use the bus system, what taxes to pay, etc., just the everyday normal life stuff that travel guides and relocation sites usually don’t cover.
As a result, the streets of the city are filled with smug-looking Western guys holding hands with their pint-sized Chinese princesses," she wrote.
The 30-year-old Aaron found an alternative to said "smug-looking Western guys": "Unlike the majority of Western women living in China, who watch bitterly as the egos of below-average men swell from the admiring looks of Chinese girls, I took an altogether different approach and chose to date Chinese men instead." RELATED: Three Things to Know about Chinese-Foreigner Dating The plan seems to have borne initial fruit for her.
Perhaps one of the biggest lessons is in networking.
In China, there is a special word for this: guanxi.You will find employment offers in Beijing, classifieds and accommodations in China.Ask question and share information on the expat forum in Beijing, and join the network of expatriates in Beijing.Discover the experience of other expats on their expat blog in China.Ask a majority of the expat women in Beijing about their dating habits and they will tell you the same thing; that there is a **distinct lack of nice men in Beijing**, and how they all end up dating men whom, if they were in their home country, they would never have given a second glance.We do our own research and figure things out by just doing them, finding help independently when we need it.