Renting apartment in China

When it comes to renting an apartment in China it’s actually not so expensive. Last apartment we have rented in Suzhou was for less that 500usd with previous 800 usd in Shenzhen plus utilities, but it was really nice two bedroom apartment in the city center.In a smaller city in China apartment can cost as less as 200usd if you like to stay in small city, which I think can be a good experience for few months.

It’s also quite easy to find a teaching job in China so you will have money for living and saving as well.

If you want to rent an apartment in China you need to use service of an agent in most cases. Unfortunately not many agents can speak English, so you may end that finding English speaking agent which can offer you high ended apartments for a higher price. If you just plan on teaching then there is big chance that school will offer you free accommodation so you don’t need to worry about all the rental process. If you still want to rent an affordable apartment on your own, then you may rely on help of Chinese friend as it may be difficult to communicate with an agent if you don’t speak Chinese.

It’s safe to rent and put your deposit on apartment in China, although we got problem with getting back deposit from our last apartment to that extent we had to call police for help.

We got almost all the deposit we gave and the reason we didn’t fight for all of it  was the fact that landlord use opportunity that we were having flight in few hours and she knew that simply we want be able to file the complaint to the court and we would miss our flight.

You know, because of these kinds of situations sometimes I feel that Chinese people don’t have any feelings. We didn’t ruined anything in the apartment which the landlord inspected very carefully looking for any reason to don’t give our deposit back. Unfortunately for her she could not find anything so simply she said she will pay us half of the money back. When the police came and I was shouting at her, she was just sitting with a smile o her face like it’s ok to steal our money and it’s just how she earns money. Her husband was so embarrassed of her act, asking her to give the money to use, without the results. Policemen also were on our side, assuring her that if we will go to court we will win and she will have to give more money besides the deposit. She was unbreakable. After one hour or so she agreed to give us 2500 out of 3000 RMB which we had to accept rushing for our flight. On our way to an airport, we just knew we just hate Suzhou, Jiangsu and these cold-blooded people. I mean really, if you stay in south part of China and in Jiangsu then you will see the difference, but it doesn’t include Hong Kong as it’s totally different story.


I am still here

Wow, I just cannot believe it’s been almost two years since the last time I visited my blog. I have so much writing to make up for. Trip in India, Poland, back in China, Philippines, Taiwan, Europe and more.

Well, we settled for one year in Suzhou, which is the longest we stayed in one place so far. It was also the most productive year for us. My husband after few years of break, finally finished his studies, I in the meanwhile started new one as opportunity showed up. Part time job, new friends and we even got electric bike which I learnt to ride on busy roads of China filled up our year. I would say we got life somehow close to what many would call normal life. But we got bored eventually, couldn’t wait to just pack our stuff and go travel again.

So we left Suzhou in July, went for travelling in Holland and Germany, visited family in Poland and here we are after few amazing days in Hong Kong, back in China.

But China is not the same. Actually it’s the same but we somehow cannot fit here anymore, if any foreigner can really fit here.

We decided that we will move to Guangzhou, after constant cold in Suzhou, high pollution and… actually nothing more comes to mind to be complained. Yes, so we are in Guangzhou already found job, as it’s really easy to find job in China, thinking if it’s  good idea to stay, if we really can live here again.

We didn’t travel so much, to say we know the world, we are not even half way done to visit whole world, but after visiting these few countries we visited we know China is not the best one.

And the main reason is not is food and lifestyle we want to have. Yes, food takes the first place. My husband for some reason doesn’t eat pork and after living in Poland for a while, loves fresh bread, bread spread, meat slices, and other goodies which cannot be found here in China. I for difference, don’t eat meat, try to eat healthy and low fat, where in China everything comes in addition of pork. “Excuse me, does this meal have meat? – I would ask the waiter, No, it doesn’t- I would here. Finally I would get my vegetable fried rice with slices of ham. What the hell but I asked, I would cursed in my mind and loud out too. But after 3 years I know that every meal, even vegetarian one comes with a slice of ham, pork, pork fat or any other meat. Everything has to have meat, and if you ask “Please don’t add meat into my noodles coz I am vegetarian.  they will still do because a small slice of pork meat has to be there, it’s not actually the meat, it’s a necessity. No, I still haven’t learn how to leave with it. And if we are on move, staying in the hotel, relocating, anything, we are just screwed. Then everyday we would wonder, what to eat today, where to go what to order, coz either it will be fat or meat (pork)not less. So in the end, if you don’t like it just take it out and pretend it was never there.

We read many blogs, expats living in Chiang Mai, amazing place, amazing food amazing weather. We are thinking- what a hell, let’s go, let’s try. I guess China is not for us anymore.