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  1. You are not the brightest light bulb in the shelf, isn't it? Renewing the visa is no problem. You should have gotten a medical report stating that you are unable to travel and a good local agent (and maybe some RMBs for the agents efforts). That would have done the trick.
  2. I have searched the same thing...my understanding is that when your work permit is cancelled you are automatically switched to a 30 day tourist visa whether or not you hand your passport in...I'd like to know the answer to this question too though.
  3. I would not assume that your International hospital bills will be paid by the taxi driver. The police may 'localize them'. You should also consider the impact the bills will have one someone who only earns 20rmb an hour. It maybe several years salary for him when he is already living under hardship. The reason why the driver might not be interested in how you are going is because they are scared to death of the liability and what this might mean to him. Most likely he will have to move his whole family back to their hometown ashamed and broke with little opportunity of future employment. I think this is something you need to consider carefully. Yes he hit you, but you were on the road, green man or not. It is dangerous here and that is a risk we take. As for the surgery required, there are many really good world class surgeons here, they will most likely be Chinese. Don't underestimate how good the local surgeries maybe cost and quality wise.
  4. Thanks for ALL your perspectives. Highly appreciated. The bottomline is this... what's a short commute for the husband will probably mean a long commute for me (and vice versa) since - as I wrote - he works so far out of town and I'll most likely be in the heart of Puxi. We have no illusions about Shanghai, its housing options and its connectivity... going in with eyes wide open and feet on the ground. We'll visit in 2 weeks for the apartment search and will put everything to the test then. Wish us luck.
  5. Finding the right accommodation with great accessibility is probably the biggest stressor of moving to a new place. I just said to my husband last night that I'm glad we don't have kids (yet)... can't imagine when we have to throw schools into the mix. At the end of the day, it's a toss up between proximity to city centre (but lengthy and potentially arduous work commutes) and straightforward work commutes (but a slight trek to where the action is). Shanghai may have its peculiarities but one faces this same dilemma in most cities to where one moves, no? Good luck UDCh. I hope you don't have to compromise too much in your search.
  6. No worries! Hub's moaning the long/crowded commute but I'm from Singapore and more than used to it. We're actually super excited about the move and plan to take Shanghai as it is... the good, the bad, the ugly I'll have the agents look at Century Park south. So far, besides the riverside properties, we've only been recommended the properties east or northeast of Century Park (Seasons Villas, Yanlord Town, Shimao Lakeside) which don't seem sensible without a car/driver. Kerry Parkside looks great but I'm concerned it's out of our budget.
  7. Nope, quitting East Zhoupu means no Shanghai for us, so that won't work. We'll certainly look into Xujiahui as well as south-of-Century-Park... though if we're going for the latter, we may as well take the easy route and find something at Skyline or Yanlord Garden and hoof it to Dongchang.
  8. Thanks SHN! I think you're quite right about the prevailing laziness of appointed agents. They don't know yet that one of us speaks the language... maybe it's time to tell them so. The hub's threshold for the commute to work is 1 hour. Your idea about Xujiahui and Jiaotong Uni stations is a great one. For some reason, although we know we'd like the FFC area, we never considered metro line 11... ostensibly because the hub's office is still a 20 min walk from East Zhoupu station, so it'll be 50 min on 2 train lines plus 20 min walk. And UDCh's point about the transit does make me shudder a little... In contrast, to Longyang from W Nanjing (20 min) or Dongchang (10 min), plus a 40 min shuttle appears to be the more "direct" route for him. The only reason Jing An Four Seasons made it to our list is that it literally sits over the W Nanjing station.
  9. Firstly, a big hello to everyone! This forum has been incredibly helpful (informative and candid) as I prepare my upcoming move to Shanghai. First order of the day... I need an apartment! I know this topic has been rehashed a gazillion times (I've read many of the threads) but I thought I'd share my story and see if any of you may have some updated advice or leads specific to our case. I'll be moving to Shanghai with my husband. We're in our 30s, no kids, enjoy going out and city living (cafes, restaurants, yoga, etc.), and look forward to both expat-oriented as well as local amenities/activities. I am ethnic Chinese and speak Mandarin, he is non-Chinese and learning Mandarin, and we've both been to different parts of China for work and leisure so not entirely unfamiliar with it. His office will be - gasp! - in the vicinity of the East Zhoupu station (Line 16), just a few kilometres away from the Pudong airport. There appears to be a company shuttle he can take from Longyang Rd station (Line 2, 7). My work location is yet to be defined but will most likely be rather central/accessible in Puxi or in the greater Lujiazui area in Pudong. Our housing budget provided by his company is 26,500 RMB. We would like to develop a shortlist of properties before we arrive in the last week of June for the apartment search so we can better direct the company rental agent (i.e. have some control since I don't trust these agents to have our best interests at heart) and have a more focused, efficient search. Ideally, we would like to decide on a place within the week we're there. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For now, our criteria are: 1. Preferred areas: a) PUDONG (along line 2) b) PUXI - People's Square c) PUXI - Jing'an (along Line 2, i.e. Jing'an Temple, W Nanjing Rd) 2. Best Metro line: Line 2 (within 10 min walking distance) 4. 3 bedrooms with 2 baths preferred; will settle for 2 bedrooms with 2 baths 5. Furnished (dishwasher and oven, washer and dryer, basic living/bedroom furniture) 6. Air-conditioning and heating 7. Double glass windows preferred 8. Electricity, water, gas, cable TV, broadband internet included 9. Gym on property preferred - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The properties we have included for consideration so far: Puxi - Jing An Four Seasons (does the advice to go for high floors on Blocks 7 and 9 due to surrounding construction still hold?) Location-wise, Crystal Pavilion seems comparable to Jing An Four Seasons so maybe we should also add that to the list? Pudong - Skyline Mansion - Yanlord Garden - Shimao Riviera Garden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I know each of the 4 properties above have had good reviews. Are there other properties we should be considering? In the interest of time, we don't want to spread ourselves too thin over too many properties... For those of you with utilities included in your lease, how well does that work? The bill goes straight to the landlord and you never have to lift a finger? And if the landlord defaults?
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