Beijing bound: Jobs hot spot for expats?

Beijing bound: Jobs hot spot for expats?

Editor's Note (22 March): Mark Zuckerberg last week stirred up debate about Beijing's air pollution with a jog through Tiananmen Square - and while it's unlikely the media mogul will base himself in the smoggy city anytime soon, many people do consider it.

With that in mind, we've brought back our expat guide to China's capital.

From bike rides through the city's endless maze of narrow streets and alleys or 'hutongs' to hikes along The Great Wall, or a meal on top of the trendy Hyatt Tower, Beijing is a vibrant city of contrasts.

In a single day the city offers a trip back in time past ancient temples, dusty streets and elderly men playing mahjong in pyjamas as well as a peek into the future where skyscrapers tower over busy shopping malls as bright pink Ferraris without number plates race past.

Love it or hate it, Beijing divides loyalties. But as the capital of the world's second-largest economy it's a magnet for professionals, particularly those working in finance and engineering.

A recent HSBC report named China as the best place to be an expatriate in the world, citing inexpensive childcare and a safe environment as significant advantages for families.

There are some significant downsides for anyone considering relocating, however, not least the worsening air pollution. If you are thinking about making the move, here's how to get hired and settled.

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