China's best cities for expats

China's best cities for expats

Initially, Shanghai sounded less than appealing to American Andrea Duty. When her husband Chris told her that his company had offered him a position in the city, she didn't even want to discuss it.

"My first reaction was: absolutely not," Duty recalled several months later, munching on imported Spanish cheese in a Tapas bar in the heart of Shanghai.

Two months after their move, the couple is in love with Shanghai, and, like many foreigners, they can reel off an almost endless list of reasons for it.

Shanghai is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in China, and its glamour has long been a draw for foreigners from all over the world. For more than 150 years, people from overseas have found a home away from home here. Then and now, it's opportunity that drives them to settle here.

But China's recent economic woes have meant fewer expats are establishing themselves in the country. Reports indicate the number of foreigners in the city was around 255,000 around a year ago, a drop of 2% versus 2014.

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