Chinese citizen in the UK

08 July, 2013

01. What is your name?

Jason Zhou

02. What is your age group?


03. Where are you originally from?


04. In which country are you now living?


05. How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?

Nine years. Indefinitely

06. Are you living alone or with your family?

With family.

07. Why did you move?

After I graduated from the university in China, I came to the UK to study at the beginning. Then employed and settled in the UK.

08. How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?

Recommended by friends to study in the UK. And then it’s a long story about fate.

09. Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?

Not easy as I am not sophisticated in English as in Chinese. Yes, mainly with Chinese friends.

10. Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?

Yes, it was difficult but at least many had the opportunity. Now it’s nearly a mission impossible.

11. Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?

Never worried about the medical insurance as UK has NHS system.

12. How do you make your living in the country? Do you have any type of income generated?

Used to be a branch manager in a Chinese company. Recently changed to be self-employed as a researcher. Yes, I get paid monthly.

13. Do you speak the language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?

Yes, I speak English. And I think it’s very important.

14. Please add your thoughts on local customs and whether it's important for expats to respect/observe local customs.

Lots of difference between UK and China. For example, Christmas vs Spring Festival. It’s important for expats to respect local customs. But whether to observe the customs is a difficult question. I would say it depends on what the custom is.

15. Do you miss home and family sometimes?


16. Do you have other plans for the future?

Not quite understand this question. But I don’t have a plan to move back to China or move to other country in the near future.

17. What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?


18. What is the cost of living in your new country?

About 600-1000 pounds per person.

19. What do you think about the local people?

Very friendly, nice and gentle, although some are not.

20. What are the positive and negative aspects of living here?

Positive: good natural and social environment. Negative: far from parents, relatives and friends.

21. Do you have any tips for our readers about moving to, or living in the country?

Well prepared before moving. Once decided, facing any difficulties bravely rather than regretting and being depressed.

22. What is the worst experience you have had as an expat?

I cannot remember any bad experience. If I have to name one, I would say half of my dissertation was lost as I forgot my laptop at a train station in 2005, and I didn’t have a backup.

23. Do you have any favorite websites or blogs about the country?

Not really. I usually get information about the UK through Google. Also, I need to say some government website is very helpful, such as

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