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Key Facts

Official Name: The People's Republic of China - PRC

Capital City: Beijing

Official Languages: Mandarin

Religion: Atheism

Currency: Name: Renminbi (Rmb) Unit: Yuan (¥)

Time Zone: GMT + 8 hours

Country Domain: .cn

Country Tel Code: 86

Moving to China

China is the world's most populous country and in recent years has become a dominant economic force in the world. One of the world's oldest continuous civilizations, China has throughout its history nurtured the cultures of the East in the same way that Greece and Rome spawned Western civilization. The arts, science, writing system, philosophy, religions, and social order that developed in China have had tremendous influence on the countries of East Asia as well as the Western world.



The People's Republic of China is a one-party state, controlled by the CCP. Mainland China is ruled by a Communist Politburo of party elders, a State Council or Cabinet, and the National People's Congress, the NPC, which is a legislative body.



In recent years, China has boasted one of the fastest-growing economies in the world


The type of available housing varies city by city. Larger cities with more experience in accommodating expatriates have a larger selection, while smaller cities just beginning to welcome foreign residents may offer only hotel accommodation.


Educational facilities are improving and expanding rapidly; however, as applications increase, waiting lists are becoming common. It is imperative to register your children at the school of your choice as early as possible.

Most schools offer a bus transportation service, but this is usually at an extra charge.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for China and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Shanghai Office

Address: #1701-02 & 16, 17th Floor, Tower B, The Place, 100 Zunyi Road, Shanghai 200051
Telephone: +(86) 21 6233 9700
Fax: +(86) 21 6233 9005
Manager: James Gooding

Let us assist you with obtaining a China visa, finding an apartment or school in China!

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