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Expats like living here - but not the spitting

MOST expats in Shanghai's Jing'an district think the city is a good place to live, a survey has found.

The Jing'an District Women's Federation handed out questionnaires to 275 expat families and carried out face to face interviews. The families were from 28 countries.

Of the total, 64 percent had lived in Shanghai for more than three years, 55.3 percent hoped to live in the city for a long time and 12.7 percent planned to live here permanently.

Asked why they would consider living here in the long term, many said they considered Shanghai a safe city with good public security.

Some respondents used the words "amazing" and "wonderful" to describe their first impressions of the city.

One respondent from the UK said Shanghai was like Liverpool ?? modern and fast-paced. Another described Shanghai as a "combination of Manhattan and Tokyo."

But there were problems too, said the federation.

Communicating with local people wasn't easy because of language problems and there were few channels for expats to get government information. There were also complaints about uncivilized behavior such as spitting and fighting for taxis.


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