Foreigners working in China: The prosperous country offering us unlimited opportunities

Berenice Zandonai in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Pagoda), an ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists in Xi’an. (Photo/Xinhua)

The extensive and profound Chinese culture, continuously optimized investment environment, ever-growing job opportunities; China has become increasingly attractive to foreigners with a Chinese dream, Xinhuanet.com reported on Nov. 20.

With the country’s continuous efforts to open its market up to the world over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, China has invited more and more foreigners to work, study and live in the country, providing those who come with great prospects.

Berenice Zandonai is a French woman who fell in love with a Chinese man named Huang Zhen when he moved to Toulouse, France to study. Following Huang, Berenice Zandonai came to China soon after graduation, and got a job in a French apparel company in Shanghai, staying there for seven years between 2007 and 2014.

In 2014, the couple returned to Huang’s hometown Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi province, and co-founded a studio to provide customers with creative cultural products. They use a variety of methods such as hand drawing, illustration, We Media, and the development of original cultural products.

They are also focused on publicizing traditional Chinese culture and promoting cultural exchanges between China and France, launching a number of GIFs featuring the intangible cultural heritage projects of Shaanxi, publishing many bilingual audiobooks for children, and translating and editing French subtitles for many Chinese movies and stage plays.

Berenice Zandonai and her husband Huang Zhen check out their products. (Photo/Xinhua)

Alexandra plays violin in front of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo/Xinhua)

Majoring in violin performance in a Polish conservatory of music, Alexandra worked as a violinist for an orchestra in Guiyang, capital of southwest China’s Guizhou province, from 2014 to 2017.

After passing the exam, Alexandra became a violinist for the orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, China’s top theater of performing arts. Alexandra said working in the theatre has great benefits, explaining that she not only gets the opportunity to play with outstanding musicians from around the world, but she is also exposed to various musical forms and instruments.

Alexandra walks by the National Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo/Xinhua)

Alexandra in a rehearsal with other members of the orchestra. (Photo/Xinhua)

Stephen exchanges ideas with his colleague in the NETZSCH workshop. (Photo/Xinhua)

Stephen, 48, is from Germany and has lived in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu province, for over ten years. He first came to Lanzhou on a business exchange in 2005, and was deeply attracted to the unique culture of the city, which is located on the Yellow River.

In 2006, Stephen was again dispatched to the city, this time by the head office of NETZSCH Group, a world famous German machinery manufacturing company, to become its marketing manager. Today, Stephen is the international sales manager of NETZSCH (Lanzhou) Pumps Co., Ltd, NETZSCH Group’s first wholly-owned enterprise in China.

In 2009, Stephen fell in love with a woman from Lanzhou, got married and settled down in China. He has traveled to a dozen Chinese cities with his wife, experiencing local customs and making new friends.

He goes to work like everyone else, enjoys Chinese food cooked by his wife after work, and gets together with friends at the weekend. Stephan noted that China is a great place to live and work.

“I love China,” said Stephen, adding that China is now his home. From his perspective, China’s rapid development is attracting more and more foreigners to the country, not only executives of multinational enterprises, but also junior staff in various industries.

Stephen and his wife. (Photo/Xinhua)

Wei Guo takes a selfie in the pedestrian street of Huaqiangbei. (Photo/Xinhua)

Wei Guo (Chinese name), a Dutch designer of LED panels, came to Shenzhen, one of the four first-tier cities of China, to supervise production seven years ago. Finding the local conditions and customs fascinating, he said, “After a month in Shenzhen, I knew I would stay here.”

A few years ago, Wei Guo set up a team of his own called Trouble Maker, with employees from several countries including the US, Norway and Finland, and started to design and make intelligent hardware prototypes for foreign-funded companies.

In July 2016, Trouble Maker entered the Hua Qiang Bei International Maker Center, a comprehensive platform providing a one-stop service for innovators and entrepreneurs in Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei, a sub-district which is home to China’s largest electronics market.

According to Wei Guo, Shenzhen is an excellent location for his company, as it only takes a few months to create their basic product designs and put them into mass production, whereas the designs could have taken up to two years to finish in his home country.

Wei Guo talks with an American physics scholar in Hua Qiang Bei International Maker Center. (Photo/Xinhua)