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Q: Is dongguan a nice city to live in?

I know this city has quite a reputation. But if sleaze is not really a main attraction for you, are there other things to do? How is the pollution? is it safe? Also, will it be possible to find girlfriends who aren't in the biz if you know what I mean. Is there an expat community ?

 

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7 years 17 weeks ago in  Lifestyle - China

 
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And there's me ready to unload all the typical Dongguan jokes but it seems you know about what it's famous for. I know it has a few expat bars like Helen's, which is a dirt cheap chain bar where students (in Beijing) gather - so that might be a start. Otherwise Shenzhen and Guangzhou are just down the road I guess.

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I think Donguan is not a good choice for a newbie expat to live in .... 

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Dongguan is a very large city, so like most big cities depending on where you live you will get a very different experience.  Some of the factory towns are very sleazy, dirty, smelly and unpleasant to live in, but there are some new developments, such as around Songshan Lake where a new mall with Starbucks, Costa and many other western companies and restaurants now exist.  It's also very green out that way, and a couple university campuses nearby.  Only downside is the subway won't be open for a couple more years, and the bus system is real shitty and you have to buy a ticket on the bus to get anywhere, they don't yet have working Lingnan Tong/Octopus style cards to swipe to pay.

 

They do have an expat community, but I don't know if they have an online resource.  I've seen foreigners when I have visited hanging out at Starbucks or Helen's.  As far meeting women, the best advice anywhere is to not meet women in a bar or KTV and you'll be fine.  Plenty of women there live locally and have white-collar jobs, it's not just factory girls and whores like the city has become known for.

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As a Chinese,DongGuan is a place I avoid to go,Let alone to live in,Just forget it,honestly.

Pick other cities If you can.

Good luck.

 

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In a word ' NO' .

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I have only been to the industrial areas and they were distinctly unpleasant.

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If you are seriously considering living in Dongguan, check out this site..some useful info for newbies.

 

www.nihaoneighbors.com/

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Hello i lived in DG for over 2 years, yes there a some very dodgy areas but no more then any other city i lived in china, there are a few expats there but most of them(non teachers) are are very well off and hang around the dongchen area mainly at bar street and a pub called one for the road, there really isnt much u can do in DG to be honest things are a little better now but still not very exciting, the bus's are ok a little crowded at rush hour but again no more then any other city in china and u cvan ride the bus from point a all the way around the route back to piont a again for 2 rmb, the expats there are no where near as stuck  up as the expats i have meet in other citys, i would try for dong chen nancheng areas if i was you its still a very chinese city and round eyes are still rare in some parts,

as for the place being full of gangsters and whores, u can find that any where in the world and i think its no more common there then any where else, 

the air quality is very bad there!!! very bad!!! 

its not the living hell most people make it to be but you will get bored then say SZ or GZ but living cost are cheaper,

Yes it famous for KTV girls but its no where near as bad as people make it to be and nothing like Thailand or Malaysia for that matter,

i had a very good social life there in DG most expats have a lot of house parties and i got invited out a lot and the locals that do speak english often took me out to bars and clubs for beers and when i want toi bar street it was very rare that a local didnt buy me/us a drink it does have a bit of bad rep but i found thye place to be friendly if youre not acting dick looking for trouble it very unlikely trouble will find you, 

food wise there is not much choice, some of the bars do a decent meal but its not cheap , there is just co and walmart and the normal stuff there,

 

there is a local monthly magazine called HERE DG google that and that should give you a good insight into DG, 

 

DGH is not best city in the world but its ok u will get bored quickly if youre looking for the western style night life, 

 

 

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