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Q: Is Shanghai suitable for retiring in?

I am an old codger and have lived in China for many years. However, I am reaching the end of my working years and plan to retire somewhere. I like the convenience of Shanghai: the shopping, western brands and the access to good clean reliable hospital facilities, but it's also a bit too fast paced for me. Someone suggested Chongming Island as a nearby greener alternative to the city centre. Can anyone give me any tips or advice on the facilities on Chongming?
Much appreciated.

9 years 47 weeks ago in  General  - Shanghai

 
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Chongming is greener, but still needs time to be as convenient as Shanghai.
There are some places well equipped in the center, you may have a trip there in person to find what you like.
Traffic there is quite easy now with the big bridge .

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I don't know why there is someone not local shanghainese wants to retire here. If you want to stay in China, try other city. I personal think Qingdao is great, not because my family lives there, but it's just simply a great city. It's not my hometown, my family moved there 4 years ago, my parents are enjoying their retiring life there. Just an opinion.

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I heard Qingdao was a massive shithole full of drunkards and arrogant arseholes.

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Sorry to disappoint u, I am not from Qingdao.
And if u have any problem with me just say wenna7 is blabla, don't generalize a group of people for me, I am not worth that much!!!!!!!

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the choice of cities depends upon your mood. what type of person you are and what typr of community you like to be in. shanghai is a fast paced city but its full of everything you need. from clothing to food from food to hospitals any basic requirement you have it. there are alot of foreigners as well so you can amaglate with them. Qingdao is a wonderful city i have been over there beautiful beaches, clean atmosphere.
well at the end it depends on you and your bank balance respectfully. if you can afford shanghai go over there. or its better to find a good city. jiangsu have alot of cities much developed and embracing. Xiamen is new emerging city. its really wonderful as well. but as i mentioned depends upon you monetary and bank balance

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wenna7 is blabla

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DId you ever go to Hangzhou? Maybe you can take it in to consideration.

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Ludovico u too~ blabla~~

And I feel ok. as I am a girl, girls supposed to be annoyed and talk all the time, but u really amazed me! What a man!

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qingdao,hangzhou,hainan and dalian are better choices ...

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The largest town on Chong Ming is Nan Men. It has a nice mixture of shops and open markets, is at the coast for easy ferry access, but a bit of a trip back to the bridge mentioned earlier. Nan Men has good bus service and plenty of san ren che for scooting around town cheaply.

Bu Zhen is, I think, the second largest town on the island. Not quite a metropolitan place. Plenty of decent folk and friendly merchants. Great markets.

No heavy industry on the island makes the air cleaner. Alas, the mosquito population is immense. (Smack)

CM dialect is close to SH, but stiill enough differences to make you concentrate.

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I would say that before considering retiring in Shanghai, you think about the following aspects of your "humble" old age:
- will the pension I get satisfy my basic needs in China (food, housing, etc) ?
- am I protected enough in case of injury/disease ? If you're old and foreigner, you want get any help from the local government, and the cost of a health insurance can reach "crazy" limits
- do you find myself at ease by living my daily life in China?
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I am still young, but I have already considered this aspect of life and chose to not retire in China, because the daily commodity prices will keep increasing, their is no protection (accident/disease) for non-Chinese residents and I won't be able to find quiet places where to enjoy my time...

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If you want a clean place Shanghai might be the place you want to retire at. If you are concerned about your health than don't retire in BJ until they clean up the air pollution or control it somehow. 

For chongming it's less popular and not to many people will flock to that city unlike Shanghai and BJ. That can be an advantage and a disadvantage. It's an advantage because it will probably be more peaceful for you. It's a big disadvantage because you won't get to meet so many people as frequently as you would if you were living in Shanghai or BJ.

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Hey man, you got the dough, Shanghai is ready to roll, if not, you'd better think twice

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Shanghai Baby!!

I exchanged, travelled, worked and lived there a bunch of times....and I was much younger then... like 18yro. I can tell you that it is always happening there. Something is always changing. 

However, there are quieter places on the out skirts like ....
1. Science and Technology Station
2. Lu Jia Jue

Are you going to buy a place there? I suggest Mansion Communities with high security. Their houses are bigger than ones in Vancouver and San Francisco. ---->> Hung Qiao estates.

Maybe, houses near Shanghai American School (Pudong Campus)... would be good for retiring...

How many years from now........are you retiring?

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 as wenna7 says, althoughQingdao is alittle expensive though. Nice area, clean and plenty of mixtuer of east and west. Yen Tai, close to Qingdao, less expensive and has seafood to kill for.

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