Every year, there are families and individuals who choose to resettle in China, but no matter how well the decision was thought out or how much research has been done beforehand, it all can seem so overwhelming! Everyday things such as internet usage, local water, and air may raise problems never encountered before.
This in mind, fellow foreigners and considerate folk have banded together to create guides and events for anyone in need.
Greenwave its our own! – And recommendations for knowledgeable, reliable sources.
👉 Scroll to the end for events and links
Keep reading for our guide!
(and general tips that can be applied to other areas)
Figure out what you need
Here's a question to ask yourself:
Have you encountered any issues with your water?
Some families may have settled down in a location where the water quality isn't that bad, and are only considering drinking filters. Other families may experience concerns with dry skin, and are looking for solutions to filter water for daily usage.
There are appliances to ensure the quality of water in every aspect of the household, and accessories to make life more convenient (hot and cold water without needing a microwave or adding ice!) and fun (a drink carbonating machine, anyone?).
It's all about knowing what you want, and if you really don't know, many companies offer free consultation services. Like Greenwave.
Make an informed decision
This goes without saying, but we can all do with a reminder!
Ask around and do research. 四处打听，做调查。
Is the brand trustworthy? How good is their after-sales service?
Make sure what you're buying is worth the investment!
Watch out for scammers. 当心骗子。
There are many fake companies out there feigning real companies by copying their logo, certifications, product concepts… and it can be hard to tell what's legit.
Our advice is to find a trusted network for expatriates; they're often highly regulated and can help you filter out choices to find the right one for you. Recommendations for such networks in Beijing and Shanghai can be found at the bottom of this article!
Make an informed decision. 做出明智的决定。
And that means reading up on facts from either a major news outlet, scientific organization, or the government. There are vendors who spread misinformation to gain business, so take everything with a grain of salt.
Compare, compare, compare!
After you’ve ended up with a selection of reliable choices, make sure you choose the one that is the best fit for your circumstances, be it pricing or function.
For drinking filters in particular, we recommend that you keep an eye out for reverse osmosis technology!
It's the little things
Ensure the product you intend to purchase can actually be installed and that maintenance services will be provided! During this stage, you can cooperate with a brand's customer service if you have any questions – how your product will be installed, if any customized solutions are required, maintenance times –
Naturally, Greenwave provides all of the solutions mentioned above for water (check out this compilation of water filters for residential use), and we can also get you deals on air purifying products.
We've had 10 years of experience servicing families and establishments ranging from schools to restaurants to hotels with cleaner water in 27 cities. We're a brand trusted by big companies such as Nike and official presences such as the British Council and the Irish Embassy. Our mission is to help as many people as possible with any issues regarding water and air quality, and we'd be glad to help you, too!
我们有10年的经验，为27个城市的家庭和机构提供服务，从学校到餐馆，再到提供更净水的酒店。我们的品牌深受耐克(Nike)等大公司以及英国大使馆文化教育处(British Council)和爱尔兰大使馆(Irish Embassy)等官方机构的信任。我们的任务是帮助尽可能多的人解决任何与水和空气质量有关的问题，我们也很乐意帮助你!
Beijing Arrival Survival
Annually, every August, there is an event in Beijing designed for newcomers with the aim of helping individuals, families and other groups of people settle into life in China.
Here is the link to last year's event…
If you are new to Shanghai, then attending events is the best way to learn more about life in Shanghai, make new friends and to overcome the culture shock. The Shanghai 123 events, both sides of the river there are events on the 10th and 11th of January with plenty of vendors with useful product and services for Shanghai newcomers.
SEA Coffee Morning
The Shanghai Expatriate Association are a well-established organization in Shanghai, with expats from all over the world living in Shanghai, they have a monthly coffee morning with a brunch buffet and plenty of representatives from local companies. The SEA facilitates plenty of other cultural events including trips all over China.
Be sure to check out their website and take a look at what they have to offer, the next coffee morning will be on the 13th of January at the Regal International East Asia Hotel so come by and find out more about Shanghai.
The following web links are trusted sites which provide essential and credible health information concerning living in China, especially how to take care of yourself and loved one when it comes to the air pollution.