Removals to Beijing | International Removals to Beijing
If You’re Moving to Beijing, Schepens Can Help
Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world. For three millenium it has been the centre of political power in China and is the site of no less than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Visitors still flock to the city to see The Summer Palace, The Great Wall and The Forbidden City but Beijing has plenty of 21st century attractions too. It has the fastest internet on the planet, is currently defining technology’s cutting edge and is virtually a cashless city.
This cosmopolitan megacity has been described as the 21st century ‘New York’, but there’s quite a bit for expats to acclimatise to.
Here’s 5 ways Beijing may take you by surprise:
1. Brush up on Your Mandarin
The large international expat community is a great resource for newcomers, but it can also give you a great excuse not to integrate with the city’s real culture. Making the effort to meet local people, eat in local restaurants and shop locally isn’t easy, especially when you’re living in one of the world’s largest cities. Learning basic Mandarin can make a huge difference. It’s the equivalent of a handshake to start a relationship.
2. Be Prepared for Pollution
It’s no secret that Beijing is one of the most polluted cities on the planet. So it’s well worth planning how you’ll cope with it before you arrive. Readings in 2018 showed the concentration of particulate matter (which causes yellow smog) was at hazardous levels. You’ll need air purifying machines for your home, and air masks for walking in the city.
3. Don’t Drink the Water
Beijing water is extremely hard, which leaves your clothes feeling starchy, and your skin feeling weird. This is because it contains magnesium and calcium. The simple way to manage this is to have water filters attached to your taps and shower. Even with a filter, don’t be tempted to drink the water out of your taps. Locals drink bottled water, or use water coolers.
4. Chemists are Non-Existent
Whilst there are a number of world-class international hospitals scattered across the city, you won’t find a chemist. Instead there are apothecaries, or traditional Chinese pharmacies. Most British medicines have a Chinese equivalent but there are a number of items that are extremely hard to find. Take your own stock of moisturisers, tampons, and stick deodorant.
5. Shed Your British Reserve
You may think shoppers are outlandishly aggressive when you first arrive in Beijing. In truth, what you’re seeing isn’t aggression, it’s a culture where haggling is the norm, which requires you to assert yourself. When shopping in markets, or in the street, always assume that you can get the published price down. It will take a while to get used to, but once you take the plunge, haggling can be fun!!
Use Schepens for Your China Removals
Clients moving to China tend to feel overwhelmed by the amount of planning required for an international move. Schepens has been helping families to move to China for the past 40 years. Our removals co-ordinators are experienced in the logistics of moving to China, and they will be available to help and guide you every step of the way.
Tailor-Made Removals to China
We have never yet encountered a ‘standard’ move to China, which is why we don’t offer standard removals packages. Instead your dedicated Move Co-ordinator will spend time, early on, finding out exactly what will be included in your removals plan. We’ll provide a detailed free no obligation quote reflecting your specific requirements – that way, you know there won’t be any nasty surprises.
We offer a broad range of services, including:
Packing: Our BAR trained removals teams can pack up your home for you, label your boxes, and create a detailed inventory for shipping.
Insurance: We insure all your goods during shipping. Should you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, we can arrange cover.
Non-Standard Goods: If you’re planning to ship antiques, works of art, or musical instruments, we can arrange bespoke packaging and shipping.
Self Storage: Should you need to store any of your goods in the UK, Schepens provides local self storage facilities. We offer a door-to-door service, and a secure, climate controlled environment.
Transport: Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.
A Client-Centred International Moving Company
Schepens has been offering international removals for over a century now. And our goal – to minimise the anxieties associated with our clients’ removals – has remained the same throughout. In order to achieve this, we train our employees to be members of our highly professional removals teams. They understand the need to be proactive problem solvers, and they’re always ready to go the extra mile for our customers.
“Just wanted to say thanks again for all the help regarding the move. The day went really well for us and that was down to the great team of lads you sent. They worked really hard and nothing was too much trouble, they kept smiling and in good spirits even when things were more tricky that first envisaged. Please thank them for us again; we couldn’t have done it without them.”