MTV Cribs: The China edition
What will my Chinese apartment look like?
So you are interested in teaching in China, maybe you have even chosen which city you want to live in. However, there is still that lingering mystery of what kind of place you will actually be living.
Moving to a new country is always pretty much be a leap of faith, especially when it comes to living quarters. If only there was some way you could see what typical apartments…
Well, luckily there are plenty of foreigners who have already been to China and taken videos of their apartments for your viewing pleasure!
These videos are from a range of expats including teachers, vloggers, and other professionals and they come from a range of locations around China.
I have grouped them by City/Province/area so it will be easier to find the apartment tours that are applicable for you and the city you will move to.
Just click on the place you want to see the Chinese apartment tours of.
Note: You will need a VPN to access the videos as they are all hosted on Youtube.
Choose your area:
Lauren Without Fear gives a detailed overview of the process of getting your own apartment and the local area. In this video, she is talking about living in Beijing.
Oneworld2hearts are an interracial couple – Korean boyfriend, and Colombian-American Girlfriend. They give their tour of their Chinese apartment in Beijing.
Mark Torch tells us about their interesting, strange, new ‘roommate’ and gives us a tour of their Chinese apartment in Beijing:
Austin Guidry gives a tour of his apartment in Chengdu. Austin has become an expert on China as he has been in China for a long time. In fact, I was watching his videos when I made my decision to come to China. He has a lot of useful videos on his channel and, as he says in the video, you can get a pretty good impression of the kind of Chinese apartment foreigners can get here in China from his channel alone.
Austin back with another Chengdu apartment:
Here is my first apartment in China, a shared apartment provided by the school. There are more details on this apartment in this blog post here.
Apologies for the terrible sound!
And this is my Chinese apartment that was again provided by the school, but this time it was within the campus. Living on campus comes with some good sides and also some downsides!
Clockwork lemon gives a tour of their apartment in the Northern city of Harbin. Note: Check out her important tips about the washing machine!
Kaila Smith with her apartment that she was provided by her school. She has an interesting shower/toilet combo!
This video is from Colin Abroadcast and his bargain priced 6 bedrooms, two-storey house in Hefei. Check out his channel for interesting insights into general life in China including breaking into ghost towns and getting the best deals at night markets.
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Syifa Adriana gives us a tour of her friend’s Chinese apartment in Hohhot in the Inner Mongolia province of China
Nav San gives an apartment tour (and street tour) of his living quarters in the SoHo district of Hong Kong.
Luke and Jade are a young couple living in China and they got their Chinese apartment provided for free. They present their apartment in the Jiangsu province below:
Wale’s Vlogs takes you on a tour of her super cheap 100 US dollar apartment in Jinzhou, Liaoning. This is an example of just how cheap you can get a decent apartment for here in China
Lauren without fear again but this time she is living in Nanjing. Another detailed explanation of what life in China is like but this time in the context of a Chinese apartment in Nanjing.
Fancy Nancy takes you on a tour of her clean and modern apartment in Shanghai. She shows what a typical Shanghai apartment looks like.
Black Girl in The ROK shows us another a typical Chinese apartment in Shanghai:
Jenny J Zhou gives her feedback on her apartment in Shanghai. She says in the video that it costs her 4750RMB per month (not including bills). This gives you an idea of the contrast in prices between Tier one cities such as Beijing or Shanghai and smaller cities.
Renting an apartment in Shenzhen can be quite steep compared to smaller cities as it is a tier one city. However, it is still an incredibly popular city amongst expats.
Wanderlust and Cravings show her ‘humble abode’ in Shenzhen in this video. A nice 300sq. ft apartment in Shenzhen city full of sliding glass doors and durian fruit.
Frank Macri is a vlogger who has lived in China for a while and traveled around Asia but now lives back in the United States. Check out his video of his Chinese apartment in Shenzhen (although I don’t recommend the Dalai Lama poster here in China!)
Which apartment was your favourite?
If you know any other videos that you think could be added to this list send me an email and I will add it! If you have any other questions you can email me about that or add your question to the comments below too.