How to Find an Apartment in China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

China is located in Asia. The official language is Chinese. The largest cities are Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Below is a selection of the best resources for searching for an apartment in China.

China Apartment Search Engines

When I’m looking for an apartment abroad, I normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.

  • Ganji: Ganji is one of the first sites I would try out. It is best to use Google Translate or get a friend who can read Mandarin to help you as the site is entirely in Chinese.
  • G58G58 is a solid website. Similar to the caese with Ganji, you need to get a friend who can read Mandarin or use Google Translate.
  • Smart ShanghaiSmart Shanghai is a good English-speaking site. Good for Shanghai rentals
  • FangFang is an extremely busy website with a terrible design, but it has quite a few apartments to choose from, making it a decent place to check out.
  • Anjuke: Anjuke is a great site if you are looking for a place to stay in Beijing.

Classifieds and Real Estate Agents

You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds and real estate agent listings.

  • Craigslist: Pioneers in the internet classifieds space. These guys have tons of China apartment options that are updated daily. Craigslist is the first place I would check after testing out the China-specific search engines.
  • Baixing: Baixing is a giant Chinese classifieds site.

General Apartment and Housing Search Engines

If you have already exhausted your options above, check out the general apartment and housing search engines below.

  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a great destination for vacation rentals. Search around this site to see what you come up with.
  • HomeAway.comA giant in the vacation rental space with properties featured in countries around the world.
  • AirbnbAirbnb has properties displayed for over 185 countries. You can often get some pretty good deals for short term rentals.

Useful Articles and Blog Posts

Check out the useful articles and blog posts below for more information to help you with your apartment search.

  • Anglo InfoAnglo Info has quick information on rental agreements in China.
  • Beijing AbodeThis post from Beijing Abode is really good and offers unique insight into how to get an apartment in Beijing.
  • Just LandedJust Landed has a quick primer on finding accommodation in China.

There you have it. The best places for finding an apartment in China. If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my article on how to find a job in China as a foreigner. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in China. Enjoy your stay!

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