Shanghai vs Beijing or breeze block vs brick


Since end of 2016, city renovations in Beijing seem endless; entire streets under renovation are giving the city a new face: Nanluoguxiang, Sanlitun, Chaoyang… the list is too long to be shared here, but those living in Beijing since 1 or 2 years can easily remember how the city looked like before the renovations.


We’ve seen number of articles on all the good expat medias (check our previous article about the Beijing’s best expatriates resources to know more).beijing-hutong-brickings-8

If you are living in Beijing, you may not be aware that city face-lifting is also happening in Shanghai… with however quite different technologies, since breeze blocks are preferred in Shanghai vs bricks in Beijing. Besides, walls are often built in front of the houses, most likely to reduce the noise from the road for the occupants; Shanghai seems luckier as the government selected rather large windows compared to Beijing. Below some pictures of renovations currently undergoing in Shanghai. 

At the end, everybody wants to understand what’s going on in China… why the government is renovating entire streets and with that, small business are closing – here is the key to understand what’s happening: very very few of these businesses have all legal licenses to operate (hygiene, fire department, business license, property title…); however, in the past, some could get part of the required licenses to operate; today the government can’t ask them to stop operations, but renovates the building as they were initially (without door on the street), which will force soon or later the business to close… 

If you want to know more about legal locations for your business in Beijing, contact our team in charge of retail locations, they will provide you with professional advises on the best locations to open a retail location in Beijing, depending on your industry. info[@] 


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I am living in China since 2007. I am sharing my experiences for other expatriates to make their stay in Beijing more enjoyable. As I am writing this blog for SCOUT Real Estate agency, I am also computing updates about the Real Estate market in Beijing, not only on residential properties, but as well on commercial locals and offices. Hope you enjoy your reading!