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Whether you're arriving at Wellington College International Shanghai as a new staff member, parent or pupil, we want to make you feel as welcome as possible in your new home. To that end, we've designed a brief guide to help you settle into Shanghai and make the most of what this amazing city has to offer.Moving to Shanghai

For those not acquainted with the fast-paced urban centres of Asia, Shanghai can represent quite the shock to the system. As mainland China's economic capital and most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai is absolutely packed with glittering skyscrapers, impressive bridges and elevated highways, vast malls and shopping districts, not to mention rather large crowds.

While this can seem a touch overwhelming at first, you'll quickly become used to the hustle and bustle of the city, and will be able to seek out your own oasis of calm within it. Even this modern metropolis has plenty of hidden treasures which show off the rich heritage of the ancient Chinese culture, and offer you a wide range of sightseeing and unforgettable life experiences.
Medical facilities: Western-style medical facilities with international staffing are available in Shanghai. These offer international-standard family practice services, dental health, emergency medical and clinical services, though they can be very expensive. 24-hour emergency assistance is available as well as medical evacuation services. However, these may not equate to the same level of service found in your home country. Some local hospitals provide quality care but beware that most require cash in advance and little to no English will be spoken.

The most comprehensive hospital catering to expats and the only full 24-hour emergency services is Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics (SUFH). Wellington has arranged a comprehensive medical insurance package for staff members, who can view the full details at their leisure.

Optical: Opticians and optical services are also widely available throughout the city. Contact lens solution is also easily attainable Huashan Hospital in Puxi has a very competent international optical division.

Smog and air quality: While the problem is much less severe than in Beijing, Shanghai does encounter days of poor air quality, which can be a concern especially for families with young children. In order to remain aware and prepared, it's highly recommended that you purchase good quality air filter units for your home, as well as face masks for when you're outdoors. We also recommend that you download an air quality tracker app for your smartphone.

Water: While the water from the tap is perfectly safe for washing and cleaning, drinking it is not recommended. It is much safer and healthier to buy bottled water which can be found easily and cheaply in all supermarkets and convenience stores. For convenience's sake, we recommend buying a water dispenser for a few hundred yuan (available in all supermarkets) with large refillable barrels which can be ordered in for 20RMB/barrel.

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