Freelance journalist, author, and photographer
Navjot Singh is a British writer, and photographer who first went to mainland China in 2003. Navjot has traveled to more than thirty-seven countries; and has lived and worked in four of them as an expat, including China where he has resided for over nine years, and where he continues to spend time.
Navjot contributes to various media applications on China, South-East Asia and Asia Pacific regions travel and business advice for expats. Although China, SE Asia and the Asia Pacific Regions remain special subjects close to Navjot's heart, he is actively engaged in writing projects throughout the world.
Navjot specializes in relocation issues, and is an expert on relocation, having been an expat himself in China, Hong Kong, and Switzerland for many years. Navjot's in depth knowledge of the issues affecting expats when they relocate to China comes across clearly in his book. When doing research for the book, Navjot not only lived an expat's life , however he fully immersed himself in the Chinese culture and way of living. In this way he got to experience what life is really like on the ground in China from an economic and cultural aspect.
The 1st edition of the ‘Newcomers Handbook to China’ was published just prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. China has changed a lot since then- even though it seems like yesterday! So, now this completely revised and updated second edition of the ‘Newcomer's Handbook Country Guide: China’ focuses on Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Tianjin, and Wuxi, with additional information on Macau and Hong Kong. Its 420 pages detail issues relating to culture shock, communication, and what to bring, as well as essentials of Chinese history, housing, transportation, health care, and more. This volume is especially useful for an individual seeking employment in or transferred to China, stressing how to function in China's job market, especially the business and educational sectors.
Navjot was educated at Dulwich College; and later at Loughborough University where he graduated in with a combined Bachelors and Masters degree in Electronic and Software Engineering. He is fluent in spoken Mandarin. Navjot shares his hectic life between London, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.