What is Mandarin Chinese? Is it the same as Chinese language?

Mandarin Chinese is also called " Pu tong hua" , meaning common speech. which is based on Northern dialect. It is official language. But Chinese language has other dialects. The vocabulary and grammar are basically the same, but pronunciation is different.

What dialects do people speak in Guangdong?

Yue or Yueh is a primary branch of Chinese spoken in southern China, particularly the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi. The name Cantonese is often used, but linguists prefer to reserve that name for the Yue dialect of Guangzhou (Canton) and Hong Kong, which is the prestige dialect. The Cantonese and Taishanese dialects of Yue are spoken by substantial overseas populations in Southeast Asia, Canada, Australia, and the United States.

How much is the living cost in Shenzhen?

Shenzhen is one of the most expensive cities to live in China, but still relatively cheap compared to most Western major cities.To give you an indication of how much things cost, I collected some prices. I’m sure prices will vary a bit depending on where you buy and which brand you buy, but this should give you a good indication. I rarely eat in Western restaurants and have adopted a Chinese eating pattern. If you enjoy Western restaurants, you obviously will spend more. Living costs are relatively most expensive, house prices came down in 2008, but have risen a lot again and buying a house in a good location in Shenzhen can be expensive.

The areas near the border with Hong Kong (traditionally Futian and Luohu, but now also increasingly Nanshan) are a bit more expensive to live. Living in the center also has other benefits, for example closer to library, more shopping malls, more restaurants etc. Bao’an is currently fast expanding and when the subway finishes in 2011, Bao’an will be more convenient to live as well. Whenever you go to Bao’an (where the airport is) you definitely feel that it’s further away from the center: less high buildings, broader roads, less people.

Compared to Europe, Shenzhen is still much cheaper to live. Especially eating in restaurants in much cheaper. House prices had gone up a lot and were approaching European levels, but have since dropped off quite a lot; since the start of 2009 they are rising again. Never trust prices you see advertised online, but come here and look around. Because house prices dropped so much, it’s now easy to find a place to rent. Also realize that 100m2 is already quite big in China and it should cost below 5000Y/month.