Despite concerns about pollution and slowing economic growth, China offers expatriates the best overall experience, according to a HSBC survey.
The bank's annual Expat Explorer Survey polled over 7,000 expats based in 100 countries across the globe and ranked countries on various measures which fit into three categories: economics, experience and raising children abroad.
China topped the list in 2013, leapfrogging from the seventh position in last year's survey and displacing Singapore – last year's leader – which slipped to the third position overall. High rankings in the economics and experience categories – second and third respectively – were behind China's ascent.
"Despite the recent slowdown of China's wider economy, nearly seven in ten expats (69 percent) moved to China to take advantage of better job opportunities, closely followed by Singapore (54 percent) and Hong Kong (41 percent)," the report said.
The report showed Asia as whole was increasingly attractive due to high salaries, low living costs and ample opportunities for social activity.