Wuhan is attractive to foreigners because, unlike large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, Chinese culture is well preserved and the cost of living is lower, according to Yang Fan, owner of Wuhan's largest English-language website for the expat community. Yang founded Wuhantime.com in 2004 to help the city's expats connect with their peers and locals. The website, which has nearly 6,000 registered members, has since expanded its service to translation, car rental, relocation and business consulting. He estimates there are about 10,000 expats in Wuhan. While that number is small compared with large cities, it has been growing fast with the economic development of the city. Fan says many expats are working as teachers, engineers, managers and freelance writers, with many in the manufacturing and information technology industries. With the large number of universities and higher educational institutes in the city, Wuhan also provides plenty of opportunities for foreigners to teach or study at the institutions. For entertainment, Yang says expats like to frequent bars and restaurants after work, with the popular ones being the Toucan bar in Hanyang, Blue Sky in Hankou and VOX in Wuchang. The restaurants at Wuhan Tiandi are frequented by many expats. For businessmen who plan to relocate and live in Wuhan, Yang says they should be prepared. 'Wuhan is not as open or Westernised as the coastal cities, so they may need a little time to adapt to life in the city, such as the social customs, before they can move around freely,' he says. Janie Corum, chairwoman of the executive committee of AmCham's Wuhan chapter and manager of Aloha Business Service Company in Wuhan, agrees. She suggests that foreigners need to come with an open mind in order to make a smooth transition. 'Wuhan is a wonderful city filled with many wonderful people, both local and foreign. Bring some favourite things from your home that will help you to make your new home comfortable and familiar,' she says. Corum, who has lived in Wuhan for more than eight years, says for foreigners considering relocating to Wuhan for business, the most common challenges are to find proper education for school-age children, Western-standard health care, which is still limited, familiar food and suitable housing.