The Zhang Family

After travelling throughout 2002 to all the capital cities of Australia, the Zhang family found themselves enamoured with the vibrant local culture, peaceful green surrounds and welcoming community of Adelaide.

Fast forward to present day and Jianguo Zhang and Fengjuan Gu, along with their son, daughter in law and two granddaughters, now reside in a penthouse apartment on South Terrace. The extended Zhang family are awaiting the completion of purchased apartments at One on Flinders Street as their permanent city home however have plans to keep the South Terrace apartment as the perfect place to welcome visiting family and friends.

The Zhang family on their city apartment balcony

Adelaide’s unparalleled ease of accessibility is integral to the family’s lifestyle, where they choose to take in the city surrounds by foot instead of by car. Every day, Fengjuan and daughter-in-law Xiaolin stroll down to the city’s multicultural heart, the Chinatown precinct. After stocking up on beautiful fresh produce from the Adelaide Central Market and the surrounding Asian supermarkets, they either wander home to cook or meet friends for lunch.

Mural in Adelaide Central Market
photo-icon South Australia Tourism Commission

Fengjuan said, “We would love for more of our family to migrate to Adelaide. The city is flourishing, and it is so easy to meet friends and form connections.”

Favourite family outings include shopping in bustling Rundle Mall, visiting the Adelaide Zoo or Adelaide Oval. Granddaughters Hanying and Hanyun have delighted in the city’s world-class program of events, witnessing the colourful and lively National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant which is the second-largest parade of its kind in the world. Peaceful weekends are often enjoyed soaking up the sunshine with a picnic in the Park Lands.

Santa at the Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Hanying and Hanyun love attending Pulteney Grammar which is less than a ten-minute walk from home. As one of the top ten best schools in South Australia*, Pulteney Grammar was an easy choice for the family due to the exceptional standard of education.

“The girls have thrived in the stress-free environment with the attentive support of teachers,” said Mr Zhang.

Jianguo Zhang has also found Adelaide to be the perfect landing spot to launch new commercial ventures while also overseeing his existing businesses in China. Jianguo initially moved to Adelaide with a 163 business migration visa, which allowed him to start a wine exporting business, before applying for permanent residency. South Australia’s reputation as one of the major wine capitals of the world has enhanced the business offering with various international suppliers expressing interest in importing the State’s wine.

South australian winery sunset

Jianguo’s son, Xinwei Zhang, is also at the helm of the family businesses, migrating to Adelaide with the 132 business migration visa. The visa is open to company owners who have a successful commerce history and wish to do business in Australia. The father and son duo is able to easily oversee their construction company based in Shanghai both externally from Adelaide and through travelling between the two cities. Direct flights to Shanghai and the close proximity of the airport, only 15 minutes from the city centre, makes this a stress-free proposition. The current unprecedented strength of the local economy has presented Jianguo and Xinwei with ample opportunities to extend their expertise in development within the Adelaide city centre through the investment of commercial property.

The Zhang family in their city apartment