As CIO of Lenovo, Steve Bandrowczak shuttles back and forth between New York and Beijing once a month. The travel is tough. \u201cThe biggest sacrifice is to your family and to yourself,\u201d he says. But that\u2019s just the cost of doing business for corporate IT executives today. \u201cAnytime you\u2019re in a global leadership position, you\u2019re going to spend a significant amount of time traveling.\u201d\nThe bigger leap is moving to China for an extended period of time\u2014or for good. Most foreign CIOs will move into an expatriate community\u2014either apartment complexes or gated communities. \u201cThere\u2019s Starbucks, health clubs, western style shopping,\u201d says Matt Brennan, who lived in China for five months as the interim CIO for automotive parts distributor Asimco. \u201cIt\u2019s nice.\u201dBut there are challenges. Health care is not up to American standards. And those executives who bring their children will have to pay for expensive private schools, whose tuition rivals private colleges in the United States. Pollution is a problem in every large Chinese city, as is the lack of freedom to move around the country.Yet living and working in China may be more difficult for Chinese nationals who return from the United States. When Charles Wan became CIO of Shenzhen-based appliance maker Midea, he moved his family to a large employee housing compound, where there was a garden, a pool, a restaurant and a school\u2014\u201ceverything clean and organized,\u201d Wan explains. \u201cBut outside, it was a different world: dirty, noisy, busy and crowded.\u201d His American-bred daughter rebelled. \u201cThis place stinks,\u201d she told Wan, and never wanted to venture outside the walls again. After several visits, his wife and daughters decided life in China just wasn\u2019t for them.There is also widespread mistrust of Chinese who return home after years in the United States. \u201cEven though the government wants to welcome back overseas Chinese, people inside China perceive us very differently,\u201d says Wan. Still, Wan remains captivated by China\u2019s potential. He\u2019s seeking out a patent for new technology that would serve both the Chinese and global market, and hasn\u2019t ruled out a full-time return to his native land.