Living in china

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Introduction

Living in China is not for the faint hearted. China is an amazing country with so many avenues to explore. If you are open to new experiences, you will discover why so many people decide to move and stay here. Forget any preconceptions you have about China and you will find a culture that offers you something surprisingly familiar while at the same challenging you at every turn. This is a truly exciting mix that you can only truly understand when you’ve lived here.

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China has some of the best scenery in the world. From metropolises like Shanghai and Beijing to hidden gems like Laoshan and Pingyao, China truly is a treasure house that caters to every taste. Wake up gracefully to tai chi in the parks or frequent the many bustling public squares for breakfast. Take in the incense-perfumed temples and tea gardens or have cocktails in some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. With so many foreigners flocking to China each year it has truly become the Middle Kingdom.

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Accommodation

The cost of accommodation can range anywhere from RMB 800 to RMB 5,000 (depending on location). Smaller cities have the advantage in that you will be able to find a truly spectacular apartment for next to nothing. Here you’ll be able to get a fully furnished two bedroom apartment with kitchen, living and dining room for a fraction of the cost at home.

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FAQ

What is it like to live in China?

China is developing quite fast and many of the conveniences you find at home can now be found here. In fact, China has a lot more in common with western countries than you realize. The public transportation system here is incredibly good and rivals those in the west in terms of efficiency and quality. Malls and supermarkets are springing up everywhere and you can practically find anything online with Taobao, China’s most popular online shopping website. Chinese people are incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to assist you even with the language barrier. You don’t even have to ask.

 

I can't speak Chinees. Is that a problem?

You can teach English in China without knowing how to speak Chinese. Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. Often there is the option of having a Chinese teaching assistant to help with giving instructions and translating if need be, especially for young learner classes.

 

What salary do you pay?

Shane English offers a very competitive salary package.This is based on school location and position. In smaller locations, the cost of living is much less than the bigger cities, which means you are likely to save much more.

 

Will my teaching job provide me enough money to support myself?

You will be able to afford a very good standard of living on your salary. In fact, you would be able to see and do a lot more as your salary would afford a much stronger purchasing power than you are used to at home. You will be able to save without limiting your lifestyle. How much you save is entirely up to you.

 

How will I find a place to live?

We will show you a number of apartments from which to choose. You can also send us your preferences and we will do our best to find apartments that meet your requirements. Some schools provide free housing for their teachers while others provide housing assistance.

 

What is the social life like in China?

The teachers at Shane English create their own social events. From having barbeques to movie nights, there is always something on the calendar. Big cities will offer much of the nightlife you find at home. Smaller cities offer a more intimate environment that is a delight to explore. 

 

How will I get my visa?

We will organise all the necessary papers needed to obtain a legal 1 year work (Z) visa for you. This process can take up to 6 weeks. The papers will then be sent to you. You have to take these papers, along with your passport, application form and any other documents needed (varies from country to country, please check with your nearest Chinese embassy) to the Chinese embassy, where they will issue you with the visa within 1 week. Once it is stamped in to your passport you can enter China.

 

 

Dec 23 , 2015

Entertainment

Regardless of how small the town, there is always something interesting to do. From bbq’s at the lake to gathering at the local KTV (karaoke bars), social events are something that our teachers excel at. There are plenty of books and dvd shops for you visit and you can easily find the latest game for your console. Internet connections are really cheap and you can keep up with your favourite shows easily. Every town has its collection of bars and clubs and they’ll be sure to have your favourite drink on hand before you even enter the premises.

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