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Your China packing essentials should include a variety of things that may be unnecessarily expensive or impossible to find in the Middle Kingdom. If you are coming to China to teach English in the near future, you'll want to make sure you have the following:
Just like any job, before being hired you can expect to go to at least one interview, if not several. Of course, finding a job in China is no different. And just like a typical interview in your home country, it is meant to give both parties more information about the other. During an interview conducted via Skype, the school will be seeking to find out more about you, and you more information about the school.Because you lack the ability to physically see the school, and the school lacks the ability to see you before signing the contract the interview carries some more weight. Both you and the school want to make sure that the other will be a good fit. There are several things that a school consiRead More
[caption id="attachment_517" align="alignnone" width="597"] Web search in Chinese[/caption]A common misconception about the Chinese language is that it is the same all over China and if you speak Mandarin, you can understand everyone in the country. The official Chinese language of China may indeed be Mandarin, but not only are there various Mandarin dialects, there are a host of other varieties of Chinese, such as Wu (spoken in Shanghai), Min (spoken in Taiwan), and Yue (spoken in Guangdong province and Hong Kong) otherwise known as Cantonese. Each town or city then takes on their own version of the primary Chinese variety of their province. The overarching label of "the ChineRead More
[caption id="attachment_607" align="alignnone" width="443"] A 5-star hotel in Shanghai[/caption]If you're traveling to China or moving here to teach English and haven't found an apartment yet, you will most likely be looking for a temporary place to stay. China has excellent international brand 5-star hotels in every major city in China. But if an international 5-star hotel is out of your budget, there are plenty of other options.Mid-range budgetDomestic 4 or 5-star hotels (in the USD$50-$80 range) are not necessarily 5 stars according to international standards. Chinese hotels are often built to look amazing but the buildings decline rapidly. Check to see iRead More
Are you on the fence about whether you should teach English in China or not? If our previous article on why you should teach in China wasn't enough to convince you, here are 5 more great reasons why it might be the best job ever.
[caption id="attachment_462" align="alignnone" width="578"] F China visa[/caption]Anyone who wants to live in China or simply visit China, needs a visa to legally enter the country. Getting a piece of paper glued into your passport seems easy enough; however, as of late, China has been adding more and more visa types which makes figuring out which China visa you need not as easy as it used to be.China currently issues a jumble of visas that cover almost half of the English alphabet: C, D, F, G, L, J1, J2, M, R, Q1, Q2, S1, S2, X1, and Z. Each visa type will vary in cost depending on the type but also the duration of stay and number of entries. Understanding the differencRead More
Unbeknownst to most Westerners, all of China is not a single unified country. There are four distinct areas of China which operate nearly completely separately from the People's Republic of China. China is a very large country with a massive population. It is no wonder then, that great divisions in culture have arisen: not only between north and south- but in other ways as well. Separated by only narrow straits of water both constitutional special administrative region of Hong Kong and Macau remain under China's 'one country, two systems' policy.
[caption id="attachment_454" align="alignnone" width="714"] Getting a ride in China[/caption]When you first move to China to teach English, you may be amazed at how well China’s transportation system works all things considered. Imagine having to construct a system to safely get 1.4 billion people from point A to point B! It’s a huge job. While the transport system in China works relatively well, it can be a bit overwhelming for anyone new to China. Here’s a quick overview of the primary forms of transportation in China.Domestic flightsWhile it’s possible to book flights within China on any international travel website, you will find the best deals aRead More
[caption id="attachment_448" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Crowds of Chinese tourists[/caption]The October first holiday in China is a celebration of over 65 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China. China's National Day holiday spans 7 days - three official days off and two weekends - and is also known as one of two "Golden Weeks". China's other Golden Week occurs during the Chinese New Year.Golden weeks are a great time to travel and Chinese people are quite lucky as it is rare for countries to allow the entire nation to be off for such a long period of time. Of course, some stores will remain oRead More
[caption id="attachment_610" align="alignnone" width="822"] A Chinglish sign[/caption]Learning Chinese is not something that you can do without help. We highly recommend coming to China to learn Chinese, but if you aren't able to travel halfway across the world, here are some of the best Chinese websites to learn Chinese on your own wherever you are right now.