Eastern city through Western eyes. How much a typical Chinese city has changed over the past 7 years.

Guiyang is your typical Chinese city that you’ve probably never heard of. Surrounded on all sides by dramatic mountain scenery and lush bamboo rainforest, it offers a sense of adventure and difference from our sheltered western world. The city is the capital of China’s poorest province, and though they may not lead the nation by many a metric, they are the undisputed leaders of alcohol production and the locals have a very ‘vibrant’ nightlife. I first arrived in this city fresh off the plane at a bright eyed 22 year old TEFL teacher in November 2012 over seven years ago.…

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Qingdao – Where Europe meets China

Beer in plastic bags, KFC with draft beer and Medieval German churches. Where do I start?! The city of Qingdao is part of historic Shandong province where Confucius gained his claim to fame and it is also a place where you can enjoy a beach in the northern part of China. The city has a high speed station and a normal one allowing access to and from many areas of China and enjoys a pleasant climate of cool winters and warm yet not too hot summers. One of the main sites in this post-colonial town is an immaculately preserved European…

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Romp N’ Roll Kindergarden in Jining Shandong

A truly Chinese experience it was, working in a company which was part kindergarten, part preschool and part training centre in which the  branch had only one foreign teacher hired at a time and for most of the late 2018 to early 2019 it was me! The school The company was based in a Walmart shopping complex that made for very handy trip to shop for things like groceries and was part of a chain of other teaching branches that were spread around China although the central branch was in Beijing with the company originally had starting in America. My…

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Me by the I love Shekou sign in Shenzhen

My life teaching at The Affiliated International School of Shenzhen University

Greetings from Shenzhen!  I have been living and working in Shenzhen for nearly four years now.  I started my English teaching career in China working for a company in Shanghai that hires foreign teachers and places them at schools throughout the city, which can be a good way to start your Chinese journey, but after four years in cold classrooms, I decided to move south.  I chose Shenzhen because it has decent air quality (for China, anyway), warm winters, and is just across the border from Hong Kong and other interesting east Asian destinations.  It’s also a first-tier city, meaning…

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