A British brown man in China – From Beijing to Jining

In a follow up from my first blog, I had woken up the next day in Beijing, and had to think where I was for a short moment. The realisation then dawned upon me that I was not in fact at home, blanketed by central heating, but in the colder hostel room in China. For breakfast, I thought to stick to comfort in familiarity with an egg omelette as part of me acclimatising my stomach of sorts, to avoid having any repeat of an incident similar to previous travels in Tanzania or India…always learn from experience it seems. The local…

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A British brown man in China – My chinese experience (First days)…..

I had left Heathrow airport after near four months of hurdles in embassy trips, legalisation/authentication and TEFL studying in preparation for living and working in the People’s Republic of China……. So my flight to Beijing has already started with a Chinese flare of things having flown with Air China, I had a passenger next to me who was watching the movie I was but wait – on my screen! Definitely a unique sign of things to come it seems… My ten hour twenty minute flight landed midday in  what felt like arctic wind as I passed through the transfer tunnel…

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Pagoda at night in Fenghuang ancient town.

Promotion time in Guiyang

As I’m on a morning stroll around Fenghuang’s old canal, the Guiyang branch of English First contact me. I had had an interview with them a week before, but I assumed it was just similar teaching work to what I am now used to. Turns out that they want me to their new Director of Studies, someone responsible for managing the foreign teachers team and resources, coordinating with all the other departments and recruiting potential teachers. In short, a big job. I  was pretty taken aback at first, as I believed I was too inexperienced to take on such a…

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My latest Chinese adventures

I have been living in Guiyang, Guizhou province since October 2015, and life here always seems to throw me new surprises, no matter how predictable I think the daily flow of life has become. After our hectic Summer Camp classes, we were given some time off afterwards. Me and my girlfriend decided to go to some places in Guizhou we hadn’t visited yet (when you have time off for travel you always naturally think of going to some of the best known cities in China, but that is to overlook just about how much Guizhou has to offer ) We…

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My China Experience in Hangzhou, Haida review.

Hey Everyone, I’m writing this for my girlfriend and I who spent a year in Hangzhou working for Greentown Yuhua School via the Haida agency. I’ve put it into sections which I hope is helpful. Hangzhou specifically, China generally: Great (frequently weird, in a good way) Greentown Yuhua School: The middle school was great, the kindergarten not so much (more detail below). I gave Ben’s email to the school’s foreign teacher recruiter – hopefully going directly through the school will eliminate the issues we had with the agency. Haida Agency: Fairly bad Longer review: General stuff: Our flat was lovely,…

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