All posts by Ben Noon

TEFL teacher and proud president of ChinaTEFLer.com.

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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The deserted Shanghai Metro during the virus outbreak

Teacher life in Coronavirus China

As China battles the new strain of Coronavirus the countermeasures have influenced daily life all across the nation. Here’s a selection of teachers in Chinese cities across the country and a look at their daily life under the virus prevention measures adopted by the authorities to stem the spread of the virus from its Epicenter in Wuhan city. Aaron, Beijing. 1100 km North of Wuhan   I was home in Liverpool during spring festival so I got most of my information about this deadly virus was from the British media. It created a lot of fear in my household, and…

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The confucius institute at the University of Nottingham next door to our office at Noon Elite Recruitment. Many test centres are based on university campuses and they are prestigious buildings.

HSK – Everything there is to know

HSK. You hear it when looking at Chinese courses, on job adverts and see it required on University courses. But what is it and why is it worth looking into? This post is is all things HSK.  What it shows, why to take it and what it stands for? Here’s everything you need to know… What it is HSK stands for hanyu shuiping kaoshi. This literally means Chinese language water level examination. More accurately translated to Chinese language level exam, or, examination of your Chinese language level.  The examination is run and accredited by Hanban, a department ran by the…

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Japanese Shrine

Five Asian travel destinations for teachers in China

Living and working in China provides teachers with a stable base from where they can explore Asia. Not only does teaching in China pay well, flights to neighbouring countries are often highly affordable; it’s no surprise that many take time during or after their contract to see what the continent has to offer. Inspired by a past teacher, below is a list of our favourite destinations, along with some information and photographs (all taken by an ex-teacher, using his Chinatefler salary!) Japan The Land of the Rising Sun is picturesque, enchanting, and at times bizarre. Cultural oddities such as the…

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