Chinese Places

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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Standing on the frozen Songhua river in Harbin

Big city, big company, big dreams. Living and working at EF Chengdu.

I found myself in a situation where a lot of people find themselves. In the early summer of 2017 and I had just graduated. I was feeling very proud of myself, let out a sigh of relief then asked myself, “So now what?”.  Whilst looking for jobs I saw a job ad for teaching English in China and I thought I’d at least apply. Within a week of applying I had completed the interview process and received my job offer from English First (EF). I was going to live in China. Prior to starting my job, I had absolutely no…

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A Year at Depu Foreign Language School in Chongqing

‘Good morning Miss Clark, here’s your welcome pack and your school will be picking you up this afternoon.’ I had just arrived in on a flight to Beijing for TEFL training. Panic and anxiety flooded into my system, it began to sink in that I was going to be an actual teacher whether I was ready or not! Applying to be an English Teacher in China I applied to go to China through the British Council and in 2018 I managed to secure a place. The process of getting a Z visa is notoriously difficult and requires a lot of…

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My time working at Aston English in Xiangyang

Overall, I would highly recommend anyone to travel and work in China. After meeting many travellers in China, myself the true difference between travelling and working is the true levels of integration. From my personal view you cannot truly integrate yourself into the Chinese culture unless you live there for a longer period. From my experience the more you integrate the more you find yourself in true awe of how amazing the people and the culture of China really is. China is not a country that exposes its true self straight away, you must understand it before you can truly…

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