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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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Beijing forbidden city

Life in China

Hey guys seen that bad review through echo and I bet it’s made some people nervous about coming over to China… I came to Beijing a year ago through Ben and it’s easy to say it’s the best decision iv made… It’s been a bumpy ride as I have experienced an agency like echo, but now living here is easy… I work for a company called First Leap, and the benefits alone would bring you here ? I work no more than 30 hours each week, and earn a nice wage! Enough to get me an apartment in the CBD…

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Hangzhou Cityscape

How money works in China

All about that dollar…. *Yuan Currency  The Chinese currency is the Ren Min Bi (lit. people’s currency).  However people also refer to the currency as the Chinese Yuan. To complicate things further, in China, you will often hear the word ‘Kuai’, meaning ‘piece’ used to refer to money. Kuai is a colloquial expression used in the same way we say ‘quid’ in the U.K or ‘bucks’ in the U.S. The note denominations are 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 & 1 RMB notes. There are also 1 RMB coins along with 5 mao and 1 mao coins. 10 mao makes 1…

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Train station waiting room

7 Cool things to do in China on your day off

With so many new things to see and do in China there are no excuses for feeling bored. Here are seven ideas to get you started. Play badminton in the park Badminton is a popular past time in China and in he parks there are almost always numerous badminton courts marked out and waiting for your patronage. Many parks charge a modest entry fee for admission usually around 2 rmb (20 pence/ 30 cents) and once you are in the park playing badminton on the courts will be free. Badminton is great exercise and often you will make new friends…

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