Guide To China – Living and Teaching in China

China Travel Guide by Reach To Teach Recruiting - Information about living in China spanning 2009 to 2020

Guide to Living and Teaching English in China

So you’re thinking of going  to teach English in China, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Luckily for you the helpful staff at Reach To Teach have you covered. We’ve written a guide to China which is geared specifically for teachers in China. This guide has a list of useful resources for teachers considering teaching abroad in Mainland China.

We have created country guides for all the countries that Reach To Teach works in. We hope you find these guides helpful.

Administrative Tools for Living in China

When you come to China, you will make a very nice salary, depending on whether you want to work full- or part-time. Most of our part-time teachers work 20 hours per week and make around $1,400USD per month.

With the lower cost of living in China compared to other destinations, teachers should be able to save even more every year.

Teaching English in China has become more lucrative for ESL teachers every year. Full time teaching positions that combine teaching hours and office hours will add up to around 40 hours a week. Teachers will make between $1,600USD and $2,400USD per month, with many schools throwing in added perks such as free housing, free flights and contract completion bonuses.

Tips for Living in China

At the end of a day in China, you may feel a bit bonkers. The food’s different, the people are different, the language is different. There’s no harm in being frustrated by your situation, but we encourage you to rise above it. Embrace the challenges and learn from them!

  • Lost Laowai – The expat section of this website is especially useful, as you can offer advice, rant, and learn the behavior of both “good” and “bad” laowai.

As a ESL teacher in China, you’ll inevitably have some free time in need of filling. Whether you prefer to take in more cultural activities, taste local cuisine, or check out the local nightlife, these websites will point you in the right direction for upcoming events and activities.

  • The Beijinger – This website is always the first to know what’s happening in and around the capital city.
  • Shanghaiist – For students in Shanghai, check out this website to make your weekend plans.
  • Shanghai Highlights – A great resource for finding day/weekend trips outside the city – including nearby Hangzhou and Nanjing.

Learning Chinese

There are loads of online resources and language tools for learning Chinese.

Guide To China – About China

Learn about Chinese culture and more with Reach To Teach Recruiting's in-depth guide on Chinese culture.

Chinese Culture 

China is such an immense country that there is no simple way to define its culture within a neat frame. It has evolved and changed over thousands of years into what it is today, a beast that dominates the Asian continent.


Learn about Chinese history and more with Reach To Teach Recruiting's in-depth guide on the history of China.

History of China

The history of China is as long as it is interesting. No other country in the world can boast such a continued and sustained presence in world affairs, and one that still continues to grow today.


Learn about food in China. Featured image showcases food and street vendors in China.Food in China

A meal in Chinese culture is typically seen as consisting of two components.

First, a carbohydrate source or starch typically rice, noodles, or buns, and secondly an accompanying dish consisting of vegetables, fish, meat, or other items.

How to learn the Chinese language - an essential for all teachers teaching in China.Learning Chinese

Learning another language is a challenge for everyone that goes to China.
Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn, but you’ll find that learning a little Chinese will go a long with the locals, no matter where you are in China.

Different types of weather in China and all four seasons.

Weather in China

China is a huge country with many different climates and types of landscape. Whether you’re looking for winter landscapes or hot, humid summer.



Map of ChinaMap of China

Here you will find a useful map about China and where it is in relation to the rest of Asia. The map also includes 33 provinces in China and gives teachers an idea of where they might like to teach.

Guide To China – Where Can I Teach in China?

Where Can I Teach in China with Reach To Teach RecruitingBeijing City Guide                    

Changzhou City Guide                    

Chengdu City Guide 

Guangzhou City Guide             

Guiyang City Guide                       

 Jilin City Guide

Nanjing City Guide                   

Ningbo City Guide                            

Shanghai City Guide

Shenyang City Guide               

Taizhou City Guide                           

Tianjin City Guide

Xi’An City Guide

Guide To China – Cost of Living in China

Housing in China - An example of what housing looks like for teachers in China

Housing in China

There are many types of housing options for teachers in China. Some schools offer free housing, while others include a stipend with your monthly paycheck.

Some schools offer simple dorm rooms, while others offer furnished apartment. In big cities like Shanghai and Beijing, your school will likely put you in touch with a local rental agent who can help you find something to your liking.

Transportation in China - How to get around by public transportation in China

Transportation in China

China currently has a comprehensive system of modern transportation, which includes civil aviation, railway, road traffic, and water transportation. You will find plenty of ways to get around in whichever city you’re in. You might want to ride a bicycle to and from work or you might live close enough to walk. Taxis are typically cheap and easy to find. Bus systems are well mapped out, for the most part.

Phone service in China and how to get a phone.

Phone Services in China


Telephone service is available everywhere in China, but most people choose to carry a cell phone.


Internet in China - How to access the Internet in China

Internet Access in China

Internet access in China is nowadays more advanced than in many Western countries, at least in the major cities.

Guide To China – Services in China

Banking in China - This page tells you how to set up a bank account in China

Banking in China

One of the first things your will need to do as an English teacher living in China is open a local bank account. Your school will assist you in setting up your bank account.


Medical services in China - What you need to know

Health and Medical Care in China

Health care is widely available in China with clinics being found in every village, but in many areas the local facilities are very basic and not generally used by expatriates.


Embassy in China - Embassy services are listed here for citizens of a number of different countries around the world.

Embassy Services in China

Should you need Embassy services in China, we have listed here the offices and contact information for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.


Guide To China – Misc. Information for China

Holidays in China - A list of national holidays in China

Holidays in China

China has many holidays throughout the year that are worth noting, particularly if you are planning other travel destinations during your time off.


Sports in China - What you need to know about sports in China and how you can get involved.

Sports in China

China has a lot to offer when in comes to getting involved in outdoor activities and sports. Baseball, soccer, and rugby are particularly popular among the ex-pat community and it is never difficult to jump on a team and meet new friends and start having some fun!