If you’re thinking of teaching in Asia, you may have considered the well-known cities of South Korea or China, such as Seoul, Beijing or Shanghai – all of which have many advantages for teaching jobs. There are, however, some great smaller (by Chinese standards) cities along China’s eastern and southern coasts, which are a great alternative for those of you looking for a coastal location who don’t want the clamour of a major Tier 1 city.
Here at Teachers For Asia, we’ve put together a short list of some locations to consider if you want a combination of lovely scenery, top tourist attractions and yet easy access to China’s major cities, together with a choice of teaching opportunities. Read on for more information:
Xiamen is a tourist city in Fujian Province on the southeast coast of China and is famous for its attractive seascape. Xiamen mainly consists of Xiamen Island (the main part of the city), Gulangyu Island (a popular tourist area, boasting attractive colonial houses and which is car-free), the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong’an County. Xiamen is a vibrant, modern city with a great pace of life and is connected by fast train to Fuzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai to the north and Shenzhen to the south.
Wuxi is situated on the third largest body of freshwater in China, Lake Taihu, with the Yangtze River as its northern border. This scenic landscape is a backdrop for its rich traditional culture, evidenced in its ranking as one of the top ten tourist cities in China. Home to the Linghshan Buddha, it boasts many cultural sites and is a short day-trip distance to many temples, canal towns, historical places of interest and scenic areas, as well as several new theme parks. It is located halfway between the major cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, providing easy access to both cities.
Zhongshan City is in the Pearl River Delta Region of Guangdong Province, near to Guangzhou and in the vicinity of Hong Kong and Macao. Besides its cultural heritage, it has charming natural surroundings, including the water townships south of the Pearl River. Located in a subtropical humid zone, the city has an annual average temperature around 23°C. It has a vibrant downtown river area, some beautiful Buddhist temples and is an affordable place to live and work with housing being about one third that of its bigger sister cities nearby.
Ningbo is located on China’s eastern coastline, in Zhejiang Province, with Hangzhou Bay to the north. One of China’s oldest cities, it is well located for access to Shanghai (2 hours away) and Hangzhou (1 hour away) and its surroundings are home to world-class temples and historical sites. Check out our Spotlight on Ningbo article for more details – https://www.teachersforasia.com/spotlight-on-ningbo/.
Qingdao is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China, lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge (the world’s longest sea bridge), links the main urban area of Qingdao to Huangdao district. Qingdao is also home to the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China. To learn more, click on this link to our article on Qingdao: https://www.teachersforasia.com/spotlight-on-qingdao/.
You can check out details for both ESL jobs and specialized subject-teaching roles in these coastal cities at our website job page: https://www.teachersforasia.com/jobs/.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!