Shanghai is an incredible city and seen as the engine of China. It is one of our most sought after locations for teaching jobs throughout Asia.
As a city, Shanghai is comprised of over 20 million people. The expat population numbers in the 100,000s with a large population of English language teachers dotted all over the city. Many of our teachers that we have placed have described how they ‘fell in love’ with Shanghai when they first moved there. They constantly mention the famous ‘Former French Concession’ area along with some of the famous nightlife spots. We have established a strong base in Shanghai, so it has become one of our ‘hub’ cities where we have helped 100s of teachers find work the past few years.
In terms of geography, Shanghai is located on the mouth of the Yangtze River. It is recognised around the world as a cultural, financial, and commercial hub. It has one of the fastest-growing public transportation systems in the world with excellent subway, bus and taxi services. The general road infrastructure is considered one of the best in the world. Also with its’ famous high speed ‘bullet trains’ servicing Shanghai stations from most parts of modern China, you are spoilt for choice for methods of travel. The Shanghai skyline is a popular sight, showing off incredible 21st century architecture which many consider is unmatched around the world. This includes the famous Oriental Pearl Tower and currently construction is underway for the ‘next tallest building’ which will fit in brilliantly to this impressive skyline.
The Bund, which is located on the bank of the Huangpu River across from the super modern Pudong district, hosts stunning early 20th century architecture. With French and British influence particularly apparent, the building styles range from neoclassical to art deco, and will wow any fan of architecture. Although skyscrapers are everywhere in this enormous city, it has managed to retain traditional features, such as the Yuyuan Garden and Shikumen lanes.
Shanghai also offers many green spaces, where teachers can choose to escape the constant buzz of life in this big city. The Shanghai Disneyland Resort opened on 16th June 2016 and provides a great variety of entertainment for a day out with a difference. The former venue of ‘World Expo 2010’ is another option that’s really worth checking out.
Shanghai is a renowned fashion capital with a fantastic mix of western and traditional designs. Many English teachers love this aspect about life in Shanghai. Famous shopping areas, like Nanjing Road and all of its’ connecting streets, offer endless opportunities to find excellent bargains. You can find everything you can think of at these big markets; shoes, bags, clothing, china, books, DVDs, pearls, silk, household goods and all the souvenirs you can imagine for family and friends back home. Shanghai is also home to several professional football teams, as well as other professional sport teams and offers any ESL teacher a multitude of options when it comes to playing sports or spectating.
Like any major city, museums and galleries are everywhere and Shanghai residents love to go to the cinema and theatre. In terms of food options, Shanghai boasts some of the finest cuisine in the world, and offers a seemingly endless number of local and international restaurants. We’ve heard our teachers say that even if you visited a different restaurant each day in Shanghai, it would take years to get to just a fraction of them!
We have placed 100s of teachers of all levels into Shanghai over the past 5 years, ranging from beginner ESL teachers up to those with professional teacher qualifications and years of experience teaching in their specialist subjects. TFA are always hiring for a wide variety of teaching positions in this fascinating world capital city. Check out our Jobs board to learn more about what positions are on offer. If you are new to teaching you can look at our many opportunities for ESL teaching (both private academies and public schools) and if you are coming from a more experienced teacher background, with professional teaching qualifications, you can check out our International School Jobs board with a wide selection of highly sought after positions teaching in your specialist subject. Get in touch to set up a skype call with one of our friendly placement specialists so we can get things moving for you.