Teaching in Shanghai
Shanghai is an incredible city and is seen as the engine of China and is one of our most sought-after locations for teaching jobs in China. Shanghai is home to of over 20 million people, with an expat population in the hundreds of thousands, many of whom are English language teachers dotted all over the city.
Many English teachers we’ve talked to describe how they ‘fell in love’ with the city when they first moved there. They constantly mention the famous ‘French Concession’ area along with some of the famous nightlife spots.
Location and Transport
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 area.
In addition, 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 in particular, 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 many teachers can choose to escape the constant buzz of life in this big city. Currently, The Shanghai Disneyland Resort, which opened in June 2016, is a popular tourist destination and the venue of ‘World Expo 2010’ is another option worth checking out.
Shopping and Amenities
Shanghai city 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 for teachers to find excellent bargains. You can find everything you can think of at these big markets from shoes, bags and silk to china, books, DVDs and even pearls – all the souvenirs you can imagine for family and friends back home! Shanghai is also home to several professional sport teams, including football, and offers any TEFL teacher a multitude of options when it comes to playing sports or just 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 and years to get to just a fraction of them!