Moving to China

Moving to China
Essential Info for China


Population: Over 1.379 Billion
Neighbouring Cities and Countries: (North Korea, India, Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam)
Geography: Located in Southeast Asia along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean
Political System: One Party One State
Major Religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism
Main Languages: Mandarin Chinese
Currency: The Renminbi (CNY) USD Exchange Rate 6.6-7
Time: GMT+8
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Three-pin rectangular blade plugs are most common.
International Dialing Code: +86
Emergency Contacts:
Police (Calling): 110
Police (Text message): 12110
First-aid Ambulance: 120
Fire: 119
Traffic Accidents: 122
SOS in Water: 12395
Weather: 4 Seasons
(Winter, Spring, Summer And Autumn.)
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Cost of Living:
Transport and Driving: Transportation costs of public transport (MTR) (TAXI) (BUS) can be kept to a minimum for someone based in big city like Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, which have reliable and affordable public transit systems. Many other people choose to cycle or ride scooters, which is often the easiest and cheapest way to travel short distances in China.

Accommodation: Most expats will find their largest expense to be accommodation in China, especially if they're based in Beijing or Shanghai. Expats tend to congregate in the suburbs near the city centre that have higher-than-average accommodation prices.

Cost of Food in China:
Eating out in restaurants is generally affordable, although some establishments are cheaper than others. An expat could eat breakfast out from as little as 10 RMB to a more realistic 30 RMB. Lunch costs upwards of 15 RMB for some local cuisine or around 80 RMB per person for a good Western lunch. A fancy brunch or dinner can cost about 600 RMB per person, but it's possible to get a decent Chinese meal for 35 to 110 RMB per person. A typical Western dinner will cost about 100 to 200 RMB per head.

Taxation: Resident companies are taxed on their world incomes and the nonresident companies on the Chinese incomes.


Requirements for NETs Teachers in China

  • Between 22 and 65 years old

  • Native English speaker or non-native with fluent English and a clear accent

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject

  • TEFL certificate preferred (No TEFL? We recommend in TESOL)

  • New and experienced teachers welcome (full training provided)


Salary & Benefits for ESL Jobs Teaching English in China

  • Excellent salary: 8,000 – 22,000 RMB (1,200 – 3,300 USD) per month

  • Accommodation provided: Western style, furnished, near the school

  • Flight allowance

  • Performance based bonuses

  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa and residence permits provided

  • 11 days national Chinese public holidays plus 11 days personal holidays

  • Health insurance

  • Paid TEFL course (for those without one) or sponsorship of further teaching qualifications

  • Airport pickup and welcome pack

  • On-going training and academic support

  • Promotion opportunities