Welcome to the Teach English in China blog!

Here you will find real stories, practical advice and opinion pieces about teaching English in China - all written by past or present teachers.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us and we'll be in touch.

So make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading. You may even decide to teach in China!


Do your research before you go, says Texan teacher

Interview

In the second of this two-part series, we continue our interview with Texan John Mandina. John is an English teacher in China and currently lives in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province. What’s been the best part of your teaching exper...

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Globetrotting teacher feels at home in Jiangsu

Interview

In the first of this two-part series, I interview 39-year-old Texan, John Mandina, who is teaching English in China. John currently lives in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, eastern China. Why did you decide to teach English in China?...

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The 8 best questions to ask before going to China

Planning

Are you ready to leave the mundane behind and teach English in China? Wait! Before you do anything else, start with some planning. This involves asking eight important questions. Ask yourself… You need to ask yourself the first few qu...

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Teaching English in China: one recruiter tells all (Part 2)

Interview

You often hear about the experiences of people who are teaching English in China. But what about the recruiters who do the hard work getting the teachers over there? To get an insight into the recruiter’s world, I interviewed Jane Qin, an ex...

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The 4 most breathtaking bridges in China

Places

China’s recent announcement that it will open the world’s highest glass footbridge made me think – what are the country’s most breathtaking bridges? Here is my top four. 1. Jiaozhou Bay Bridge (or Qingdao Haiwa...

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The new authority on China’s Xinjiang region

Reviews

If you’re thinking about going to Xinjiang, Josh Summers’ new book Xinjiang: A Traveler’s Guide to Far West China is your must-have travel companion. With almost 500 pages of exquisite detail, this book is the most...

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Teaching English in China: one recruiter tells all

Interview

You often hear about the experiences of people who are teaching English in China. But what about the people who do the hard work getting the teachers over there? To get an insight into the recruiter’s world, I interviewed Jane Qin, an experi...

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The top 6 things you should bring to China

Advice

Not sure what to bring to China and what to leave behind? The country is modernizing so quickly that most of the creature comforts you rely on are easy to pick up at the nearest shopping mall.  And, of course, online shopping is always ava...

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What is Tomb Sweeping Day?

Festivals

Also referred to as the Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day is a time to pay respect to relatives and ancestors who have passed away. The day is observed as a public holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. What Chinese people do on To...

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Teaching English in Xinjiang, China’s last frontier

Interview

Ever been to Xinjiang? Ever heard of Xinjiang? If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, you’re not alone. Located in the northwest of China, Xinjiang (pronounced “sin gee-young”) is one of the country’...

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