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!


What to do in Chengdu if you’ve only got a few days

Places

I recently spent four days in Chengdu. I absolutely loved it! Most people who come to this part of China visit the panda research centre. But there are plenty of other cool things to do in and around Chengdu. So here’s my list of what to...

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Let’s celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

Festivals

This September, China will celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, it’s celebrated when the moon is believed to be at its fullest. A full moon is an auspicious sign in China. The round sha...

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12 skills you need to be a successful university teacher in China

Opinion

Usually, when you enquire about a job, you are sent two documents – a person specification and a job description. The first gives you an idea of the type of person the organisation is looking for and is basically a list of attributes that th...

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What are the top 10 cities to visit in China?

Places

What are China’s top 10 tourist cities? According to a study issued by Jiemian and Toutiao (note: sites are in Mandarin), Shanghai is one of the best places to visit in China. But it doesn’t come out on top!...

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Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 2)

Personal stories

So, you want to date in China? In my last post, I looked at a great social app to meet women online, some advice on work place romance, and a key difference between Western and Chinese relationships. Today I want to discuss some of the problems...

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Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 1)

Personal stories

So, you want a girlfriend in China? You’re single, and ready to mingle, as some might say. Maybe you’re a ‘rice chaser’? Or, to put it another way, perhaps you have ‘yellow fever’? Before beginning to teach i...

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7 weird things you will probably do in China

Daily life

While you’re living and teaching in China, you’ll have a lot of amazing experiences. You’ll adapt yourself to a culture that’s very different to your own, and see sites you always dreamed of seeing in real life. You’l...

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What happens if you get sick in China?

Personal stories

I’m normally a very healthy person and hardly ever need to see a doctor. I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to write this article. However, I’ve recently had a couple of interesting encounters with medical professionals i...

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Thinking about teaching in China? Here are 3 golden considerations

Planning

Are you thinking about teaching in China? Before you make this big but exciting decision, it’s critical that you first do your research about what options are available in China. You need to determine what you want out of your experience,...

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Do not teach in China if you have any of these 10 traits

Advice

I've been teaching in China now for nearly five years. In that time, I've seen many teachers thrive and make a success of their careers in China.  But I've also seen teachers who give our profession a bad name. That is...

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