For many ESL teachers in China, I think some teachers would choose to teach in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. And Guangzhou is one of the most popular cities in China for ESL teachers as well. Well, this article shares detailed information about teaching and living in Guangzhou.
Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is an important central city, international trade center, and comprehensive transportation hub in China. The city’s vibrant lifestyle and prominent location make it an attractive place for those interested in teaching English in Guangzhou.
Population: 15.305 million (2018)
Language: Mandarin & Cantonese
Climate: Guangzhou is located on the subtropical coast, with the Tropic of Cancer passing through the central and southern regions. It has a maritime subtropical monsoon climate, with warm and rainy, sufficient light and heat, and long summers.
Public transportation: 1 international airport, 5 main railway stations, 13 subway lines (2-20 RMB), 2 trams, ferries, 14 trolleybuses, buses (2 RMB) and taxis (starting price) 12 RMB (within 3 kilometers), 2.6 RMB/km)
Cost of living: 2800 - 4900 RMB
Average monthly salary: 9129 RMB (For some well-paid teaching job on the job board of teacher record, it can be more than that)
² A Bachelor Degree (or above)
² Teaching certificates such as TESOL and TEFL (preferred)
² Teaching experience (preferred)
² Teachers from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (preferred)
² A clear background check
² Monthly salary: 9,000 RMB ~ 20,000 RMB
² Work visa support (Z-VISA)
² Accommodation (provided/allowances)
² Career progression opportunities
² Flight reimbursement
Living in Guangzhou
Famous attractions: Baiyun Mountain, Chimelong Tourist Resort, Chen's Lineage Hall, Canton Tower, Shishi Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, Shameen
Food: Guangzhou is one of the top ten gourmet capitals in China, and has the reputation of "Eating in Guangzhou". The famous dishes in Guangzhou include: the Soft-Boiled Chicken/White cut chicken, burn goose, Roasted Suckling Pig, Roasted Squabs, Lobster Poached in Chicken Consommé, Steamed Sea Bass, Scalded Prawns, Dry fry rice noodles with beef, morning tea; Snacks: beef offal, Wonton Noodle, Bowl Rice Pudding, congee with lean pork, liver, and kidney ("Ji Di” Congee)
Excellent geographical location: Being close to Hong Kong and Macau, so you can travel internationally without flying. Going to Hong Kong for dim sum, coming to Macau to play poker, and going home for dinner is totally possible. And being close to Southeast Asia, you can reach the beautiful Pattaya Beach with only a few hundred RMB and less than 2 hours by flying.