Would you like to feel the atmosphere of a metropolis that has developed from a small fish village to the tier 1 city in China?
Then, Shenzhen welcomes you.
Formerly a small area, modern Shenzhen city consists of nine administrative districts and borders the special administrative region, Hong Kong.
The headquarters for numerous international companies, Shenzhen is one of the most important economic engines in China.
It is also one of the most popular cities for expatriates to study and work.
The city boasts a mild subtropical climate, is surrounded by mountains and the South China Sea, so the citizens and tourists can rest from noisy city life.
Overview of Shenzhen districts
As it’s already been mentioned, Shenzhen has nine districts.
Whatever you choose, you’ll find something special about living there.
We’ll have a look at three of them so you have a general understanding of life in Shenzhen.
Also known as old Shenzhen, this district represents Chinese culture.
Quite conservative and trying to preserve national traditions, it doesn’t have a lot of new and modern buildings.
Luo Hu serves as an immigration control between Hong Kong and mainland China.
It is also famous for its large Luo Hu Commercial City where you can spend hours walking from shop to shop.
Futian is a governmental, business, and economic center of Shenzhen.
The majesty of high-rises here impresses. It’s no surprise that numerous luxurious hotels are located in this very district.
There are also a lot of educational institutions including schools and a university.
An interesting fact is that you can get to Hong Kong from Futian district on foot.
This district is a home for about 40% of expats coming to the city. So you might feel quite comfortable here if you’re going to live in Shenzhen for the first time.
You’ll also like the fact that rent prices for apartments here are cheaper than in other districts.
By the way, this area has more green spots like parks in comparison with other popular districts.
Moreover, if you go to the north of the district, Shekou, you’ll discover an exciting world of mountains.
Why choosing to live in Shenzhen when teaching English in China?
Well, you might have your own reasons for choosing this very city to live and work. Perhaps, you’ve read and seen a lot about it.
Maybe, you have friends who moved to China. It’s also possible that someone has shared his/her positive experience of teaching English in Shenzhen.
Whatever your reasons are, we can add some more.
Below, you’ll find 22 reasons why life in Shenzhen is worth considering.
Cost of living
Shenzhen apartments for rent differ in prices according to a number of factors. But, as anywhere in the world, location is the main thing that determines the price.
Let’s trace the difference in prices on the example of a one-bedroom flat.
|Futian||~ 6500||~ 1100|
|Luo Hu||~ 6500||~ 1100|
|Nanshan||~ 4500||~ 750|
|Suburb districts||~ 3000||~ 500|
As you can see, rent prices in Shenzhen are cheaper than in Beijing, Shanghai, or neighboring Hong Kong.
But don’t forget that you can find even cheaper options if you’re ready to share an apartment.
Food is very diverse in Shenzhen. Whether you want to try local cuisine or have something familiar for a meal, you’ll find what you want.
Full of street food spots, fast food restaurants, Chinese and Western restaurants, this city is a perfect place to satisfy your gastronomic needs.
|Cuisine||Restaurant type||Price range, RMB||Price range, Dollars|
|Chinese, Asian||Restaurant||135 – 510||20 – 75|
|Fast food||18 -35||2.6 – 5|
|Street food||5- 20||0.75 – 3|
|International, Western||Restaurant||54 – 270||8 – 40|
|Fast food||15 – 35||2.2 – 5|
|Street food||3 – 15||0.45 – 2.2|
Shenzhen can offer you a lot of things to do in your spare time.
A good thing about entertainment in this city is that it can be free. So, count your budget and choose what you like more:
- Walk in the city
- Climb Wutong Hill to watch the city from the height
- Visit the Shun Hing Square skyscraper to see Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The view is more incredible at night
- Visit concerts, exhibitions, shows, plays, and movies
- Go to other cities
- Eat out with friends
- Go to one of the theme parks and have fun
Bars and nightclubs
Shenzhen nightlife is bright and unforgettable.
As there is a lot of youth living and working in the city, bars and nightclubs are in demand.
So, if you decide to have a night out, going to one of the local places might be a great decision.
In order not to spend much time looking for a suitable bar/nightclub, head to Coco Park in Futian district.
This area has the best night entertainment options in one place.
Whatever your destination is, you can always use public transport. Fast and cheap, it is a comfortable way to get to work/ studies/ home, etc.
In case you’re in a hurry, taxis will come in useful. But keep in mind they are a way more expensive than a bus/subway.
And those who like riding a bicycle will definitely appreciate the chance to rent one for only 2 RMB/hour.
Shenzen, China can boast a great number of cultural and historical places every tourist must see.
The window of the World includes more than a hundred replicas of world-renowned sights. So if you’re into history, this attraction is for you.
If nature is your passion and spending an hour or two walking on foot is your best way of relaxation, we recommend you visiting Shenzhen Lychee Park, OCT Bay, Bay Park, and Lianhuashan Park.
A perfect mixture of city views and beautiful nature won’t leave you indifferent.
The name of China Folk Culture Village speaks for itself.
This place of interest will tell you more about Chinese culture and traditions.
As it’s been already mentioned, Shenzhen is full of restaurants.
They aren’t cheap but if you can afford to spend 120-200 RMB for one dinner, you should definitely do it.
You can find restaurants with both Asian and Western cuisine but we’d recommend you to visit the former ones first.
The thing is that Chinese restaurants are not only about food.
They’re about culture. For example, you can try hot pots (a special way of serving and eating food) only in Chinese restaurants.
Those hating the cold will find Shenzhen a Chinese paradise.
The sub-tropical climate is the reason why the weather is warm almost the whole year.
Of course, there’s winter in China, but in Shenzhen, it lasts only 1.5 months and is rather mild.
Sometimes it will rain and the weather will be cloudy. But for the most time, you’ll enjoy the warmth and the sun.
Beyond any doubt, Shenzhen beaches can steal your heart.
With several amazing beaches in different corners of the city, you’ll find the one you like most.
The Dameisha beach is close to the city, that’s why it can be crowded during the high season.
But it has its advantages such as free entrance and good restaurants nearby.
Those who prefer rest in tents should consider going to the Xiaomeisha beach at least once.
Although you need to pay about 30 RMB to enter the territory, you’ll be able to enjoy a cleaner and better-maintained beach than the previous one.
If you’ve tried everything when living in Shenzhen and have no other ideas of how to spend your leisure time, search the Internet to find different events in the city.
In advertisements, you’ll come across numerous excursions, concerts, exhibitions, and even courses.
By the way, attending language courses might be interesting for you as a teacher.
In Shenzhen, the natives speak Mandarin language, so it might be useful for you to learn some essential phrases.
Although China is considered quite a conservative country, it’s difficult to believe when you look at its architecture.
Shenzhen is a great example of a modern Chinese city.
It is full of new buildings, and the majority of them are skyscrapers.
It’s an unbelievable feeling to be a small human in a concrete jungle.
You definitely want to come to Shenzhen if you like the spirit of majesty.
Being one of the most popular destinations for foreigners to work and live in, Shenzhen is a multicultural city.
A lot of people from the West come here every year.
So you have a chance to meet new people from different countries and make friends all over the world.
Moreover, thanks to the internationality of Shenzhen, the natives don’t pay attention to you.
By this, we mean that they don’t stare at you when they see you, don’t discuss you, and don’t take photos of you.
Thus, you won’t feel a weirdo among Shenzhen population.
Ability to Travel
Shenzhen is located in close proximity to several places of interest you might want to see.
If you like to gamble, use the chance to visit Chinese casino capital, Macau.
Even if you don’t, visiting such a place is a great experience.
Only one hour on a ferry and you can feel the atmosphere of a casino you had a chance to see only in movies.
It’s also possible to spend your weekend in Hong Kong.
Located on the border with Shenzhen, it’s a perfect destination to discover new things as well as see the streets where different Hollywood films were shot.
If you’re going to Shenzhen to work as an ESL teacher, you’ll be pleased with the money you can earn. An average salary Chinese schools offer foreign teachers is 13000 RMB.
You can earn less or more depending on your experience and working conditions. But in general, this money is enough to feel comfortable in the city.
Moreover, if your school provides you with an apartment rent allowance, you save from 200$ to 600$ a month.
If you’re a computer geek and modern technologies are your passion, visiting the Huaqiang Bei center is a must.
It consists of 20 shopping malls (MALLS, not shops) so every customer could buy what he/she needs.
With dozens of floors and thousands of square meters, this center can offer you new and used computers, tablets, smartphones, iPhone goods, and accessories.
You can also repair your gadgets there.
China has a bad reputation as a country with high levels of air pollution.
That’s true, unfortunately, and in some cities, with dangerous pollution levels, you can even meet people in masks.
However, Shenzhen has mainly good or moderate air quality.
That means that air doesn’t pose many risks to your health.
Still, if you’re worried as for air quality, you can use an air purifier at home.
Whether you’re an artist or just a person interested in arts, Shenzhen can impress you.
The city is the headquarter of OCAT museums that constantly organize art exhibitions and hold other cultural events.
In addition to this, Dafen Oil Painting Village offers an interesting experience.
There, you can watch hundreds of replicas of world-famous art masterpieces.
Finally, you can simply enjoy street art.
Education for Kids
Are you moving to Shenzhen with your family? We have good news for you.
As parents often worry about the education of their children in other countries, it’s essential to find a decent institution to educate your kids.
In Shenzhen, you shouldn’t worry since there are several international schools in the city.
The best thing about these schools is that they combine Chinese and Western teaching methods.
Thus, your child will take the best of both worlds.
Opportunities to play sports
Like in all large cities all over the world, people in Shenzhen want to mix business with pleasure.
Doing some sports is a great way to keep fit and have a rest from your job at the same time.
If you’re into soccer or rugby, ask your friend/colleague where the nearest sports club is and start training right away.
If you prefer going to the gym, you’ll also be able to find a lot of opportunities to do it.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to find a city in the world that would be totally safe.
What we want to say is that nobody is secure from fraud or pickpockets on public transport.
Of course, you want to be cautious and avoid walking alone at night or using illegal services such as unlicensed taxis.
But in general, Shenzhen expats can be calm since the city has been a safer place now than it was 10 years ago.
Shenzhen has a lot of public and private hospitals.
If you’re going to live in Shenzhen and teach English by contract, it’s likely you have good health insurance that allows you to get medical care in private institutions.
It’s a great advantage as you don’t need to wait in lines as it often happens in public hospitals.
Plus, medical staff in private hospitals often speaks foreign languages.
If for some reasons you can’t use your insurance, you can get help in a public hospital if need be. However, the service isn’t that high-quality as compared to a private one.
This is the last but not the least reason you might want to consider when thinking about moving to Shenzhen, China.
In the conditions of globalization, English is in demand all over the world. So are ESL teachers.
Shenzhen educational institutions are open to new teaching methods, that’s why they make good job offers to Western teachers.
You have a chance to choose a place to work among hundreds of kindergartens, schools, and universities.
Are you inspired by the teaching opportunities Shenzhen can offer you as an ESL teacher?
Then, hurry up and fill in the application form you’ll find on our site.
Our company has a lot of teaching jobs in Shenzhen to offer.