The transportation system is very important for those who want to go around the city or country in free time.
Chengdu city has one of the most developed railway hubs in the country, so this city is a perfect start point to travel around the province.
You can travel and see such attractions as Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei.
Local metro is also very developed and using it you can reach all interesting points in Chengdu in a very short time and less than for 1$! So you can freely choose an apartment in a different district from the school and use the subway to reach it.
Also, you can get around the city using the local bus or if you want to see all the attractions the best choice will be the sightseen bus. It has stops near all the interesting and popular places in the city.
Cost of living
Teaching English abroad is very profitable, especially in China because the average cost of living in Chengdu is pretty low.
Taking into account that all TEFL jobs in Chengdu provide you with free accommodation, you will live in China fairly cheap.
For example, you can buy a monthly ticket to the local bus only for 100 RMB (15$). And the taxi price starts at 8 RMB.
Food in supermarkets is very affordable, a bottle of coke 4 RMB (50 ¢), milk – 14 RMB (2$), bread (500g) – 14 RMB (1,4$).
Meals in a cheap restaurant starts from 10 RMB (1,4$), average meal costs 40 RMB (6$).
People in Chengdu use Sichuan Dialect that is one of the Southwestern Mandarin variations.
It is slightly different than classic Mandarin, but these differences don’t interfere to understand.
More than 100 million people have spoken Sichuan Dialect for now. And this fact makes it one of the most popular languages in the world.
Mandarin and Sichuan Dialect don’t have many differences in written language, most of them are in vocabulary and pronunciation. Sometimes native speakers say that there are two different languages.
But this is an exaggeration because 48% of the vocabulary is the same in both dialects.
The truth about teaching English in China that you don’t need to know Chinese. And the most likely you will not notice the difference between these dialects.
Places to visit
Teaching in Chengdu is a great reason for traveling and exploring another culture.
There are many places to visit in Chengdu for every taste: parks, temples, opera, historical monuments, and museums and it isn’t all the list! If you like animals and attending zoos you will have a really unique opportunity to attend Research Base and see pandas.
When you need some rest from the big city life, you can go to one of the numerous green zones and parks like Wangjiang Park or bamboo garden. Temples in Chengdu are worth attention: Green Ram Taoist and Wenshu Buddhist monastery.
For history buffs, there are three old towns near Chengdu where you can explore the atmosphere of ancient China: Luodai, Anren, and Huanglongxi.