Here are some other things that make Shenzhen worth to settle down for teaching English:
It’s very international
This city is full of foreigners and people from all other Chinese provinces, which makes it unique and very multicultural. You can easily make friends with locals, just drinking beer at a local bar on a weekend, or meet an American in the street. It’s an immigrant city and everyone is a bit of a “foreigner” here.
Is it to your taste?
Food is very diverse in this region because there are many immigrants from other parts of China, so is Shenzhen you can find everything from Western dishes to regional cuisine. But there is a local particularity: since the city is on the coastline, fish and seafood are the main ingredients. Oysters, shrimp, and lobsters are very casual here, you can find these at every ordinary restaurant. It’s recommended to eat out at some good Cantonese restaurant, while you are in the region, and try the Cha Siu Bao buns filled with barbecue pork or the Lo Bak Go cakes with a turnip. These are simply delicious!
What do I do at the weekend?
Actually, it’s the most frequently asked one. People, who decide to teach English abroad, often seek adventure, fresh impressions, entertainment, because they tend to have a lot of free time. Shenzhen is ideal for any sort of activity you like – there are nightclubs, hiking or soccer clubs, there are concerts, exhibitions, and all sorts of classes you can imagine.
People won’t stare!
Unlike in many other cities (including Beijing), living in Shenzhen, you won’t feel any different from being at home. People here are more used to seeing foreigners, especially those with different complexion or speaking other languages. It’s one of the rare places, where being a “laowai” doesn’t equal being a star. So, if you are shy and feel awkward when people take pictures of you in the street, Shenzhen might be the right place for you.
Only 6 weeks of winter
If you don’t really like snow and frost, you’ll like it here. Winters are not only mild but very short too. You can enjoy exotic fruit, sun and warm weather all the rest of the year. Rainy days and grey skies occur very rarely.
Go to the beach after work
Isn’t it something you’ve always wanted? Wake up, teach others to speak your language, then put your swimsuit on and head to the nearest beach to wash away your fatigue and enjoy yourself! There are more than 12 natural sandy beaches near Shenzhen, so you’ll have a lot of options.
Great ideas for vacation!
Living here, you have an endless list of what to do on weekends, and where to go, and what places to visit abroad, because it’s so much easier and faster to go to South Korea, Japan or Vietnam from here.
In fact, many foreigners come to teach English in Beijing, just because it’s a couple of hours away from other great Asian destinations, and it’s a chance to travel cheap and fast during their contract.
This is one of those cities, where living on a teacher salary is not about counting every single cent you earn, but about pleasure and comfort. In fact, a single person will only need about $500 per month to make ends meet.
Since a minimum salary is three times higher, you can see why many teachers can afford regular trips to Macau, Hong Kong or around China, eat out a few times a week, buy beautiful things, send gifts home and still save some money.
A basic lunch here costs about $7, a monthly transport ticket is only $29, a cocktail or a beer will cost $6-9.
Many English teachers jobs in China offer very good conditions and bonuses, but the ecological situation in most big cities is alarming.
However, Shenzhen is a wonderful exception – the quality of the air is good, so you won’t have to worry about your skin or your lungs.
This is especially important for teachers with small children or those, who experience breathing problems. Living near the sea is even beneficial for those with bronchitis or suffering from minor breathing issues.