Teach English in Shanghai

A City With Unique Charm

Shanghai Overview Why Teach English in Shanghai?

Shanghai Overview

Beijing might be the capital of China, but there’s little doubt that Shanghai is one of the best and most metropolitan cities in the country. 

In fact, it’s one of the most metropolitan cities in the entire world. 

Shanghai should be on your bucket list of cities to visit. And there are so many whys.

In some parts, you’ll do a double take because it looks like New York City with sky-high buildings and high-end stores. 

Compared to other cities in China, Shanghai is always keeping the streets and sidewalks looking fresh and clean. 

You’ll be impressed by how much neater it looks here, especially when you consider how many people live in Shanghai! 

Facts About Shanghai

  • Population: 26.32 million
  • Public Transportation: one of the best city transportation systems in China that includes Maglev Train, 12 subway lines, 50,000 taxies, thousands of public bus, and 2 international airports. 
  • Language: Mandarin, Shanghai Dialect
  • Climate: Four distinct seasons
  • Expats: has one of the largest expat communities in China 
  • Nightlife: limitless opportunities to go out to explore, check out the SmartShanghai for more inspirations 
  • Food: one of China’s best and most distinctive cuisines (e.g. Xiaolong Bao, Steamed Crab)

Living in Shanghai


  • A regular meal in a restaurant: 30 RMB – 50 RMB
  • Fruits for a week: 50 RMB
  • Dine out with friends: 100 – 150 RMB
  • Public transport (bus or train): 4 RMB (one -way); monthly pass (200 RMB)
  • Taxi: Start (normal tariff) 14 RMB, 1km (normal tariff) 2.6 RMB 
  • Movie ticket: 60 RMB
  • Drinking outside: 10 RMB per beer; 50 RMB – 100 RMB spirit
  • Average monthly salary: RMB 6,000 – RMB 9,000

Teaching in Shanghai Experience

Requirements to teach English in Shanghai

  • Have Obtained Bachelor Degree
  • English Level: Native Proficiency
  • Passport Holders Of United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand Or South Africa
  • The Ability To Obtain A Clear Background Check
  • Ability To Live Abroad For At Least One Year
  • Teaching Experience Is Preferred But Not Required 

The experience of Teaching in Shanghai

  •  Local experiences: cultural and social activities organised by placement providers
  •  Chinese language: free lessons organised by placement providers
  •  Travelling: travel and experience China in a local way during weekends and holidays

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Shanghai city guide

Things to do when you are in Shanghai:

The Bund

That seductively famous skyline that lines the Huangpu River is one of the first places you must see. 

Walking along it provides numerous opportunities for photos. And nearby, you’ll find high-end hotels, restaurants and bars. 

Shanghai is an expensive city but it’s so refined that you’ll forget you’re in China while you’re there.

Don’t miss the history too

You can learn a lot more about Shanghai in the many museums there too. 

Another great way is to hop on a double decker bus and tour the city where you’ll get to see the modernization right alongside things from the days of yore, which is truly a sight to behold.

Xiaolong bao

Every city has a special dish you have to try.

In Shanghai, it’s the xiaolong bao, or soup dumplings. If you like jiaozi already, then be prepared to love xiaolong bao even more. 

They arrived with a large white soup spoon. Use your chopsticks to heft the soup dumpling onto your spoon. Then, very carefully bite into the dumpling so that the hot soup inside of it spills into your spoon. 

In this way, you won’t lose any of the flavor or the soup.

There’s plenty to do

Shanghai offers entertainment from things like Cirque du Soleil to the Shanghai Zoo, where you can see pandas, and much more. 

Because it’s such a big and modernized city, you’ll find it more convenient here and you’ll also find different types of cuisine here that might be harder to get in other cities.

famous places in Shanghai

More things to discover about Shanghai!

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Nanjing Road

Yu Garden

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