Teach English in Changsha
China’s best-kept secret
Changsha Overview Why Teach in Changsha?
Your City Guide to Changsha
Looking to live in a Chinese metropolis that is more off the beaten path and less expensive? Then choose Changsha! This fantastically vibrant city is just starting to be discovered by tourists. Think of it as China’s best-kept secret and the perfect place for you to teach English while having access to everything you need. Located inland in the Hunan Province, you’re going to see why it’s a gourmand’s dream come true!
What Makes Changsha Unique
The thing that stands out about Changsha is that it’s a big, neon-lit city bustling with plenty to do yet it’s not anywhere like Beijing, and we mean that in the fondest way possible to both cities. It has a special vibe that glitters and glistens yet it’s much cheaper.
Also, Changsha is more authentically Chinese and is not on every tourist’s radar yet, make it a hidden gem that has all bells and whistles for less.
In Changsha, the people are well known for acting and their traditional folk art from local operas to storytelling, acrobatics and more. You will most certainly want to see this for yourself! And alongside all the old-world things that give you a wonderful slice of Chinese culture, you’ll find amazing modern things with it. KTV, the popular karaoke bars plus clubs, bars, pubs, and a vibrant nightlife all await.
It’s not all wild nights though. You can find many quiet bars, teahouses, and even some Western restaurants. Changsha has such a wonderful variety of it all that you’ll find something for your every mood. (Photo: wongtung)
What to Eat in Changsha
The people of Changsha love their food, and to be honest, we think you’re going to love it too. The cuisine here is hot, quite comparable to Sichuan yet with its own unique flair. You’ll most certainly want to try stinky tofu, ‘sisters’ rice balls at the Fire Palace, and pop in Nanmenkou for the spicy shrimp. Octopus legs and snacks of peanuts are some of the most popular street foods that you’ll want to get a handle on. You can find inexpensive and utterly delicious foods on Huangxing Street to get a true taste of Changsha flavor. (Photo: discover.china.org.cn)
Things to Do in Changsha
One of the best things about Changsha is that the sights you’ll want to see are all within 7 miles of each other. There’s Huanxing Road which isn’t just for those delightful street foods but for shopping and getting an authentic peek into Chinese culture. Orange Island is in the middle of the Xiangjiang River, a place with gardens that will take your breath away and a huge statue of Mao’s head.
Mount Yuelu Park is the place to be for exercise and a sublime view of the city skyline. And if you want to delve deeper into Changsha’s history the Hunan Provincial Museum will help with that.
If you’re looking for big city life without being too big, Changsha is definitely for you! (Photo: discover.china.org.cn)
Changsha Life What's the cost of living in Changsha?
Though being a major city, cost of living in Changsha is quite low comparing to many other major cities. Therefore, most people will find that they can do extremely well when they choose to move to this area of the country. (Below is the cost of living data in Changsha in 2019 from Numbeo; $in USD)
The rent for a single apartment in the city center is approximately $198 per month, and that could go down further to $135 if you choose to live outside of the center.
The utilities, including water, heat, electricity, internet, and television can cost upwards of $55 per month, while taking the bus is fairly cheap at $15 for a monthly pass.
When talking about food, there are millions of options for you to choose in the city of Changsha. A normal meal is about $1.5 ~ $2, and local beer costs about $1.5 per liter.
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