Teaching English in Changchun
- Have Obtained a Bachelor Degree
- Passport Holders Of United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand Or South Africa
- The Ability To Obtain A Clear Background Check
- Teaching Experience Is Preferred But Not Required
Why Teach English in Changchun?
Set your sights on Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province which also happens to be the largest. The name translates to ‘eternal spring’ and it truly lives up to that in beauty. Located north and east of Beijing, it’s a lesser-known city to foreigners, but one that has plenty of fascinating opportunities.
What Makes Changchun Unique
One incredibly fun fact about Changchun is it is the birthplace of China’s very first film. In fact, there’s a whole theme park devoted to it called Changchun Film Theme Park, something you’ll enjoy seeing on one of your days off.
Being so far north, the winters here are cold but incredibly special. If you love cold weather, you’ll be happy in Changchun.
Changchun has a rich history, one that will certainly give you much to learn. It was inhabited back in the early Paleolithic times. The Yilou ethnic group settled here during the Qin and Han dynasties. In addition to historic significance, Changchun is home to Errenzhuan, sometimes called Bengbeng. It’s a type of local folk music and dance. You don’t need to understand the language as there are many vivid gestures that are universal. It can be very comical and is adored throughout the rest of China.
Living in Changchun
What to Eat in Changchun
Being second only to Harbin in the northeast for major cities, you’ll find every famous dish from Northeast Chinese cuisine. What’s special here is that it incorporates some of the other wonderful features of other regional Chinese cuisine plus, because of its close proximity to the Korean Peninsula, there are many Koreans here which has also had a stunning effect on the cuisine. Braised deer tail is interesting to try as is da gao, a glutinous rice cake.
Taste your way around the city at Chongqing Road where you’ll find many famous Chinese snacks. Don’t miss the mung bean cakes. Lines are always long but so worth it! Hongqi Street is another place where you’ll find plenty of restaurant options to satisfy your appetite.
Living in Qingdao: Cost of Living
- Though being a major city, the cost of living in Changchun is quite low compared 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 Changchun in 2019 from Numbeo, $ in USD)
- Rent: a single apartment in the city center is approximately $290 per month, and that could go down further to $198 if you choose to live outside of the center.
- Utilities: including water, heat, electricity, internet, and television can cost upwards of $70 per month while taking the bus is fairly cheap at $25 for a monthly pass.
- Food: there are millions of options for you to choose in the city of Changchun. A normal meal is about $3 ~ $4, and local beer costs about $1.5 per liter.
Things to Do in Changchun
During your time in Changchun, don’t miss out on seeing Errenzhuan. Parks are plentiful too, perfect for relaxing and taking in the scenery. Among them, Changchun World Sculpture Park is a beautiful place with sculptures. Think of it like an outdoor art museum!
Jingyuetan National Forest Park and South Lake Park are also places you’ll want to make time to see. And of course, as we mentioned earlier, you’ll love Changchun Film Theme Park, which is often dubbed “Oriental Hollywood.”
One last thing…if you love cold weather, you’ll love skiing at Songhuahu and Beidahu Ski Resorts. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a day off while living and teaching English in Changchun, can you?
Teaching English in Changchun
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