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. Teaching English in Shanghai should be on your bucket list of ESL adventures. 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 has so many unique charms that attract people from all over the world.

Facts About Shanghai: Basic Stats

  • 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: Cost of Living

  • 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

(Data from Numbeo)

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

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Things to Do 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.


Every city has a special dish you have to try.

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

Don’t miss the history

You can learn a lot more about Shanghai in 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.

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.

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Typical Teaching Jobs in Shanghai

Salary & Benefits

  • Monthly salary: 10,000 RMB ~ 25,000 RMB
  • Accommodation support (provided or allowances)
  • Flight reimbursement
  • Work visa support
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Local support


  • 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 

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