Suzhou Overview

Ever considered teaching English in Suzhou? As one of the most ancient cities in China, Suzhou (in Zhejiang Province) still has plenty of charming history throughout the streets, despite the fact that modern buildings and traditions are slowly creeping in. 

Those who choose to travel to this spectacular city in China will find themselves being greeted by gorgeous gardens wherever they go, as they take time to wander through the streets and open green spaces.  

Everyone will love their time in Suzhou, especially if they take the time to discover enough about this city. Teaching in Suzhou will be a good option for you to do just that.

Teaching English in Suzhou

A dream journey awaits in beautiful Suzhou!

Facts About Suzhou: Basic Stats

  • Population: 10.58 million
  • Public Transportation: 1 international airport, 4 lines of rail transit, frequent regular buses and tourist buses, more than 4,800 taxies, rickshaws that take you to narrow streets and alleyways, bicycle rentals are popular
  • Language: Mandarin, Local Directs  
  • Climate: 4 distinct seasons   
  • Expats: growing community
  • Nightlife: apart from vibrant bars and pubs, the traditional local nightlife is also quite attractive (opera, night market, etc.)  
  • Food: belongs to Jiangsu Cuisine, refined color presentation and carefully selected fresh ingredients

Living in Suzhou: Cost of Living

  • A regular meal in a restaurant: 15 RMB – 25 RMB
  • Fruits for a week: 50 RMB
  • Dine out with friends: 50 RMB – 150 RMB
  • Public transport (bus): 2 RMB for a one-way ticket, 50 RMB for a monthly pass  
  • Taxi: Start (normal tariff) 11 RMB, 1km (normal tariff) 2.65   
  • Movie ticket: 40 RMB
  • Drinking outside: 9 RMB for domestic beer, 20 RMB for imported beer  
  • Average monthly salary: RMB 4,000 – RMB 6,000

(Data from Numbeo)

Those who choose to travel to this spectacular city in China will find themselves being greeted by gorgeous gardens wherever they go, as they take time to wander through the streets and open green spaces.  

Things to Do in Suzhou

Visit Hanshan Temple

This temple is one of the top ten in the country and those who visit will discover that part of the temple’s architecture is from the Southern Dynasty, which was in place from 502 to 557.  The best time to visit this temple is on New Year’s Eve, because that is when the one hundred and eight bell-ringing ceremony takes place. Anyone who visits at another time should at least climb to the top of the pagoda for the stunning views of the city.

Visit the Suzhou industrial park

Everyone will find their way to the Suzhou Industrial Park at some point when they visit the city because it is where a plethora of stores and restaurants can be found.  There are many other delights though and they include Asia’s largest Ferris Wheel, the largest lake in China, two manmade islands, and a musical fountain. Visitors will want to be in this area around eight in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays because that is when a thirty-minute show is performed at the fountain.

Visit the Suzhou Silk Museum

There are numerous museums within Suzhou, but the Silk Museum is the most fascinating to visitors.  As people are wandering around this museum, they get to see how silk is harvested, prepared, and eventually spun into thread.  

Visit tiger hill

The Yunyan Pagosa, as well as the final resting place of the King of Wu, can be found on Tiger Hill and there is a fantastic legend that has been passed down the generations as well.  Back in 496 BC, a white tiger appeared on this hill when the King of Wu buried his father and since that time, it has been said that skipping this area of the city will lead to a lifetime of regret. 

Typical Teaching Jobs in Suzhou


  • 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 

Salary & Benefits

  • Monthly salary: 10,000 RMB ~ 18,000 RMB
  • Accommodation support (provided or allowances)
  • Flight reimbursement
  • Work visa support
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Local support

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