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Why TEFL in China?


Discover new frontiers, teach in China!

China is estimated to be the top tourist destination by 2030. This is no surprise because ever since opening its doors to the world in the 70’s, China has experienced a period of rapid growth and change. These days, more and more tourists from around the world who visit China are flocking to the ancient country to experience its rich history and perhaps catch a glimpse of its bright future. While modernization has meant that many western amenities are now available, there are still a few hurdles that might catch the unprepared unaware, from the tasty street food to the unfamiliar normalities that the locals have.

However, it isn’t just a tourist hotspot - it’s already a top destination for TEFL teachers. China attracts TEFL teachers with an abundance of work, a rapidly growing TEFL market and great benefit packages. With all this and more (historical and cultural experiences) you can be assured that China is one of the top destinations to teach English as a foreign language.

Here at ESLstarter, we are a group of teachers who love travel just as much as you. So that’s why this blog will be exploring all the main reasons why you should consider teaching English as a foreign language.

Growing Market

China’s TEFL market continues to grow at a rapid rate. The private language market in the country is growing at a rate of 22% per year, meaning the demand for TEFL teachers isn’t likely to slow anytime soon. This level of demand means that if you meet all the requirements then you shouldn’t have a problem finding work in China. China is a perfect stepping stone for any new TEFL teacher wanting to land their first teaching role and gain valuable experience.

Take in a beautiful culture AND save money

In the major cities of China, the cost of living (excluding accommodation, which is typically included!!) is around 5,000RMB a month (£570). In many of the private sectors, salaries can be as high as 15,000RMB (£1,700) per month. With this kind of salaries, you should have plenty of money to live comfortably, travel and save.

As one of the largest countries in the world, China boasts incredibly diverse landscapes. Virtually whatever scenery you find most beautiful, you will find it in China. From the Northwest deserts to the Southeast seacoast, high mountain ranges to fertile plains, the frozen beauty of Harbin to the lush warm tropics of Xishuangbanna, China has it all. Hangzhou is famous for its stunning West Lake views. Suzhou has beautiful garden views and winding rivers with traditional architecture. And Hainan is the tropical paradise of the Orient; known as the ‘Eastern Hawaii’; it is China’s own paradise island. With all these breathtaking landscapes we are certain that you will never run out of beautiful places to visit in China.

While known for its tea and rice, there is much more to Chinese cuisine than is commonly known by most Westerners and this cuisine varies greatly by region. In the North, noodles are the most common meal staple, but in the South, almost everything is served over rice. Different regions, like Sichuan and Hunnan, are known for their unique spicy food, while coastal regions boast a variety of seafood. Some of the most fun and interesting foods to try are street foods, such as roasted sweet potatoes and Chinese barbecue, shao kao.

Few places have such a vast and rich history as the Middle Kingdom. The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors are some of the most well known ancient tourist attractions. The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing are also must-see attractions to learn about Chinese history and culture which is important for any TEFL teacher. However, China is also home to some of the largest cities in the world and is becoming more modern everywhere you look. You will struggle to find anywhere else with so many amazing skylines. Shanghai epitomises modern day China, with the famous modern riverfront skyline known as the Bund, large European style buildings and its particularly distinctive Pearl of the Orient Tower.


There are plenty of teaching opportunities in China but the most important thing is that you research any school that you’re thinking of applying to. Try to speak to staff who work/have worked there and see what they have to say. Apart from an ever increasing demand for TEFL teachers, China is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and has an incredibly rich history and culture.

See where you can teach in China.

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