Put simply, I love China, it is a country that has so much to offer, amazing food, wonderful sights, incredible career opportunities, interesting people and most of all it gives you the chance to experience a culture and country like no other. I moved to China in 2010, planning to say for six months, instead I stayed for six years. I lived in Yantai, a city on the coast of Shandong province, Pinglu, a remote town near Xian and in the great capital of Beijing. I spent time travelling through the incredible cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Xian, Qingdao, Guilin, and Nanning as well as exploring the countryside around these areas. I've spent time in the famous casinos of Macau and lived in Hong Kong for two years making frequent trips back to the mainland.
China offers an expat so much, from eating the best beef noodles out of a shack in Shanghai, seeing baby pandas and terracotta warriors, drinking baijiu with the locals, camping on the Great Wall, to the most epic karaoke nights ever! It can be stressful and rewarding in the space of five minutes and at times home sickness kicks in, especially when all you can think about is a good Irish fry. You can visit some of the most amazing cities in the world, experience endless fireworks at Chinese New Year, ride a train for 40 hours, marvel at dancing dragons and lions and lose yourself in a culture like no other. Thinking back on China from my office in London today I am filled with lasting memories of great friendships, wonderful adventures, hilarious situations mostly involving language barriers, spicy beans, amazing students and some of the best fashion I have ever seen! Whilst China might not be for everyone, don't rule it out straight away, it has plenty of teaching opportunities for teachers from all over the world! And you too could find yourself watching the sunrise from the Great Wall one day!
by Edvectus Recruitment Consultant, Hannah Brant