Teach in China – 14 Major Cities in China
It is an exciting time to teach in China with Disney English. Explore a country famous for its ancient traditions and civilizations, generous and friendly people and delicious food. Immerse yourself in a country which has managed to balance the Ying and Yang of past customs and cultures with modern development and exciting changes.
Disney English schools are currently located in 14 of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities in China, with ambitious plans to expand to many more in the near future. Each city offers its own unique attractions and wonders. For updated information on current teaching jobs and start dates, complete an application.
The First Disney English School
The first Disney English school was opened in Shanghai, China in 2008. Since then expansion has been impressive as each Disney English school to open has proven to be a huge success. Disney English has invested heavily into each new school creating modern, fresh and spacious language centers with a welcoming atmosphere. Interactive digital white boards have been installed in Disney English schools with animated content which ties in directly with the topics being taught.
Disney English Schools – Locations
Below are city descriptions, along with links to useful information, for each of the locations of Disney English schools. While teaching English in Beijing and Shanghai remain the two most popular destinations, there are plenty of less well known but equally as exciting cities in China for you to discover. Have a read through and let us know which Disney English school you are most interested in working for.
Teach in China – Disney English in Beijing
Teach English in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China and embark on a teaching adventure like none other. With a population of over 11 million, Beijing is the cultural, political and educational center of China and the number one choice for people around the world looking to teach English in China. Teaching jobs in Beijing remain some of the most sought after thanks to an abundance of culture and history together with a truly modern city with a vibrant arts, fashion and entertainment scene.
Beijing is known throughout the world for its many places of interest, some of the most popular being Tian An Men Square, the largest public square in the world, The Forbidden City, home to past emperors dating back over 500 years, the Summer Palace, Beijing Opera shows, the Ming Tombs and of course the Great Wall of China which snakes past the city just 50km away.
Teach English in China at one of the Disney English Beijing schools and immerse yourself in a truly unique and exciting culture and way life.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Shanghai
Shanghai is possibly the most vibrant city in world, and certainly the most exciting place to teach in China. Shanghai is the location of the very first Disney English school back in 2008. From its famous skyline and it busy thoroughfares to its small lanes and neighborhoods; Shanghai has something to offer for everyone. Teach English in Shanghai and you will expereince the most exciting time of your life. Whether it’s your first time away from home or a seasoned traveler, you’ll find teaching in Shanghai an exciting destination. The streets are full of small boutiques. There are numerous temples to satisfy those who may be looking for peace and tranquility and bustling areas like People’s Square for those who thrive in the hustle and bustle of city life.
Shanghai was where China first met the West and it’s still a frontier town, obsessed with the latest fads, fashions and technology. Tucked between the shopping malls and the eye-popping modern architecture is the old Shanghai, where temples nestle down alleys, along with street markets and classical Chinese gardens. Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar overlooking the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th-century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours. Summer is hot and humid, winter can get cold, but Shanghai never stops. Teach in China for Disney English in Shanghai and open the doors to unlimited opportunities and a guaranteed adventure.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Hangzhou
There is a famous saying in China: 上有天堂 下有苏杭, “Above, there is heaven. Below there is Hangzhou and Suzhou.” Regarded as one of the two paradises on earth by the Chinese people, Hangzhou offers an ideal destination for anyone seeking to live and teach in China.
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and is located not far south of Shanghai. The city is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in China with numerous historic relics and natural beauty. Most famous for its picturesque West Lake, located not far from the Disney English school, it was elected as a National Key Scenic location due to its historical and cultural significance and many temples, pagodas, ponds and plants.
The city is one of the most livable in China with a natural balance of local Chinese culture and Western amenities providing a dynamic atmosphere of live music, cafes and bars, a variety of events and an eclectic mixture of people from all over the world. Mix a buzzing city with a pleasant year round climate and low cost of living and you see why Hangzhou has earned the reputation it has and has proven such a popular destination for those looking to teach in China.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Suzhou
Suzhou is a renowned cultural, historic and tourist city. The city is located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, bordering Shanghai on the east. Written historical records indicate that Suzhou has a history of over 4000 years and the city is now best known around China for its unique and plentiful gardens and its many streams and canals, which have earned it the nickname “Venice of the East”.
In early years, teahouses and theatres were the most common nightlife activities. With the development of tourism however, there are many more fashionable choices in Suzhou now and it is has become a very popular location for teaching English in China.
Suzhou is widely known in China as being one of the most livable cities in China, with a buzzing expat community and friendly locals. Working at a Disney English school in Suzhou promises a cosmopolitan atmosphere of nightlife activities, cafes, bars, teahouses, theatres, cinemas as well as a wonderful variety of delicious food and is a good choice for anyone looking to teach in China.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Tianjin
Tianjin is located 85 miles east of Beijing, near the coast and is China’s third largest city with a population of over 10 million people. Teaching English at one of the Disney English schools in Tianjin will allow you to experience the rich history this city is has to offer. Evidence of its history is still visible in the old British and Italian concessions, the port and European architectures.
The best known scenic spots and historical sites include the Panshan Scenery Area, the Park on the Water, the Garden of Tranquility, the Palace of Heavenly Empress and even a section of the Great Wall of China at the Huangya Pass. Beijing can be reached in half an hour by fast train for a weekend getaway. Tianjin remains a popular choice to teach in China for those looking for a large city.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Nanjing
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is one of the most delightful destinations in China. Known as the capital city of six dynasties in ancient Chinese history, it has a brilliant cultural heritage.
Like most major cities in China, Nanjing is developing rapidly. Great changes have taken place in the city. Modern highways and railways connect the city with most major cities throughout the country and it is becoming a sparkling metropolis akin to Shanghai and Beijing with skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fashion shopping malls, supermarkets and highly-developed economic zones throughout the city. Transport in the city is very convenient with the new metro service in addition to taxis, public buses, tourist special lines and other means of transport.
Nanjing is also home to several colleges and universities and a large foreign population. The city is become an international metropolis with new faces every day and the Disney English school is a welcome addition for the locals.
For more information on the city of Nanjing have a look at these sites:
Teach in China – Disney English in Ningbo
Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities but has gone through plenty of changes in recent years. It is an economic center and has become the most developed city in Zhejiang province, just South of Shanghai on the East coast. The city has wonderful natural, cultural landscapes and historical sites to visit. The Tianyi Chamber was built in 1516 and is said to be the oldest surviving library building in China.
The weather in Ningbo is subtropical with humidity and distinctive seasons. Ningbo also has a well-developed and easily accessible transportation system. The Disney English school is located in a high-class neighborhood with shopping, restaurants and movie theater within walking distance or a short taxi ride. Teach English in Ningbo and enjoy a pleasant balance of a modern city life with the charms of traditional China.
For more information on the city of Ningbo have a look at these sites:
Teach in China – Disney English in Guangzhou
Guangzhou (Canton), a prosperous metropolis full of vigor, is the capital city of Guangdong province located along the south coastline of China. Being an excellent port on the Pearl River navigable to the South China Sea, and with fast accessibility to Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou serves as the political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural center in Guangdong area. Guangzhou is a very popular destination for those who want to teach in China in a large city with a nice climate.
Guangzhou is considered as the paradise for food-lovers in south China. Guangzhou dish represents well the Guangdong (Cantonese) Cuisine, which is one among the most famous eight cuisines in China. A large amount of time-honored restaurants and quality new restaurants serve various authentic Guangzhou dishes, snacks, and drinks. The most popular restaurants gather around the old city area, in cluding the Dongshan District, Yuexiu District, and Liwan District. Panfu Road, West Jiangnan Road and East Huifu Road are recommended food streets for people to feel the famous eating customs such as Yam Cha (which means to drink tea), as well as having various kinds of soup or delicious Sampan Porridge.
The primary language of Guangzhou is Cantonese, although standard Mandarin, or Putonghua, is also widely spoken due to the large influx of migrants. However, Guangzhou natives are known among the Chinese for their heavily accented Mandarin, which may take a while to get used to if you have just started learning Mandarin. As Mandarin is the only language used in schools in mainland China, most younger locals will be bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin. Disney English opened its first school in Guangzhou in late 2011 and has ambitious expansion plans for the future.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Wuhan
Located right on the mighty Yangtze River west of Shanghai, Wuhan is a fascinating city with both an ancient history and a thriving present. For centuries, this city has been the center of trade and transportation in central China but is now known as one of China’s main high-tech, education and financial centers, while still having a more traditional feel than some of China’s coastal cities.
Wuhan is the place to find both history and natural wonders. Hubei Provincial Museum and Yellow Crane Tower are two places to appreciate ancient Chinese history and culture. Wuhan was also the location of one of Chairman Mao Zedong’s private residences which he nicknamed the ‘Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes’ and also where he gave audience to President Richard Nixon. Disney English in Wuhan is popular choice for English teachers looking for a central location to teach in China and has a pleasant climate.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Chongqing
Chongqing is situated on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river in Sichuan province in the west of China, not far from Tibet. It is a large and fast changing city, known as “Mountain City”, spread around a mountain, you will be always walking either up or down. It really is a city of changes, mixing modern development with local traditions and small local neighbourhoods.
Chongqing is endowed with rich natural scenery, boasting mountains, rivers, forests springs, waterfalls, gorges and caves. It also showcases the area’s rich cultural heritage, including the minority Bayu culture, Three Gorges and the modern, developed city itself-including the Yangtze River Cruises.
Chongqing is especially well known for its food. People love to eat here and you will find thousands of restaurants featuring all kinds of delicious dishes to feast on. Most famous if the spicy hot pot. Chili pepper, sesame, fermented black beans, scallions, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and an array of flavorings are used in almost 40 different cooking methods.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Chengdu
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, which is known as the “Heavenly State” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo). Being the natural habitat of cute giant pandas, Chengdu is located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain. It covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres with a population of over 11 million. One of Disney English’s newer school locations, Chengdu is popular for its fantastic food and idyllic location.
The native language in Chengdu is Sichuanese , otherwise referred as Sichuan dialect. More precisely, “Chengdu Dialect” is widely used in lieu of “Sichuanese” due to the largely different accents of Sichuanese speakers residing elsewhere.
People from Chengdu tend to eat spicy food. Local specialties include Grandma Chen’s Tofu , Chengdu hot pot, and Dan Dan Mien (literally meaning, “Noodles carried on a pole”. All three dishes are spicy. Mapo Doufu and Dan Dan Mien contain Sichuan peppers to give them additional flavor. Chengdu outnumbers Shanghai in the number of tea houses and bars despite having less than half the population. The inhabitants have a reputation in China for having a laid-back attitude and for knowing how to enjoy life and is a fantastic place to teach in China.
Teach in China – Disney English in Shenzhen
Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta. Neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong (located just south of Shenzhen), Shenzhen’s location gives it a geographical advantage for economic development. In 1980, the first Special Economic Zone of China was built in Shenzhen. From then on, Shenzhen become a highlighted city of China, one known for its rapid economic growth.
Shenzhen is situated in the subtropical part of China, located at about the Tropic of Cancer, yet due to the Siberian anticyclone, has a warm, monsoon-influenced, humid subtropical climate. Winters are mild and relatively dry, due in part to the influence of the South China Sea, and frost is very rare.
Because Shenzhen is a migrant city, all of China’s regional cuisines are represented here. Restaurants range from hole-in-the-wall establishments for homesick working class arrivals to opulent food palaces for businessmen and politicians entertaining clients. Treat yourself, and enjoy the wonderful food and variety of Shenzhen! In the early morning, vendors sell egg cheung fun for as little as ¥2.5 per order having 2 vegetable and 2 egg cheung fun noodles – enough to fill you up.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Dongguan
Dongguan is located in central Guangdong Province in the south east of China, 31 miles south of Guangzhou and just 47 miles from Hong Kong and has a population of 7 million people.
Dongguan has many historical spots, especially relics of the Opium War, also known as the Anglo-Chinese Wars, which lasted from 1839 to 1842 and 1856 to 1860. It has many fortifications used during the period, as well as other attractions and museums devoted to the era.
Located along Garden Avenue in Dongcheng District, Garden New Village is a well-known food street. A number of dining establishments line the area, including seafood restaurants, western restaurants, bars, tea houses, fast food restaurants, Hakka restaurants and beverage shops.
In addition to being an economic engine of south China and the most energetic manufacturing city in China, Dongguan also has some traditional Chinese performances, which reflect the heritage of the Chinese people. Seeing some Cantonese Opera, a traditional southern Chinese style of opera, is a good way to pass an evening after a day of travel.
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Teach in China – Disney English in Foshan
Foshan is located in the northern part of the Pearl River, 20 kilometers from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Foshan is a vital part of an active economic zone comprising of Guangzhou in the east, and Hong Kong and Macau in the south. The transportation system of Foshan is well designed to facilitate traveling into or out of the city.
Foshan has a long history dating back to approximately 5,000 years. It gained its name from the three Buddha statues unearthed in this area in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Having a temperate climate with abundant rainfall, it has been a land of fish and rice. Besides fishing and farming, the local craftsmen were also known for their skills in making ceramics. Thriving handicraft industries, commerce, and the arts made Foshan one of the four most famous towns in Tang and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Foshan has a reputation as the home of Chinese ceramic arts, Cantonese operas and martial arts.
Foshan is a modern city. It was one of the earliest ports to engage in foreign trade since China’s open door policy. Foshan has become the third largest city in Guangdong Province, combining its manufacturing industries with tourism. In recent years, Foshan has committed its resources to further expand its vibrant tourism industry.
The Zumiao Commercial Street is a must-go place for shopping. There are big shopping malls and plazas where all kinds of local handicrafts can be found. In addition, there are many famous restaurants that serve fresh, tasty local delicacies. Cafes, pubs and teahouses add varieties for everyone to enjoy.
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Apply Now to Teach in China
Disney English are holding interviews now for teaching jobs at schools all across China. Each city in China has its own unique character so wherever you decide to teach in China you are guaranteed to experience a unique adventure and discover rich culture.