Teach in China – 9 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 9 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.
For more information on the city of Beijing have a look at these sites:
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.
For more information on the city of Shanghai have a look at these sites:
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.
For more information on the city of Hangzhou have a look at these sites:
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.
For more information on the city of Suzhou have a look at these sites:
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 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.
For more information on the city of Guangzhou have a look at these sites:
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.
- For more information on the city of Wuhan have a look at these sites:
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.
- For more information on the city of Shenzhen have a look at these sites:
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.