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In the struggle for reaching the top, home-grown tycoons built soaring monuments overnight. Historically, Shanghai has been the juncture of China with the West and is now a driver for the latest trends in China. Amongst the modernized alleys of Shanghai lies a shabby pathway to the old temples nestling down the alleys with lined street markets and classical Chinese gardens. A city of astonishing urban diversity! You can go from a dumpling at a street stall to a cocktail in a designer bar or overlook the 10th century Buddhist monastery in a matter of few milliseconds. Summers might be hot and humid and winters cold but Shanghai never sleeps.
“I am a total foodie and Shanghai is a gastro playground for me.” –Keith Downing is teaching English online from the EF Shanghai office.
Beijing is one of the oldest bastion of China, destined to rule the country forever. From felled narrow alleys to huge underground bomb shelters, every monument is a relic presenting the political mood of its era.
Dating back to the 1045 BCE Zhou Dynast the great variety of architectural styles.
Only patient exploration and inquisitiveness can actually unleash the hidden wonders of the city.
The Zhangjiajie park, located in northern Hunan, is one of those natural wonders that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. This UNESCO World Heritage Site inspired the movie Avatar for its scenic pillar-like formations and biodiversity.
#1 Pick for Traveling in China by EF English Teachers!
“It was wonderful! Probably the most beautiful mountain I have ever been on top of! I went around March time so I could also see snow on the mountain tops! It was totally breathtaking and surreal!” Solomon – EF English First Teacher in China
The 42km Great Wall Marathon was inaugurated in 1999 and takes place in one of the world’s greatest monuments. If you are an experienced runner teaching English in China, this must be the most thrilling marathon you will enjoy in your life. If you are not an experienced runner, you can opt for a half-marathon or a 7.5km Fun Run!
The 2013 edition is coming in May. You can register at great-wall-marathon.com. Teachers coming from outside Beijing can book a 2-day tour that takes you to the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square.
Here is a short video to get you pumped for the race!
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The Chinese people voted Chengdu as the nation’s second most liveable city in 2006.
The traditional wooden architecture and tree-wrapped streets are being rapidly given up for glassy skylines, new apartment complexes and flashing-neon-malls. Amidst its slipshod attitude and glimpses of ‘old’ Chengdu, it’s hard to believe that this is China’s fifth-most populous city.
Beyond this rapidly growing city, you can find some of China’s most beautiful natural treasures. Special attractions include the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which has built a more natural environment than the typical zoo for China’s natural treasure.
Mount Quincheng is a World Heritage Site that consists of a natural scenic area and a holy mountain of Taoism. It is easy to reach via high speed train from Chengdu to Qingcheng San (return ticket only costs 30RMB) and a mini bus from the station (10RMB).
Not far from Chengdu city is the Huanglong Valley and its stunning Five Color Pond below the snow peaks (PICTURE).
China is a great place to teach English and travel. The pay is very good for those with a university degree and a 100-hour TESOL certificate, so qualified teachers can visit its beautiful hidden gems on their free time.
China is one of the top destinations for recent graduates of TESOL certification courses. There are plenty of entry-level jobs and contracts can easily be obtained before leaving your home country. Apart from competitive wages and benefits, China is a great tourist destination.
Ever since Beijing hosted 2008 Olympics, the portion of the limelight for China has tremendously increased to make it even more prominent in the list of tourist’s destinations. From the wide views of Tibet to the volcanic ashes of Sìchuān, from the glamour of Beijing to the bustle of Shànghǎi, China is an adventurous land of the most mesmerizing and eccentric nation on the face of Earth.
Versatility of this land is evident in both its standard of living and its natural features spreading all over the land. From the fervent and bustling town of Beijing to the desolated Ming-Dynasty villages, China diversifies as the land stretches from one end to the other. Keeper of the world’s oldest continuous civilization, China stands tall on the face of its dynamism and commitment to advance and excel. Every corner has its own history and every success, its own story. Every second has a new dimension and a new beginning for this land where renunciation of worldly possessions is a culture in Tibet’s mountains but staying up-to-date the rule of the town.