City Profile: Nanjing, China

With over 2,500 years of written history, Nanjing like the Chinese empire itself, has fallen and risen many times. A city nestled in the heart of China’s Jiangsu Province, Nanjing is steeped in history and in the midst of yet another transformation – into a thriving, modern city and a hub for education, tourism, research, the arts and transportation.

Known as one of the “Four Great Ancient Capitals of China”, Nanjing is home to over 8 million people. China’s “Southern Capital”  is also the Provincial capital of Jiangsu, located in China’s fertile Yangtze River basin. Bordered by Zhejiang and Shanghai Provinces in the South, Nanjing within a stone’s throw of some of China’s most sought after tourist destinations.

Nanjing’s cultural importance in Chinese history is almost without parallel. The earliest record of the city dates back nearly 500 years B.C. – over the years it’s served as the capital of the Southern Tang Dynasty, the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty.

Nanjing experienced dark times, first as the place where the Opium War culminated into the first of several “Unequal Treaties”, later as the birthplace of the Taiping Rebellion, and finally with the awful pillaging by Japan during World War II. Later, Dr. Sun Yat-sen helped restore the city to its earlier prominence by naming it the capital once again after the Xinhai Revolution.The city was razed and restored several times, hence the construction of the city wall (中国门 or “China Gate”) which stands as the longest of its type in the world.

In spite of its turbulent past, Nanjing has developed into a young and energetic city. The city’s many parks and lakes offer a haven from the bustle of the city life. In fact, you can find rolling hills and lush subtropical forests just thirty minutes outside the city. Nanjing’s green spaces are famous throughout the region and give you a taste of a more traditional, rural China.

Nanjing is brimming with arts and culture – some of China’s leading art performance groups are based in the city including several dance companies and famous Chinese opera institutes. The Nanjing Library is the third largest in the country and keeps over 7 million printed volumes. In addition to Nanjing’s many museums, temples, pagodas, open spaces and parks, Nanjing also has a great restaurant scene and a jumping nightlife. Both short and long-term visitors to the city will never run out of things to do and places to see.

Nanjing has long been a transport hub in China, a role which it still fulfills to this day. Referred to “the door of the east and west, throat of the south and north” – with its proximity to the Yangtze River and to China’s  financial epicenter, Shanghai – Nanjing has always been crucial a gateway. There are 17 railway stations in Nanjing, including a high-speed rail line, plus an intricate highway system which connects the city to Beijing to the north, Chongqing to the west and Shanghai to the south. There is an international airport with direct flights to Korea, Japan, Germany, Thailand and Singapore, among others.

While most people instinctively flock to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou – Nanjing has quietly become one of the most interesting, lively and livable cities in China. A growing metropolis surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, Nanjing is an attractive destination for wanderers looking to experience a great mix of culture and modern comforts.

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ESL Teaching job with English First in Nanjing, China

ESL Teaching job with English First in Nanjing, China – via ESL Suite

Nanjing - Yangtze River Bridge, built in 1968
Nanjing – Yangtze River Bridge, built in 1968

Some details:

Our school was established in 2002 – since that time we’ve grown to include three schools in the city centre and serve over 1500 students aged 3-18. Our teaching team is composed of over twenty foreign teachers from four different continents plus nine local teachers.

Our schools are equipped with leading technology and all the resources needed to make both the teaching and learning experience outstanding. As we expand to include a fourth and fifth school in the next two years, there will be plenty of opportunity for career advancement.

There are not many places better for an aspiring teacher to start their career or for a seasoned one to continue theirs. We place an emphasis on professionalism and career development for our entire staff. A job here offers the chance for upward movement internally or transfer throughout the world’s leading private education organization.

We hope you too can join our growing family and become a part of our teaching team in Nanjing – apply today!

Position: ESL Teacher – Full time


  •  Preparing engaging lessons for learners of various ages
  •  Attending weekly meetings & training workshops
  •  Delivering marketing demos
  •  Performing placement examinations for new students


  •  Bachelor’s degree
  •  TEFL/CELTA certificate
  •  Must be a native English speaker from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the US or UK.
  •  Two years teaching experience is preferred
  •  Clean criminal record

Benefits Package:

  •  CNY 8,500 – 9,000 per month (commensurate with experience and qualifications)
  •  CNY 8,000 flight allowance
  •  Shared accommodation or accommodation allowance of CNY 1,500/month
  •  International Health insurance
  •  Fully sponsored working (Z) visa and residence permit
  •  Paid holidays and National holidays
  •  Arrival support and full induction/teacher training
  •  Ongoing professional development and management support
  •  Opportunity for promotion within the centre

Anyone who is interested in learning more about this position can email me directly at or fill out the application form on our website: ESL Suite