City Profile: Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China

Wuxi is split down the center by Lake Tai and is one of the urban cores of the Yangtze River delta region. Known as “Little Shanghai”, Wuxi is one of the origins of China’s modern commercial development. Located in the Golden Triangle of the Yangtze River, Wuxi is a key member of the “Wu” region of China which comprises the triangular-shaped territory near Shanghai and includes southern Jiangsu Province and northern Zhejiang Province.

This area is notable in China for its distinctive dialect, architecture and its unique waterway transportation along the Grand Canal. Owing to its pleasantly warm and moist climate, it boasts a reputation of the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Relying on the near-by Yangtze River and ancient Grand Canal, it had been a port city with the busiest rice and cloth market in China before 19th century.

Besides being a rich cultural repository, Wuxi is blessed with charming natural beauty: the vast Tai Lake with its fascinating water scenes, the ‘Sea of Bamboo’ in Yixing, the Second Spring, Huishan Mountain — the ‘First Mountain South of Yangtze River’ — and so on. Various aspects of nature give you a new experience at every turn.

Located along the main intercity high-speed railway, Wuxi can easily reach Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and other regional hot-spots. The international airport flies directly to most major Chinese cities and other nearby transit hubs in Asia. The new metro line offers city dwellers convenient transportation to points of interest within the city.
With its moderate climate and beautiful natural surroundings, Wuxi is an attractive destination for people to live and work as well as for tourists. With plenty of parks and green spaces, mountains nearby and its proximity to the Yangtze and the Grand Canal, Wuxi offers attractions for all types of travelers, seekers and explorers.

Take a look at the ESL Suite job board for more about teaching jobs in China and in Wuxi City!

Pre-K teacher needed in Wuxi, China – this is the job you’ve been looking for!

Teach Pre-K in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province!
Teach Pre-K in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province!

As far as ESL teaching jobs in China go, it doesn’t get better than this.

I’m seeking a female, native English speaker to teach ESL to toddlers/Pre-K in Wuxi, China. The school is an International Child Care Center with western management and uses breakthrough teaching methods to cultivate and grow the students imagination, confidence and perseverance.

There’s even a 100 square-meter vegetable garden where they teach the students to plant, nurture and harvest fruits and vegetables to share with their friends and family!

Interested in this position? Take a look at the full job description to learn more or apply directly!

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.

For ESL Teaching jobs in Nanjing and other exciting teaching jobs in China, visit the ESL Suite Job Board!




							

City Profile: Hangzhou, China

Regarded as one of the two Paradises on Earth, Hangzhou is widely considered one of the best places to live in China. There’s an expression in Chinese: “上有天堂 下有苏杭” which means, “Above, there is heaven; below there is Hangzhou….”.

The capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is just two hours by bus from Shanghai. With a written history of over 2300 years, Hangzhou is among the Seven Ancient Capitals of China and is known for its natural beauty and green spaces.

Hangzhou is within earshot of three UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites – among which is West Lake, one the most famous scenic areas on China’s coast.

The UNESCO website describes West Lake as, “….comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.”

A food-lovers delight, Hangzhou cuisine reflects the  Zhejiang preparation style. Notable dishes include “Dongpo pork” (braised pork), clay-pot chicken colorfully named “Beggar’s Chicken” – plus a wide choice of fresh fish dishes.

Being a modern city of nearly 9 million, getting around, shopping and finding exciting nightlife are easy. Qing He Fang Street is the famous “Ancient Culture Street” and reflects characteristics of the Southern Song Dynasty.

Hangzhou is a transport hub with an international airport and connects with most major cities on the coast by train (both slow trains and high-speed rail). Within the city, taxis and buses are cheap and convenient, plus the newly opened Hangzhou Metro is easing some of the burden on the local transit system.

Not only is Hangzhou a wonderful travel destination, it’s also one of the best cities for foreigners living in China. Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about –  working in “Paradise” might be a nice way to spend a gap-year!

Take a look at teaching jobs in Hangzhou and many more ESL teaching jobs in China – ESL Suite can help you find the teaching job you’re searching for!

The ESL Suite Website is UP!

The team at ESL Suite is very excited to announce that the website is finally up and running! Please visit us at www.eslsuite.com to learn more about teaching vacancies in China!

We are starting in earnest – we have openings for two teaching jobs in Tianjin, China. We have plans to aggressively expand into other markets including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kunming, Xi’an and many more!

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