China, one of the largest countries in the world, is a landscape that has it all; mountains, lakes, desert, grassland, rivers and coastline. It houses some of the largest cities on the planet and is one of the oldest civilisations in the world.
While not as famous as the mega Chinese cities of Shanghai or Beijing, Fuzhou is a hidden gem on the Minjiang river. Lush and green, with long, hot and sunny summers, it is certain to charm you with its mix of East and West. Famous for its historical architecture, large parks and a vibrant art scene, Fuzhou is where our largest community of international teachers reside.
Perhaps surprisingly for most people, Fuzhou has roughly the same population as Hong Kong. It is the perfect destination to get a feel for real China and learn Mandarin, but still live in a metropolitan city. As a very affordable city, you can experience the delicious local and Western cuisine with restaurants on every corner, and travel far and wide with Fuzhou’s international airport or two major railway stations linking the rest of China with hi-speed trains.
Fuzhou, pronounced Foo-Jo, has a history dating back over 2,200 years. It sits in a basin between groups of mountain ranges; Gushan Mountain on the East, Qishan Mountain on the West, Wuhushan Mountain on the South and Lianhuafeng Mountain on the North. Plenty of hiking opportunities! It is also famous for the cleanest air in China, thanks in part to the electric bikes that are common throughout the city. Fuzhou and Fujian Province are known for their tea culture, and there is better place to experience vast tea plantations than in the neighbouring Wuyishan scenic area.
York English currently have 9 branches here in Fuzhou, which offers a large community and social events from the get go. Meet the team below!
For a taste of Western comfort, head to Shenzhen, a modern metropolis within the Pearl River Delta. Shenzhen is a young, vibrant city bordering Hong Kong. Just over thirty years ago, it was a small fishing village called Bao’an County. Fast forward today and it is one of the most developed and one of the wealthiest cities of China.
One of the technological capitals of the world, it is also a huge, coastal city with the majority of its population under 30. Shenzhen offers expats a taste of modern China with plenty of Western amenities. A beautiful city skyline, bustling social and music scene, Shenzhen offers expats an exciting lifestyle with excellent travel networks and the chance to learn Cantonese as well as Mandarin.
With plenty of expats, bars, restaurants and shopping malls, you’ll have plenty to do! And with the opportunity to hop on the short subway over to Hong Kong, it’s an attractive location.
York English currently have three branches spread out across the city of Shenzhen.
South East of Fuzhou is the coastal district of Changle. Still classed as within Fuzhou, Changle is ideal for all jet setters as its location is only a 15/20 minute drive to the major international airport of northern Fujian, the very same one used from those in Fuzhou. This means those weekend getaways are super easy!
Located very close to some beautiful black & white sand beaches, particularly famed for its surfing, and surrounded on all sides by lush green mountains, Changle is a city for those that love the outdoors. It is also a perfect location for those wishing to immerse themselves into Chinese culture and truly learn the language, as there are few expats. And with the larger city of Fuzhou just a 40 minute drive away, you have everything you need on your doorstep!
All our Changle teachers are also guaranteed a 12000RMB completion bonus after their 1st year! We currently have one branch located in the heart of Changle. Meet the team below!
A beautiful coastal city on the Taiwan Strait, Xiamen is a city of 3.5 million people, and is a popular university city. It’s main tourist attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage site Gulangyu Island. Apart from Shanghai, this tiny island is the only other place on Chinese soil to have historically had international settlement, and today you can see the old colonial architecture on the car-free island.
With palm tree lined streets, a coastal breeze in the summer heat, and, like Fuzhou and Changle, low levels of pollution, Xiamen is a very popular destination for expats and Chinese alike. You’ll have no trouble meeting expats in the many bars and the vibrant cafe culture. Xiamen has some excellent beaches, and with Taiwan just a ferry ride across the Taiwan strait, an international airport and high speed railway lines, it’s a great please to explore China and beyond.