Are you a travel addict? Dreaming of exploring Asia but wondering about the cost? Let Fuzhou, Shenzhen or Xiamen be your gateway to the ancient and vast landscape of China, picture postcard rice paddies in Vietnam and paradise beaches in the Philippines! And let York English be your ticket of opportunity to explore ancient monuments like the Great Wall, metropolitan, mega-cities like Tokyo, and the tropical islands of Thailand! Here we give you a breakdown of your average travel fund potential as both a new and experienced teacher in Fuzhou during your 1st year at York English. And with this money and 49 paid holidays per year, you can ensure you travel to your hearts content.

This estimate aims to give you your potential pre-tax travel fund amount based on a medium workload (for more info on tax read here). This is from Fuzhou only, as Xiamen & Shenzhen have a slightly higher cost of living. But please remember, it all depends on your lifestyle! To explore what opportunities there are to fund your travels working a light and heavy workload, head over to our Culture Hunter and Savvy Saver page.

And there are even more opportunities in your 2nd year at York English! This includes cash bonuses, extra holidays and much more!



Annual Salary - 114,000 RMB (102,000 as an inexperienced teacher)

This is a pre tax salary based on achieving your quarterly bonus of 500 RMB each time. At York English, you have a guaranteed salary each month instead of being paid by the hour, which means a secure, steady income guaranteed. To read more on tax brackets in China, click here.

VIP - 6,480 RMB per annum

International teachers at York English have the opportunity to take on private tuition out of office hours organised by the school. These usually last between 1 and 1 and a half hours. This estimate is based on one 1 and a half hour weekly lesson at 180 RMB each time, beginning in your third month.

Excellent Teacher Award - 1,500 RMB

An opportunity once a quarter to be recognised for your hard work by being nominated for the Excellent Teacher Award in your branch. If nominated, you will receive 250 RMB added to your monthly wage. This estimate is based on you being nominated in your 6th month at York English.

Writing - 1200 RMB per annum

Write for York’s blog and you could earn between 100 and 300 CNY per article. This price is based upon submitting the MINIMUM word count per month, so there is always room for extra earning if you write more.

Flight Bonus - 8000 RMB per annum

We reimburse you for your flight with a guaranteed 8000 RMB, with 4000 being paid upon completion of your 6 month contract and another 4000 at the end of your 12 month contract.



A 2 bedroom, shared apartment in the city centre, equipped with a balcony, and never more than 3km from your school.

Utilities - 2050 RMB per annum

Electricity, Gas, Water & WIFI split 50/50 with your housemate. This is a Spring estimate.

Food - 43,800 RMB per annum

Based on choosing Eastern over Western more often than not, eating at nice restaurants a few times a month, but still trying to keep it fairly cheap.

Transportation - FREE

Based on purchasing an e-bike (which can range from 700 RMB for second hand to 4000 RMB for the latest model). You can charge them for free at most parking spots in your apartment building, as well as in the city centre. Bicycles are around 450 RMB to purchase, while buses are only 1 RMB per journey.

Entertainment - 10,400 RMB per annum

You want a bit of a social life without having to give up on your dream of travel, so this estimate is based on a couple of nights out a month, weekly dvds at home and a few coffee shop/lunch trips per month.

Your Studies can be FREE

Based on 1 and a half hours a week of Chinese lessons provided by York English.