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All You Need to Know About Living and Working in China- Reblog Serenityinchina

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 11, 2011

If you are considering spending time in China, then read this post, and excerpt follows. The author is J from serenityinchina and he has some good advice. All of the things he has said, seem like good advice to me as well,


What’s it like for native English teachers/expats to live in Changsha, Hunan, China?

I should preface this post by saying that Julianne and I have not had what I think is the ‘typical’ living and teaching experience in Changsha, or China for that matter.  First off our apartment sits inside a compound with a guarded gate. …

All that being said, here’s what I think about living and teaching in Changsha.


Traveling in Changsha is pretty cheap and easy.  Taking a city bus costs 1-2 yuan.  If you get on a bus with a * next to its name you pay 2 yuan; this is because these buses are ‘nicer’ than the non-* buses (meaning they have air conditioning, for example).  If it’s your first time in China you should prepare yourself for a wild ride as bus drivers here drive as fast as possible pretty much at all times.  This is generally because traffic can slow them down too much and I’ve been told that if drivers are late they get fined or something.  Buses will at times do a ‘rolling stop’ for you to get on . . . and conversely they may not completely stop while you are trying to get off–oh, and sometimes they don’t stop at all and you have to yell (there may be so many people on the bus that they are unusure if you want to get off, for example).  Be forewarned that hard breaking will happen, swerving into the oncoming traffic lane to get around any cars that are slowed/stopped, and other kinds of driving that in North America would get the driver a pink slip, a major traffic violation fine/s, etc.

read the rest here http://serenityinchina.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/whats-it-like-for-native-english-teachersexpats-to-live-in-changsha-hunan-china

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