About Qingdao city
Qingdao is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in China. It has twice topped polls by China’s People’s Daily newspaper as the most liveable city in China, in 2013 and 2016. It is famous for it’s long beaches, beautiful mountains and, of course, Tsingtao (Qingdao) beer. Its clean air and dramatic mountain scenery, juxtaposed against a vibrant Chinese metropolis, has made Qingdao one of the most popular destinations for those looking to teach English in China.
Lots to do
There is an interesting mix of German stone architecture which is a part of the city’s colonial heritage, traditional Chinese buildings, and ultra-modern skyscrapers overlooking a yacht-filled bay.
Unlike many other densely packed urban areas in China, Qingdao is well planned with lots of parks and open areas. There’s lots available for those who want to get out of the city; they can go hiking up the famous Lao mountain (崂山), escape to the beach, or go cherry picking in the spring. Qingdao also boasts a vibrant yet decidedly Chinese-feeling night scene. There are a large selection of small boutique style venues to hang out at in the evenings after work, a much larger selection of restaurants offering local cuisine as well as food from all around China, Korea, Japan and western cuisine. For those who like something a bit more lively, there are more club-style bars to be found in the city centre, or you may even find yourself getting into Karaoke TV (KTV) which is hugely popular in this part of China.
Low living costs
When moving to a new city to work, it’s important to consider not only how much money you will be making, but how much you will be spending. Living costs in Qingdao are low, with an average local salary of around 3185 Chinese yuan per month (as of 2018). On top of salaries, teachers at Premier English are also provided with accommodation free of charge, meaning they are able to live a very comfortable lifestyle whilst also accruing savings.
To put it in perspective, a taxi ride using the popular DiDi app (Chinese Uber) starts at just 8 yuan ($1.25) and a bowl of wonton dumplings will set you back just 5 yuan. Compared to larger cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, teachers in Qingdao feel that their wages go much, much further.
Discover Qingdao – the real China
A world away from China’s packed industrial towns, the colourful seaside city is an international sailing centre on the Shandong peninsula. Its vibrant economy, good climate, clean air and large stretches of beach make this a modern, buzzing tourist centre, and a popularity among those seeking to teach English in China to rival Beijing’s.
Qingdao is situated along the stunning coastline of the East China Sea, about half way between Shanghai and Beijing. It has its own international airport – flights to either of these must-see cities take just an hour. It is also connected to China’s world-famous high-speed rail system, so there are plenty of chances to explore the country during your stay.
With such a great location, living and working as an English teacher in Qingdao provides a wonderful opportunity to explore these exciting cities and their many historic and cultural landmarks. The unique, fascinating world of Chinese culture and rich history is right at your doorstep.
And, of course, Qingdao is famous for its beer (Tsingtao – from spelling used by the German colonists who brought brewing to the region) throughout China, and every summer is host to Asia’s largest international beer festival.
The school‘s location is ideal for prospective TEFL teachers wishing to explore eastern culture and to gain a truly unique experience of what life is like in modern China – all while making lifelong friends and gaining amazing professional experience within a dedicated team.