Dongguan, also referred to as “The World’s Factory”, is located in the Guangdong Province and sits between Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Southern China. It is based right in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and known for its manufacturing industry. As well as picturesque parks and lakes, Dongguan is also home to lots of historical sites relating to the Opium War, making it a popular travel destination where tourists can immerse themselves in Chinese culture yet still experience modernity.
Keyuan Garden was built during the 1850s and is one of the Four Great Gardens of the Guangdong Province. The park is made up of pavilions and areas to sit and eat or enjoy the views of the garden. There is also a corridor that connects each part of the garden for tourists to enjoy a trip around and take pictures of the views. Various bus services provide transport to Keyuan Garden throughout the day, and entry costs around 8 RMB per person.
Yinxian Resort is filled with natural scenes mixed with cultural sites and historical buildings which relate to Buddhism. It was originally built to commemorate wise official, Li Juesi, and is now a popular tourist attraction because of its blend of Chinese culture with modernity. At the foot of Yinxian Mountain, a buddha statue can be visited, and at the top of the mountain is a large white statue of the Goddess of Mercy. You can also hike to Yinxian Temple on the side of the mountain which overlooks a beautiful green lake where scenic pictures can be taken. Yixian Resort makes a great day trip with lots of opportunity for long walks or hikes and daily acrobatic performances are held for entertaining visitors. A bus can be taken to reach the resort and entry costs around 90 RMB per person.
A large variety of Chinese cuisine is available in Dongguan, as well as western food. Dishes such as thick rice noodles and roast goose feature as typical Dongguan dishes, and because of the location and climate, plenty of seafood and quality rice is produced making these staple foods for locals. Vegetarian and vegan restaurants can also be found in Dongguan, and recognisable fast food restaurants such as McDonalds.
Dongguan’s climate is warm with an average temperature of around 22°C and a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. The hottest month is usually July, with a temperature of around 29°C, and January is the coldest and driest month with temperatures as low as 14°C.
The closest airport to Dongguan is Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Foshan Shadi Airport are also nearest to Dongguan.
Positions are available throughout the year in our Monkey Tree English Learning Center in Dongguan, in the GuanCheng District.
- 40 working hours per week (including up to 25 teaching hours per week and up to 30 teaching hours per week during Summer term)
- Salary: 17 000 RMB – 20 000 RMB per month
- Rewarding bonus upon contract completion
- Assistance with obtaining a Z-visa (working permit and residence permit paid for)
- Small class sizes (4-8 per class)
- 11-13 public holidays per year
- 10 days of paid annual leave
- Fully prepared and tailored curriculum
- Assistance with finding accommodation
- Comprehensive training program
Cost of living
－The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant in Dongguan starts at 29 RMB and a meal in a local restaurant can cost around 47 RMB. A weekly grocery shop can cost around 150 RMB.
－Sim card plans can be quite cheap in mainland China and up to 100 RMB a month is enough for a package that includes data, calls and texts. As most people communicate through Wechat, you would mostly need data on your plan.
－Utility costs can be between 400 RMB per month.
－The cost of a gym membership is around 240 RMB per month.
The cost of accommodation in Dongguan can be between 2,600 RMB and 4,200 RMB per month. Two months of rent is usually required upfront, along with one month of rent as a deposit. In some cities, three months of rent is required upfront with a deposit.
+ Dongguan is close to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as Hong Kong so traveling to these nearby cities for day trips and short getaways is easy and convenient.
+ Tier 2 city, with an increasing number of expats residing there so meeting other foreigners is not rare.
+ Lots of greenery to enjoy, and less busy than Guangzhou. Living costs are also nice and low in Dongguan.
− Smaller expat community than more westernised cities such as Shanghai.
− Language barriers may occur when traveling around Dongguan as the local language is Cantonese and there may not be as many English speakers living in Dongguan.