Shanghai, located in East China, is the country’s biggest city. Being a Tier 1 city and a major commercial and industrial center of China, Shanghai is an extremely popular destination for expats and tourists.
The Bund is Shanghai’s main attraction, with its famous skyline of skyscrapers and historical buildings. The skyline can be viewed and photographed while walking along the waterfront promenade and the view can also be enjoyed from many restaurants and cafes in the area.
Yuyuan Garden, also known as “Happiness Garden”, is made up of six areas that are filled with classical Chinese architecture, sculptures and carvings. As well as visiting the Yuyuan bazaar, you can go for walks along the zigzag bridges and view the beautiful pavilions and pagodas.
Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Water Town, also referred to as “The Venice of China” is a popular location in the summer, where you can enjoy the view of well-preserved bridges and old buildings by taking long walks in the area and boat trips.
Shanghai cuisine is made with a blend of flavours from surrounding regions, and different kinds of traditional Chinese dishes can be found here. There are also lots of western food options available, with cafes and breakfast places, and fast food places such as McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King can also be accessed. International food products and home comforts can be ordered and imported using the Taobao app, but this can be quite expensive. However, it is possible to find international groceries in local supermarkets in Shanghai because of the large expat community.
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and temperatures sometimes drop below zero, the coldest month being January (with an average low of 1 °C). In contrast, summers tend to be hot and humid, the hottest month being July (with an average high 32 °C). Rain season is usually from June to September.
Pudong International Airport & Hongqiao International Airport
Positions are available throughout the year in our Monkey Tree English Learning Centres in Hong Kong.
- 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: 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)
- Fully prepared and tailored curriculum
- Assistance in finding accommodation
- Comprehensive training program
Cost of living
Cost of living – 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.
The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant starts at 38 RMB and a meal in a local restaurant can start at 60 RMB. Street vendors offer cheaper meals and snacks and grocery shopping can cost around 200 RMB per week.
Utility costs can be between 280 RMB and 500 RMB per month.
A gym membership costs around 579 RMB per month.
Between 5,000 RMB and 10,000 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.
+Tier 1 city
+Large expat community
+Western food available
+Lots of English speakers
+Westernised compared to other cities in mainland China
−Higher living costs than other locations in China
−busier due to the large population of people living in Shanghai
−The air quality is not as good as smaller and less busy cities