Shenzhen, located in the Guangdong Province, is a modern metropolis in Southern China that links Hong Kong to mainland China. As well as a few historical attractions, Shenzhen also boasts plenty of amusement parks. There are many things to do here, from shopping and dining to enjoying the nightlife, making it a popular destination for foreigners as well as people from other parts of China.
Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
Fairy Lake Botanical Garden is home to the highest peak in Shenzhen, Phoenix Tree Mountain. It is a botanical garden filled with over 12,000 different plant species and is made up of over six main landscape areas with different themes for tourists to enjoy. As well as themed gardens and museums, you can also visit the Fairy Lake where you can take a boat ride and enjoy beautiful scenery and rare plants, and a Hongfa Temple. The botanical garden can be reached by bus and metro and entry only costs around 15 RMB per person.
Window of The World
Window of The World is a theme park where you can find more than 100 reproductions of the world’s most famous tourist attractions in one place. With replicas of the Egyptian pyramids, Leaning Tower of Pisa, imitation of Niagara Falls and many more, this theme park offers a fun and entertaining day out with plenty of opportunities to take pictures. You can reach Window of The World by metro or bus and entry costs around 220 RMB per person.
Nanshan Mountains provide a peaceful contrast to the busyness of the city area. With hiking opportunities and beautiful views of the ocean, this part of the countryside makes a great getaway for some quiet time. There are parks surrounding the mountains where you can go for long walks and picnics and entry is free. Visiting these mountains during the week is said to be the best time to visit, as it’s less busy, making it a great way to spend a weekday off work.
Due to the increasing number of people migrating from other cities to Shenzhen, and foreigners, there is a lot of diversity in Shenzhen when it comes to food. From spicy Sichuan food to traditional Cantonese dishes, there are plenty of traditional Chinese restaurants to try out, as well as westernised food places. There are also recognisable fast food restaurants such as McDonalds and vegetarian and vegan food is not difficult to find. Morning tea which involves sharing tea and dim sum with others for breakfast is traditional in Shenzhen, and other dishes such as salt-baked chicken and stuffed bean curd are also popular.
Shenzhen has a long mild summer and short relatively warm winter, with an average temperature of 22 °C of the whole year. The highest temperature is around 35 °C (95 F), and there is a high level of humidity. In winter, the average temperature is 10 °C, but the temperature can drop to as low as 3 °C for a small amount of time.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Positions are available throughout the year in our Monkey Tree English Learning Centers in Shenzhen, in the Luohu District, Nanshan District and the Longgang 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 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 Shenzhen starts at 34 RMB and a meal in a local restaurant can cost around 70 RMB. A weekly grocery shop can cost around 200 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 260 RMB and 600 RMB per month.
－The cost of a gym membership is around 350 RMB per month.
The cost of accommodation in Shenzhen can be between 2,900 RMB and 5,000 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 with rapid economic growth and a large expat community.
+ Hong Kong is also very close by so visiting Hong Kong on days off or for short breaks is easy.
+ Public transport is regular and simple to use, so visiting tourist attractions or traveling between cities is not difficult.
− Highly populated, higher living costs.
− Not as many historical sites to visit compared to other cities.