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Teaching in Shanghai

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by cbahia1, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. cbahia1

    cbahia1 New commenter


    I had an interview recently for a primary teaching position in an international school in Shanghai. I was wondering if there is anybody in the TES community who works/has worked as an international teacher in Shanghai or knows a little more about what it's like to work and live in this city.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Helen-Back

    Helen-Back Occasional commenter

    Great city, loads to do. Weather sucks in the winter (cold and rainy) No central heating, so it's hard to keep your apartment warm. Puxi more interesting than Pudong.
  3. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    If you are married with children you live in Pudong, if you young and single you live in Puxi. The newer housing is in Pudong which is more green and less crowded as its the new town of Shanghai. In Puxi the housing in over crowded, old, damp with inadequate sanitation and electrical supply, but Yongkang Lu does have some attraction.

    Also consider in rush hour in Puxi it is quicker to walk to work as the traffic is so bad in the single one way street system. Find the metro station near your school and use that to find your place to live. Many schools now do provide apartments for the first year with an option of moving out in the second year.

    As a single person person you will need at least 10K rmb per month for rent, married without children 12k rmb and with children 15K.
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  4. cbahia1

    cbahia1 New commenter

    Which months are the cold and rainy months? How close are Puxi and Padong from each other?
  5. cbahia1

    cbahia1 New commenter

    I am not sure if we have to find our own accommodation or if they find it for us. It is a question I can ask if i pass the second round of interviewing. Thanks for your comment.
  6. shazzamac

    shazzamac New commenter

    I live and work there. On the metro home right now. There are many many schools. Mine is slightly out of the centre... I have 3 bedrooms paid for by school. Where exactly is the school?
    Loads to do, love the place, just not the weather. My school has 20 somethings and 50 somethings. Everyone enjoys it.
    If you love mature, you might be surprised what beauty you'll find within a few hours.
    Any questions, let me know...
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  7. englishdragon

    englishdragon Occasional commenter

    @shazzamac.....does it really take a few hours to find the beautiful mature? I would think the beautiful mature would be everywhere, distributed within the general population not parked on some mountaintop refuge for old farts. But, I guess there are some secrets that Shanghai does not disclose to the uninitiated.
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  8. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Chongming Island is less than 2 hours away by car from downtown Shanghai, a real hidden gem in a concrete jungle. A 3 hour drive will get you to the Lakes and hills near to Wuxi for a weekends walking. But Shanghai is one large concrete mega city with 24 million people living in and around the place. The city has some great parks around the place but as you can imagine on a good weekend there can be 100,000 people in the park with you all setting up their tent for the day. If you think London and the South East of England are overcrowded wait to see Shanghai.

    I can recommend People Square Metro Station at 6pm, it handles more passengers then the entire London Underground in one day.

    The Shanghai Government have done a fantastic job of opening up many of the river banks with walking and cycle tracks, one of them is 37KM and goes from the city center to the river mouth and sea.
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  9. shazzamac

    shazzamac New commenter

    I honestly think Shanghai feels smaller and less busy than its real population suggests. Came home on metro at 6pm on a Sat from centre of town and it was crowded, but had it worse in Tokyo 20 years ago! And Bangkok seems busier and crazier. It doesn't feel any worse than London, unless you're heading to the Bund on a National Holiday LOL... But then it's well controlled by police and not ever been a problem either. It's a very livable city, unless you live a long way from where you work and have an hour+ commute!
    If it's a good school, decent pay, and you feel it fits you, take it. China has so much more to offer than I had ever realised. And as for wechat, Taobao and Alipay.... How will I ever survive without them when I leave!
    Altho...be prepared for major paperwork headaches for the visa!
    Good luck.
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  10. cbahia1

    cbahia1 New commenter

    Thank you for your recommendations!

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