For many people on a special diet or with dietary need (will be addressed in another blog - keep an eye out!), travelling abroad can always be a hassle. Especially when moving to a country that does not speak your mother tongue and have a whole different set of cuisines and dietary norms. In this blog entry, we'll try to give you the best advice we have received from Vegetarian and Vegan teachers in China.
You've probably heard many different opinions on how you should go about grabbing cheap airline tickets. If you're preparing to make the journey to China, affordable airline tickets are probably on your mind. We'll cover all the tested and approved ways of getting airline tickets that don't strain your wallet. We'll also suggest some of the best airline ticket comparison websites that you could cross-reference to make the best decision.
On the 16th of June, 2018, Set In China gathered together with past and new candidates in Shanghai who gave a few hours of their time during the Dragon Boat Festival to talk to us and give us some insight into their experience once arriving in China and their opinions.
Hear from candidates and people just like you.
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of several Chinese national holidays. It spreads over a period of three days - this year starting on the 16th to the 18th. It is celebrated countrywide through traditional foods and customs and while many people will be looking forward to the extended weekend, you should also take notice of the customs involved in celebrating this annual festival.
Many of you thinking about coming to China have probably not studied Chinese a single day in your life! And that's perfectly fine. Many of China's cities have been dubbed English-friendly and many foreigners get about their daily lives with minimal barriers when it comes to getting what they want.
But of course, it never hurts to have a little Chinese under your belt for those difficult situations that may crop up. Or you could find yourself in the Chinese rural countryside where English is a lot harder to come across. The best way to engage yourself in a new language in your free time and on the go.
Culture dictates many things concerning our lives and our immediate surroundings. So it comes with no surprise that that is also true of China and it's culture. Culture can affect things such as our eating habits to our clothes to the way we build our houses and roads. Culture is build on years of beliefs, traditions and arts that cultivate the culture you see today.
Here are our interesting cultural facts about China that might help you understand why things are done a certain way.
There's no need to sugarcoat it: some teachers are brilliant, and some are downright awful.
We've all come across one or the other in during our academic life. And there are many redeeming qualities in all our favourite teachers. An ESL teacher abroad however, experiences a whole other set of challenges to overcome and navigate all while remaining a skilled and competent English coach to their students.
We recognise that extra mile all ESL teachers abroad make.
In this entry, we will cover the 10 qualities you can find in a great ESL teacher.
Chinese food is notorious worldwide. Most of you reading this would have has a Chinese takeaway at some point in your life. But the watered down, quick-and-easy Chinese food available abroad can barely compare to the dishes and cuisines that can be found in China.
China's cooking styles and diets vary with geography, climate, infrastructure, history, religion, minority culture, lifestyle, etc.
Along with China’s large landmass and population comes a large variation of dishes and cuisines to suit all palates.
The cost of living in China has gone up over the years as the country has steadily developed economically. However, despite it becoming the second largest economy in the world after the USA, many of China's most modern cities are still cheaper to live in comparison to many developed countries.
Here we will breakdown the average costs of living in modern China and what you can expect your living expenses to look like.
There are some apps that are simply essential to leading a normal life in China. The Chinese population has become heavily dependent on technology in its everyday life. And you will be expected to adapt to this if you don’t want any weird side-looks and exasperated cashiers.
Here are our suggestions on what your phone should come equipped with before you land in China:
CHINA LIVING EXPENSES