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Teach English in Beijing

Beijing, capital of China, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government. Beijing municipality is surrounded by Hebei province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin municipality to the southeast.

Beijing is China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, economic, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies.

Beijing, one of the six ancient cities in China, has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight. It has been the heart of China’s history for centuries. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates. Its art treasures and universities have long made it a centre of culture and art in China.

Facts and Figures

English Name Beijing, Peking
Chinese Name 北京 (běi jīng)
Government Municipality; Capital of China
Population 19,612,368 (2010)
Area 16,801.25 km2   (6,487.00 sq mi)
Density 1,200/km2   (3,000/sq mi)
Major languages Mandarin (simplified Chinese, Putonghua)
Monetary unit Renminbi (Chinese yuan, CNY)
International dialling code +86 (0) 10
Drives on the right
Time zone China standard time (UTC+8)


Ideal candidates must be English native speaker, and should have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • TEFL/TESL Certified or Professionally Trained;
  • no criminal record and
  • good mental and physical health.

Basic Benefits of Teaching Jobs In Beijing

Monthly salary CN¥6,400 – CN¥22,000 (approx. US$1,000-US$3,500) based on qualifications/experience     Currency Exchange
Medical insurance, transport allowance for work, bonuses and travel allowance
Airfare round trip airfare (economy class)
Free accommodation or Monthly housing allowance (CN¥4,000/month (approx. US$1,800/month)
Working Hours 40 hours/week, 5 days a week
Paid public and school holidays
Medical insurance, transport allowance for work, bonuses and travel allowance

* Salary is negotiable, dependent upon the responsibilities and relevant work experience.
* The Chinese school year runs from September to January, and then March to June. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most schools remain open. Major public holidays usually last seven days at a time, and the winter holiday including Chinese New Year lasts about a month.

In addition to the school's employment package, Prospects Asia also provides the supports below:

  • VISA application;
  • Emergency contact in China during the contract period.


With a history of more than 3,000 years, Beijing has been an integral part of China's history. Local attractions include: Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, National Stadium, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, Beijing Zoo, Peking Opera, Hutongs and Yonghe Lamasery.

Culture Shock

English teachers in China arrive with a wide range of expectations. Some come to China with ESL degrees specifically to teach English. Others see teaching English as a means to experience a new culture. There are those who teach to support themselves while looking for other jobs in China, or while doing research in other fields. Each individual brings his or her own unique perspective to the job and will have different reactions to new circumstances. While China is developing rapidly and is increasingly open to global markets, it is still very different from the west. Do not expect to encounter the same standard of living, even in the big westernized cities like Beijing. Having realistic expectations and a flexible attitude will help prepare you for the stress that can accompany living and working in a different culture. It's important to stay optimistic, stay open minded and keep in mind that it will pass.