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Teach English in Guangzhou

Guangzhou, known historically as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province. Being an excellent port on the Pearl River navigable to the South China Sea, and with fast accessibility to Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou serves as the political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural center in Guangdong area.

Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and southern China's largest city, one of the five National Central Cities, it holds sub-provincial administrative status.

Being the first cities benefited from China's Reform and Opening Up policy since 1978, the city acts as the pioneer of the economic development of the country, with thousands of large, small and medium-sized enterprises, which make the city as the main manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta and one of mainland China's leading commercial and manufacturing regions.

Facts and Figures

English Name Guangzhou, Canton, Kwangchow
Chinese Name 广州 (guǎng zhōu)
Government Sub-provincial city; Capital of Guangdong Province
Population 12,700,800 (2010)
Area 7,434 km2   (2,870 sq mi)
Density 1,708/km2   (4,425/sq mi)
Major languages Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka
Monetary unit Renminbi (Chinese yuan, CNY)
International dialling code +86 (0) 20
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.


For travelers, Guangzhou shows much attraction through its famous sights such as the Five Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park, Pearl River, White Cloud Mountain, Chimelong Resort, Shamian Island, Lotus Hill, Chen Clan Academy, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Guangdong Provincial Museum and Temple of Six Banyan Trees.

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 Guangzhou. 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.