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Teach English in Nanjing

Nanjing, historically also Nanking, is the capital city of Jiangsu Province, and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on six or ten dynasties in ancient Chinese history, it has a rich and brilliant cultural heritage.

Nanjing means "southern capital" (versus Beijing meaning "northern capital"), situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and is the central city of the lower Yangtze Basin. It is one of the most delightful destinations in China.

Like most major cities in China, Nanjing is developing rapidly. Great changes have taken place in the city. Modern highways and railways connect the city with most major cities throughout the country and it is becoming a sparkling metropolis akin to Shanghai and Beijing with skyscrapers, underground, luxury hotels, fashion shopping malls, supermarkets and highly-developed economic zones throughout the city. All of the universities and various other schools hire language teachers.

Facts and Figures

English Name Nanjing
Chinese Name 南京 (Nánjīng)
Government Type Capital of Jiangsu Province (Sub-provincial city)
Population 8,109,100 (2011)
Area 6,598 km2   (2,548 sq mi)
Density 1,230/km2   (3,183/sq mi)
Major languages Mandarin (simplified Chinese, Putonghua)
Monetary unit Renminbi (Chinese yuan, CNY)
International dialling code +86 (0) 25
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 Nanjing

Monthly salary CN¥6,400 – CN¥15,000 (approx. US$1,000-US$2,400) 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¥3,000/month (approx. US$500/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.


Nanjing is one of the most beautiful cities of mainland China with lush green parks, natural scenic lakes, small mountains, historical buildings & monuments, relics and much more, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. Famous attractions include: Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, China Gate, Linggu Temple, Confucius Temple, President Palace, Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, Nanjing Folk Museum, Purple Mountain and Qinhuai River.

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. 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.