Beijing – The Capital of China
With the growing demand for English teachers, China is an ideal destination for teaching English abroad for many reasons. However, the country is so big that many ESL teachers have troubles deciding where they should teach English in China. The populous and exciting capital – Beijing – tops the list for some. Here’s everything you should know about teaching ESL in Beijing, China:
A Few Facts About Beijing
China’s capital city, Beijing, has a population of approximately 21.7 million people (2017). It’s not the largest city in China (Shanghai is!), but it’s among the 10 largest cities in the world. Mandarin, the official national language of China, is widely spoken in Beijing. Located in the northeast of China, Beijing has four distinct seasons: freezing cold, dry winter; hot, rainy summer; warm spring; and cool, pleasant autumn.
The average salary in Beijing, China is 246,292 Chinese Yuan, or around $36,643 annually, according to Payscale. The source also states that the average salary of ESL teachers in Beijing, China is around 132,885 Yuan, or almost $20,000 a year.
In fact, Beijing is listed among the top four first-tier cities in China. Your English teaching monthly salary range in Beijing would look like this:
- Public schools in Beijing: $1,500 – $2,500
- Language centers in Beijing: $1,800 – $2,500
- International/private schools in Beijing: $2,500 – $4,500
Expat Resources in Beijing
Here are some great resources for Beijing city guide about the top restaurants, bars, nightlife, lifestyle, and arts and culture events.
- The Beijinger – The site is founded in 2001, which is a comprehensive guide for expats in living in Beijing, China.
- Timeout Beijing – Discover the Beijing events, things to do, restaurants, gigs, and nightlife.
Why Teach English Abroad in Beijing, China
Despite being among the countries that pay the highest salaries for teaching abroad, China has a unique culture, impressive centuries-old architecture, diverse sceneries, and delicious food – all of which are most lively in its capital city, Beijing. Whether it’s the Forbidden City or The Great Wall you’re attracted to or the Peking duck and dumplings that are calling your inner foodie, there’s something for everyone in Beijing.
For once in your life, utterly immerse yourself in Beijing’s vibes and cultures, as well as the fast-moving, technology-driven lifestyle here. Forget about bringing cash or credit cards around. It’s almost too convenient to pay for anything and send friends money using the WeChat app on your phone.
Getting around Beijing is extremely easy with the convenient buses, metros and high-speed trains. And, it’s incredibly safe in Beijing (forget about the common misconception of pickpocketing here!).