Chengdu Overview Why Teach in Chengdu?
The city of Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province and it happens to be one of the three most populated cities within western China. Chengdu is a large city like New York City or Paris, but it offers a unique perspective on life in China. Everyone who chooses to go there is always impressed by what they can see and do on a regular day in this city, while also getting to explore other areas a little further away on their days off.
The culture in Chengdu is prominent and it can be seen within the temples, the handicrafts that are made, the historical sites, and the festivals that take place. The locals within this city speak Chengdu dialect, which is a slight variation of Sichuan dialect. The local dialect is similar to the Mandarin that people speak in other cities within the country, but it is different enough to make others think twice before they speak!
Fun fact: non-locals will want to be prepared to hear what they may perceive as yelling when the locals are talking in their native language. While it does sound like they are fighting, it is just the sound that the language makes, and it is normally a regular conversation.
Facts About Chengdu
This city is located within the plains of the country, but it is surrounded by numerous mountain ranges including the Longmen Mountains, the Qionglai Mountains, and the Longquan Mountains.
The weather is fairly moderate in Chengdu, with winters getting colder than other areas of the country and the summers warming up without getting too hot.
While it does rain quite a bit during the warmer months, it is not often that this city sees any significant amounts of snow.
Living in Chengdu
Though being a major city, cost of living in Chengdu is quite low comparing to many other major cities. Therefore, most people will find that they can do extremely well when they choose to move to this area of the country.
The rent for a single apartment in the city center is approximately $350 per month, and that could go down further to $220 if you choose to live outside of the center. For most positions hired in Chengdu, accommodation is mostly provided for free for foreign teachers.
The utilities, including water, heat, electricity, internet, and television can cost upwards of $50 per month, while taking the bus is fairly cheap at $20 for a monthly pass.
When talking about food, there are millions of options for you to choose in the city of Chengdu, which also has a reputation for having the best food in China. The price of food here is fairly reasonable and you are very likely to order a lot whenever dining out.
“A person can live in Chengdu for way less than $1,000 per month. Some people may spend more on than others, depending on what lifestyle they decide to live.”
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Things to do when you are in Chengdu:
Hug a panda
One of the favorite things to do in the area is visit the giant pandas at one of the four panda reserves in the city. The four reserves are the Woolong Panda Research Center, the Dujiangyan Base, the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, and the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base.
There are approximately fifty pandas at the Chengdu Center, which is why it is usually easiest for a person to see quite a few of them all at once there. This is also the best place to see numerous baby pandas, as well as swans, peacocks, and red pandas.
The Dujiangyan Panda Base is perfect for those who want a more hands on experience, as they have the one-day panda keeper program. The program allows visitors to hold a panda, make food for them, feed them, and even clean their enclosures.
Sichuan opera and drama
One of the best cultural experiences in Chengdu is the Sichuan opera and the drama unfolds as the people on the stage change their masks to express their moods during the performance.
Jinsha Ruin & Sanxingdui Site
There are plenty of historical sites within this city, but the most popular ones that everyone must visit include the Jinsha Ruin, the Sanxingdui Archaeological Site and Museum, and the Wuhou Memorial Temple.
The Jinsha Ruin contains artifacts that are three thousand years old and it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites within China. The Sanxingdui Site has artifacts that are at least five thousand years old and it has the designation of being the largest museum in the southwestern part of China. The most famous piece there is the world’s oldest life sized standing human statue.
Wuhou Memorial Temple
Unlike other cities you may find work in when you move to China, you will find that Beijing has one of the best and friendliest expat groups in the country. The crowd is diverse too, with people hailing from different backgrounds and careers. It’s not all teachers so you’ll meet other people who can help you and have an interesting array of friends.
People must also stop at Mount Emei, which is one of the four infamous Buddhist mountains within the country.
Perks of teaching in Chengdu
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