Teaching English in Shenyang

Shenyang, located in the heart of Liaoning province and on the bank of the Hun River, has a history that stretches back thousands of years. While modern Shenyang grows bigger by the day, glimpses into the past can still be found. Cultural and historical relics from Neolithic ruins to Qing palaces are still well preserved. 

Shenyang offers a wide range of dining experiences. Due to its history and location in northeast China, Korean and Japanese cuisines are both well represented in Shenyang. Regional Chinese cuisines, such as spicy Sichuan and Cantonese dishes, are also quite popular. Western and other foreign restaurants are also widespread. Comfort foods such as New York style pizza or a nice Indian or Thai curry are favorites of our teachers.

Teachers enjoy a number of recreational activities during their time off, including football, mountain climbing, swimming, tennis, cycling, badminton, laser tag, bowling and relaxing in sports clubs. Many also enjoy as well as uniquely Chinese activities from kung fu and tai chi to calligraphy and learning Mandarin. 

Shoppers will love Shenyang. Shops and markets cater to all tastes and budgets. Large supermarkets, convenience stores, and superb fruit and vegetable markets are available across the city.

City Statistics

  • Population: 8 million
  • Public Transportation: 3 major train stations, 1 international airport, 2 subway lines, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Climate: Hot summers, cold winters, moderate springs/autumns
  • EF Shenyang opened in 2001

What Makes Shenyang Unique?

  • Shenyang’s Forbidden City, the Qing dynasty’s first imperial palace, is a major tourist attraction that is worth a visit. Also still standing in the city are four Buddhist pagodas that represented the cardinal points of the city in the 17th century
  • Surrounding areas offer a multitude of recreational activities year-round. In winter people flock to ski slopes and nearby hot springs. Summer is the perfect time to explore the surrounding countryside on your bike or climb mountains
  • Shenyang is not a tourist trap, so foreigners here enjoy a rich and authentic Chinese experience
  • Shenyang is still a very affordable city to live in. A lower cost of living means that a teacher’s salary goes further every month, leaving them free to save, spend on travel, or even send money back home
  • Shenyang is the perfect place to learn Chinese, with the locals speaking a standardized version of the language
  • Shenyang is also home to one of the world’s largest wholesale markets. With a little time and a great deal of patience you can find practically everything at Shenyang’s Wu Ai Wholesale Market
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