Shenzhen is a clean, modern Chinese city that got its start in the late 1970s after spending centuries as a small fishing village tucked behind Hong Kong. After opening to foreign investment, the city sprouted award-winning gleaming skyscrapers, wide boulevards and some of the country’s finest dedicated green spaces, which fit any overseas teacher lifestyle perfectly.
Teaching English in Shenzhen means you get to experience the awe of living in China in a city that is hip, modern and one of the country’s biggest not-so-secret secrets. In fact, many teachers who visit during their time in China pick Shenzhen as one of their favorite places to visit thanks to its traditional attractions (temples, gardens, etc.), hiking mountains and sunny beaches all within the city limits.
It’s a city practically made for ESL teachers abroad with thousands of exciting international and local dining options from convenient fast food to luxury dining and there are hundreds of clubs and bars to enjoy the city’s nightlife, known around the country for its local live music scene.
- Population: 3.5 million (urban area); 15 million (provincial area)
- Public Transportation: 5 metro lines, 1000 bus routes, taxis
- Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
- Climate: Subtropical, with four seasons – hot summers and mild winters
- Established: Flagship Shenzhen English First school opened in 2001
- Teach English in Shenzhen at one of our 14 schools
What Makes Shenzhen Unique?
- Shenzhen is a migrant city. Teachers will meet people from all over
China and find a diverse culture thanks to massive foreign investment
and some of the best universities in China
- High concentration of Mandarin speakers with no local dialects
- Coastal city with easy access to more than a dozen natural beaches
- Blue skies and only 6 weeks of mild winter
- Tropical plants everywhere – mango trees and durians in the street, and beautifully colored flowers along every main road or motorway