Xuzhou was home to the first emperor of the Han dynasty and has a long history, although it has not yet been discovered by tourists. It has an interesting blend of traditional China along with a fast developing, modern city. Located between Shanghai and Beijing, it is a great gateway for exploring China.
Xuzhou is a mix of new and old, between modern and traditional. You will find major shopping malls side by side with street vendors, modern apartment buildings and traditional Chinese households. Outside your apartment building, you will find small shops, a variety of restaurants, retired Chinese watching their grandchildren or playing majiang, and in the evening there is dancing in the squares.
From the vibrant street markets downtown to the gorgeous man-made lake in the south-west of the city, life as a foreigner in Xuzhou is always an interesting adventure, but at the same time always comfortable. While having access to international restaurants and supermarkets, you have the benefits of local prices which makes daily life in Xuzhou very attractive.
- Population: 8.5 million
- Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 international airport, public bikes, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four distinct seasons
- EF Xuzhou opened in 2007
What Makes Xuzhou Unique?
- Considered the major transit hub of China— you can travel to Shanghai or Beijing in less than 3 hours, or go on a short trip to traditional Qufu or Kaifeng
- Home to the only set of terracotta warriors outside of Xian, and with a wide range of lakes, hills and temples, to be explored
- Home to one of the biggest jogging teams in China, which is great for teachers who enjoy running
- In Xuzhou, there are plenty of ways to spend your time when you are not teaching English. Whether you like yoga, basketball, cinema, or a night out at a small bar or club, you will find something.
- Meals are a big part of life in Xuzhou, from spicy hot pot, outdoor BBQ, Xuzhou Di Guo, or street food to modern western restaurants