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Teaching English in Zhangjiagang

Zhangjiagang is a small (population 1.3 million), very prosperous city on the south bank of the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province, China. It’s a government-designated model city, criss-crossed with small canals, with a clean, green environment, tree-lined streets and a pedestrian shopping area. It’s also a free trade zone with large amounts of foreign investment. Zhangjiagang is situated 90 minutes from Shanghai train and is close to historical towns Nanjing and Suzhou.

As a Special Economic Development Zone, the city welcomes more and more foreigners and investment every year. Zhangjiagang is actually made up of 5 slowly merging towns. EF is located in Yangshe town, the largest and most prosperous in the area. As a result, everything you need is nearby, from nightclubs to restaurants to your house, all are a short ride away by bicycle, scooter or taxi.

Zhangjiagang offers something to suit everyone, with all aspects of Chinese society and culture on show. If you’re looking for traditional food, scenery and excursions, there’s plenty to see and do. If you want to witness China’s growth first hand, Zhangjiagang is a living, breathing example. If you’re looking for a welcoming, clean and comfortable city in which to enjoy your China experience and development as a teacher, then you certainly won’t be disappointed.

City Statistics

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Public Transportation: 2 long-distance bus stations, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
  • Language: Mandarin, local dialects
  • Climate: Subtropical, with four distinct seasons
  • EF Zhangjiagang opened in 2001

What Makes Zhangjiagang Unique?

  • In 1993, Zhangjiagang was selected to be a unique model city for all of China. Visitors remark on the beauty, cleanliness and friendliness of Zhangjiagang relative to other Chinese cities. Up to 300,000 tourists visit Zhangjiagang every year to sample what could be the future of urban life in China.
  • Zhangjiagang is located along the Yangtze River. The land surrounding Zhangjiagang is extremely fertile, with large spans of rice paddies as far as the eye can see.
  • Zhangjiagang takes great pride in being a beautiful and clean city, and this can be seen in its numerous parks throughout the city. Developed at considerable expense, these parks are beautifully landscaped, with lakes, fountains, beaches and play areas where the locals & teachers alike laze around in summer. The city’s beauty makes it a perfect choice for someone who is looking to teach English in China.
  • In 2008, Zhangjiagang got the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for setting a new trend in integrated urban-rural development and management through an initiative by the city’s authorities to improve the quality of life for farmers and other residents in its hinterland.
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