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Teaching English in Zhengzhou

As the provincial capital of Henan, Zhengzhou lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River – the cradle of Chinese civilization, and is one of Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China.

Zhengzhou’s location in central China makes it a major national transportation hub. Zhengzhou East Railway Station, the largest railway station in Asia, makes it convenient for those traveling around China.

The cuisine here is famous for its delicious noodles. Beef or lamb noodles can be found in many restaurants, but the best are the local corner stores that have a long history of making the dish.


A much lower cost of living allowance allows for a much higher purchasing power and leftover disposable income.

City Statistics

  • Population: 10 million
  • Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 international airport, 3 subway line, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
  • Language: Mandarin, local dialects
  • Climate: Subtropical with four distinct seasons
  • EF Zhengzhou Flagship Center opened in 2001

What Makes Zhengzhou Unique?

  • Zhengzhou is right at the epicentre of the economic and technological transformation of central China. More than 70% of Apple iPhones sold worldwide are manufactured here.
  • Shaolin Temple (the ancient centre of Chinese Kung Fu) is less than an hour’s drive away from the city centre
  • Luoyang, Kaifeng and Anyang are three other Great Ancient Capitals and are located nearby – a great place to visit for a day trip while teaching English in China.
  • In the centre of town, Erqi Square is a great area for teachers at English First to explore with a lively night market and several streets spreading out into culturally-rich neighbourhoods
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