Teaching English in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province
It is the city that combines the traditional local Chinese culture with modern styles. I’ve lived here since the year of 2015. Every year I notice how this city grows fast and it surprises me every time.
About the City 🌆
Huzhou is the city with a 2.6 million population in northern Zhejiang Province, China. Lying south of Lake Tai, it borders Jiaxing to the east, Hangzhou to the south, and the provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui to the north and west respectively.
It is famous for silk and it’s traditional ink brushes. I bought one while enjoying my days off from teaching English. There is a shopping mall named Intime city located in the central area looking high and in modern building artistic style. So I think everyone can find something they like. It is a perfect place for people who enjoy a quiet life but at the same time who also likes to travel and explore new things. Check the latest teaching positions available in Huzhou.
🐉 Learning Chinese Mandarin
I made a lot of friends here, locals and foreigners from all over the world. Local people are very friendly, and they are always happy to see foreigners and talk with them, even we couldn’t understand each other. In the beginning, it was difficult to live without knowing any Chinese for they mainly speak Chinese Mandarin and the local dialects, but now I notice that more and more people can speak English. However, I still wish to communicate with them in their native language.
I started learning Chinese from my Chinese friends and get lots of fun through it as I use it and practice it day by day. It is now becoming a hobby of me actually. Now I gradually speak Chinese fluently and it is so wonderful and amazing when you can not only understand but also can express and change ideas with them.
🍜 Local cuisine
I’m absolutely in love with the food here, from simple Chinese dumplings (my favorite is Zhou’s) to Dried Beancurd Sheets, which are known for a unique blend of spices and within the filling. There are also other good restaurants that I’m regularly going like Ding Lian Fang and Zhu Laoda (I will recommend you to go at breakfast time. They serve really nice Rice Pudding, Zongzi in Chinese).
When I have the days off, I like to visit cities around. For example, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, etc. as these cities are all within close distance for a day trip. I have a lot of cities that I still haven’t paid a visit but have put them into the list already.
Everything is so fast ⚡
One of the most impressive things in China is the service.
💳 Payments. Most people don’t use cash now but use Alipay and WeChat Wallet instead.
🥡 Food delivery. All kinds of food in one app and you’ll get it in an hour. Apps like Meituan and Eleme.
📦 Online shopping on Taobao. You can almost find everything there.
🚖 Transportation. Didi, a Chinese version of Uber, but faster and cheaper. I miss all those things every time when I leave China for other countries.
😉 Last but not least - I would like to recommend Moganshan 🥾 🏕️, a popular summer retreat. There, visitors can go hiking, swimming and enjoy the natural scenery of Zhejiang Province. It was one of my cherished memories of traveling.