I stumbled across a very interesting video by The Open University. It's a 20 minute video on youtube that explains the history of English education in China. I think it's worth a watch if you're considering going to China to teach in the future. It provides a small insight into a private language school and also the school system.
It really is amazing how massive the TEFL market in China is. Furthermore, it looks set to expand for at least another 15 years. I attended a conference this year by The British Council in China and they mentioned there are between 300-400 million students of English in the country. I don't know if I would go to China at this stage in my TEFL career (it took me long enough to learn Japanese!), but I think it is an ideal first destination for a new teacher.
It mentions that the first sentence Chinese students in the 1970s were taught was: Long Live Chairman Mao.
What a change.
The video alone is worth watching for the older Chinese Linguistics professor (Yi'an Wu) speaking old school 'BBC English'.
Give it a look and then swing by our new jobs board to check out positions in China.