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|MissCeliaJ 1 post||
I'm moving to Hangzhou in a weeks time to teach with EF. Anyone who has been to Hangzhou or has worked with EF, I would love to hear from you. This is my first overseas teaching position and I don't really know what to expect.
- What are the plug/sockets like in China and do I need an adaptor for my English appliances?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!! Thanks,
|marcwilson87 3 posts||
I have never worked there but I have been to hangzhou before. I would GUESS you could pick up milk in some places but it would be expensive. It won't take long until you get addicited to green tea anyway!
You will need to get an adapater for your plug sockets. Not sure what Voltage you need but it's the same as the rest of SE Asia. Also, just take Yuan to tide you over. I found US Dollor got a better exchange rate when I was there a year ago.
hangzhou is bloody lovely aswell. Enjoy the lakes!
|Dave101 14 posts||
Im moving there too! In July. Keep in touch, good luck!
|juliekaye 6 posts||
I am moving to Hubei in August and have been getting info from someone currently living there. Below is some random info that I copied from an email she sent me.....
I knew lots of random vocab, but I still couldn't really talk to anyone. I would suggest looking in to some books on learning Chinese, that will be ridiculously cheap, and probably more useful (than Rosetta Stone) on learning some basic Chinese, and be able to have simple conversations upon arrival.
|Hopkinad 2 posts||
I'm going to Hangzhou in a few weeks to teach there. We should meet up if you are still there.
|Longstaff 12 posts||
Hi, I've been living and working near Hangzhou for 2 years now. Despite what some people say - MILK IS EASY TO GET AND VERY INEXPENSIVE! But it is not "fresh" milk in the cooler like some people feel they must have, it is the UHT Milk (I think this is what it's called in England) that is in sealed packages, and it stays good for a long time, don't need to refrigerate it till it is open. Well, I actually prefer this kind of milk in my tea, coffee etc. So I think milk is EASY. (I buy it in boxes of about 24 little small packs of milk) -- but there are many "flavored" kinds of the milk (sweetened milk etc.), so if you just want regular (no flavor) I think the boxes are usually green, or they might say "pure milk". ---(I inserted an image)
Money when you come? I bought Chinese Yuan at my local bank before I came, if you can't get it at the bank, you should be able to buy them at any international airport at the money exchanges. The largest note, that you probably buy, is the 100 Yuan, it is a Red note. ---
Electric? - I think you are from England, so you have 240 volts? -- yes, the voltage is the same here in China, ... but you will need some sort of simple plug adapter so you can plug things in. They are cheap. Can find them online or International airports should have them. (I insterted an image of the Chinese wall plug - one type has 3 parts, the smaller type has 2 parts)
Hangzhou - well, if you love big crowded cities, you'll like it there. very crowded - lots of traffic jams - we visited there and it was much quicker to walk than take a car! (well, I suppose it depends what part of the city you are in) - but yes, it has that famous lake there that everyone loves.
-- I don't know anything about English First ----
I'm working at a University about 2 hours drive from Hangzhou in a small town called Linhai - we have a beautiful "Great Southern Wall" here (smaller than the great wall, but still an ancient and beautiful old wall around 3/4 of the city. - many tourists come to see it) -- If you come to Linhai, you can get in touch with me.
|ovictorio 2 posts||
Those of you who traveled to teach. Are you still there? Who is with English First? I'm considering it and would love more information asap on housing, consistancy of compensation and any pitfalls you may have encountered.
|Callum10Rock 14 posts||
does anyone have experience with good language schools in china? If so please get in touch as I am serously looking to teach there in december 2012.
I am currently teaching in Malaysia so it isnt too far for me to go.