If you enjoy the happening atmosphere of big and rapidly growing cities, then China is the place to come. Feel the buzz of the urbanization rush in the fastest developing country in the history of the planet. Three of the most popular and competitive places to teach English in China are Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. These cities are busy metropolises with plenty of entertainment, restaurants and shopping centers. Shenzhen is one of China’s newer cities, offering warm weather and a quick ferry ride to Hong Kong. However, large cities like we mentioned above are making people survive hardly with their extremely high price, congested transportation, crowded living conditions, and relatively less leisure time. Other places (major cities) you might enjoy teaching English in China include Zhengzhou, Jinan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Guilin, Nanjing, Luoyang, Qingdao, and Xi’an.
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WEATHER IN CHINA
China is the third largest country in the world by area so, as you can imagine, the weather varies a lot from region to region. It’s home to a range of landscapes, including desert, grassland, and around 9,000 miles of coastline. Heilongjiang Province in northeast China can drop well below zero degrees in the winter – think -30°C! – whereas Xinjiang in northwest China can reach temperatures above 30°C in summer.
In an effort to simplify this hugely diverse country, it would be fair to say that China is generally hot and rainy in summer, and cold and dry in winter. Below, we’ve highlighted the weather in the four most popular places to teach in China, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Zhengzhou.
China’s gigantic capital, Beijing, is at its coolest in January averaging -4°C and at it warmest in July averaging a temperature of 26°C. During the summer, it’s extremely humid and rainy, especially in June and July.
On the east coast of China, Shanghai is slightly warmer than Beijing, enjoying mild winters and subtropical summers. Temperatures drop to an average of 5°C in the coldest month of January and rise to 28°C in the hottest months of July and August. The city also gets heavy rainfall during the summer, especially in June and August, and is extremely humid year-round.
Not far from Hong Kong, Guangzhou is pretty warm and humid all year round. From June to August, the city averages 28°C, and in January, the temperature is around 14°C. With a subtropical monsoon climate, rainfall is heavy in Guangzhou from April to September, peaking in May, and humidity is high throughout the year.
Featuring a warm temperate continental climate, Zhengzhou has four distinct seasons with an annual average temperature of 14.4 °C and an average rainfall of 640.9 mm. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 27.3 °C and the coldest temperature is about 0.2 °C in January. Therefore, Spring and Autumn are both the best time to visit Zhengzhou to avoid heat in Summer and cold in Winter. In every October, you’ll enjoy Shaolin Kungfu a lot during the Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival.