5. Pro – High standard but the low cost of living
It’s this winning combination, coupled with the high salaries, that make China such an appealing teaching destination. Life here is still inexpensive, even in megacities and especially when compared to most of Europe, North America and definitely Australia and New Zealand. Plus, there’s a ton of options to keep your cost of living low, including eating locally and not renting a 5* serviced apartment in the absolute centre of a city’s CBD. Your life will still include plenty of comforts and indulgences.
6. Con – Lack of familiar products/services
You get what you pay for, some might say, although we don’t entirely agree. Some ex-pats bemoan the lack of home comforts yet, in reality, (almost) everything you may want is here. The catch? You’ll pay top dollar for it if it’s imported and not made locally.
7. Pro-Independence & freedom
The irony of ex-pat living in China is that, despite what you may have read, you’ll have a lot of freedom living here. Parents, in particular, find it liberating to be in a culture that doesn’t judge parenting styles yet for every foreigner it can be as simple as not having family and friends around expecting you to work and live a certain way. In fact, this is one of the most revered benefits of living in China or anywhere else outside of your home country. You can enjoy the kind of personal independence that’s difficult to experience at home.