I am scheduled to arrive in Shanghai for this June 2017. I wondered how many of you will be arriving and teaching in Shanghai around the same time. I thought it would be a great idea to connect with as many of you as possible and share ideas and tips about what to bring and what we are looking forward to, etc, etc, when we get to Shanghai. I have been binge watching so many videos on youtube about foreigners living in China, and I feel that I may have reached my limit, and I will look elsewhere for more info.
Anyway, I hope to hear from you and chat about our upcoming move to China.
I will be coming in July. I guess ill find out my district once I am there.
Yes, I guess we get to Shanghai and we will know the location of the school just before we arrive or upon arrival. Is this your first time to China?
Yeah, they will give you your centre placement when you arrive. There are something like 22 kids and teens schools, so with so many teachers coming and going you get put where there is the most need at the time of arrival -- not something that can be planned months in advance usually. But most centres are easily accessible by metro and often inside of shopping centres or near other busy areas, so don't worry about having long treks from the city centre. In fact, there were 3 centres within walking distance of my last flat, even after I switched jobs, EF was so close!
Thanks for getting back to me. I want to know everything! I will start with the basics, what type of apartment did you live in when you last lived in Shanghai? What would you say is something I must bring from home to China? Really, any tips or suggestions are most welcome.
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! The rent you mentioned seems much higher than I thought I would be paying; were the apartments in the new 'western style' high rises? I heard that cockroaches are a big deal over there, is it true?
How did you bring all the extra stuff you mentioned with you? Did you pay extra when you flew over? Or is there another way? Not to mention, the weight of winter clothing! I noticed vloggers in China wearing their winter coats inside during the winter. *wow
Yeah we are going to suffer big time this summer! I will be sure to bring sunscreen and bug repellent!
Sorry for all the questions but I am so happy to be talking to someone who has living experience in China :)
Hey again Holle,
I think down town is the place to be as I don't want to have long travel times to and from work and I want to have access to lots of different activities while I'm living there. I found pottery classes being given that I plan to take. I have a list of things I want in my apartment including air conditioning, and a washer and dryer, oh and a western style toilet! LOL I will check out the link you gave me, thanks so much.
OK, I am on the right track looking at large suitcases :) as for buying clothes there I wear plus sizes and I was told that there aren't larger sized clothing for women available there.
How is your Mandarin? I have just scratched the surface as a beginner but I do want to learn the language.
Will be arriving on the 14th of June from SA
Hey Nomawabo Myeki! I hope that all of Holle's knowledgeable info helps, I know that it has been great for me. I will be arriving a week after you on the 21st from Canada.