Looking to get into the Mainland? Look no further than HESS! We have branches in both the Shanghai and Beijing areas and are growing year by year. Bustling cities and ancient culture make China an amazing location to live and work abroad. As we continue to grow and expand in the Mainland, we'll need experienced and motivated staff to help us along the way!
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<p>A vibrant, bustling city that is a perfect example of China’s recent growth.</p>
Chinese culture is both traditional and modern. It's easy to lose yourself in ancient temples or China's expansive urban jungles. Most Chinese are predominately Han Chinese, but there are other large ethnic groups like Zhuang, Hui, Manchu, and Uyghur. You'll find that there are a lot of similarities and differences not only between ethnic groups but also from community to community. With a population of over 1 billion, you're bound to find a lot of variety!
The people in China are really friendly, but they may not speak that much English. Yet, you do not need to speak Mandarin to reach out to them. Most of the restaurant owners or shop vendors are street smart, so they can figure out what you need using broken English, insufficient Mandarin, and lots of hand gestures. Friendships have been built upon these communications, so don't be afraid to get out there and try!
With more than 2,000 years of practice, China has perfected the art of food. There are tons of styles of Chinese food, and there's always something around the corner that'll surprise you. From fried rice, to dim sum, to guotie (pot stickers), it's easy to find new "go to" dishes to get you through the week.
Don't worry though, because if you are craving something from home, it's easy to find a foreign supermarket and plenty of Western restaurants, too. If cooking is your thing, there are also plenty of supermarkets that have Western ingredients.
As an expat in China, transportation is like a big, synchronized dance where everyone else hears the music except for you. Traffic can be a bit overwhelming and even a little scary at times. The big upside is that you don’t have to navigate through it on your own. Public transportation options are plentiful, cheap, and clean. Everyone in China relies heavily on buses, trains and taxis, so these methods of getting around are often the best option.
In addition to the usual modes of public transportation, there are a lot of private three-wheel motorcycles that can transport you comfortably over short distances. These vehicles are convenient and readily available. Alternatively, if you don't like to deal with traffic, you can find a house that is within walking distance of the school.
Housing in China is modern and affordable. Most people tend to live in high-rise apartment complexes that are relatively accommodating. These communities usually have everything you need within walking distance. Supermarkets, convenient stores, gyms, and restaurants are easily accessible.
Since China is experiencing a property boom, it is not uncommon to find apartment complexes with only 25–30% occupancy. Don't be alarmed if you don't have any neighbors yet. Just enjoy the peace and quiet!
All of our HESS teachers are helped to find the right apartment for them to enjoy their living while in China.
In China, you'll never get bored of the scenery. Mountains, high plateaus, and deserts dominate the landscape of Western China, whereas the east is abuzz with modern-day urban jungles.
From the Himalayas bordering India, Nepal, and Bhutan to the numerous rivers to the Gobi Desert that runs west to east along the border with Mongolia, China offers a wide range of adventure opportunities.
In a country as large as China, the weather can vary greatly. In the northeast, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast, there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers, and cool winters. Whatever you're looking for, China can probably accommodate you.
The scale and pace of China's urbanization promises to continue at an unprecedented rate. If current trends hold, China's urban population will expand from 572 million in 2005 to 926 million in 2025 and hit the 1 billion mark by 2030. In 20 years, China's cities will have added 350 million people—more than the entire population of the United States. By 2025, China will have 219 cities with more than 1 million inhabitants—compared with 35 in Europe today—and 24 cities with more than 5 million people. Also, 40 billion square meters of floor space will be built in 5 million buildings. 50,000 of these buildings could be skyscrapers—the equivalent of 10 New York Cities.
All pandas in the world are technically on loan from the Chinese government. Before 1984, the Chinese government gifted panda bears to other countries as a sign of friendship and good will. The act of gifting panda bears as of declaration of friendship came to known as "panda diplomacy." However, after 1984, the Chinese government stopped gifting panda bears and began "loaning" them out on 10-year contracts. The contract stipulated that, in exchange for loaning out panda bears, the receiving country would pay the Chinese government US$1,000,000 a year! Whenever a baby panda is born abroad, it is FedExed back to China to help expand the gene pool.
China is the second-largest or third-largest (depending on who you ask) country in the world by land mass. Geographically, China is so massive that it spans five time zones. However, for the sake of uniformity, there is only one time zone in China. That means that, in some places, the sun can rise as late as 10 o'clock in the morning! There are a total of 657 cities in an area of approximately 3,700,000 square miles. China is also home to 225 national parks, which are referred to as "National-level Scenic and Historic Interest Area," meaning there are plenty of places to stay, and even more places to see!
China has the longest network of high-speed railways in the entire world. The length of all high-speed railway tracks in China is more than in the rest of the world COMBINED. The network also includes the world's longest continuous high-speed rail line, the Beijing-Guangzhou railway. Furthermore, the daily Chinese ridership of the high-speed railway is the largest in the world, with approximately 2.5 million riders every day. When it comes to conventional railways, China's network is so long, it can loop around the world twice!
It's on track to become the largest center of Christianity in the world. Due to the extremely rapid expansion of Christianity in China, there are now an estimated 54 million Christians in the country, comprised of about 40 million Protestants and 14 million Catholics. Meanwhile, Italy has just 60 million people in total, of which 79% are Christian these days, which means Italy has 47.4 million Christians-that's 12% less than China.
The main language, Chinese, has eight different dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. Additionally, the Chinese government recognizes eight official languages that span various regions and provinces of China, which include Mandarin, English, and Cantonese in Hong Kong; Portuguese in Macau; and Mongolian in Mongolia.
China has found many unconventional but important use for various species of birds. For example, some police stations in China's XinJiang province have resorted to using geese instead of dogs as police animals. Geese are considered a better measure of security than alarms and infrared detectors as they are very cautious, territorial, and aggressive animals. Furthermore, the Chinese army is currently training 10,000 pigeons as a part of its reserve army. The purpose of the pigeons would be to act as messengers should Chinese communication networks ever go down.
The Beijing Olympics were more than just a point of pride for China: they were such an important part of the national consciousness that over 4,000 children have been named for the event. Most of the 4,104 people with the name Aoyun (meaning “Olympics”) were born around the year 2000, as Beijing was bidding to host the 2008 Summer Games. The vast majority of people named Aoyun are male. Names related to the Olympics don't just stop with "Olympics." More than 4,000 Chinese nationals share their names with the Beijing Games mascots, the Five Friendlies. Chinese parents have increasingly turned to unique names as a way to express a child's individuality.
China is both large in landmass and diverse in culture, and with those two parameters comes an array of cuisines with which to expand one's palette. There are eight primary cuisine styles in China. Each one reflects the agriculture and diets of various regions within China. There's the flavorful ShanDong cuisine, the light and refreshing styles of GuangDong, the spicy and fragrant foods of SiChuan and HuNan, the ambrosial stews of JiangSu, the varied delicacies of ZheJiang, the finely balanced aquaculture of FuJian, and the slow-cooked tender delicacies of Anhui. The food in China isn't limited to just the aforementioned eight. There are also several regional, cultural, and even city-based food styles!
Ma Yu Ching's Bucket Chicken House in the city of Kaifeng has, allegedly, been operating since the year 1153. The restaurant has survived numerous wars, invasions, dynasty changes, and the test of time. The restaurant’s claim to fame is "bucket chicken"—a variation of roast chicken that's cooked in a bucket. The restaurant is still open today and still serves up its signature chicken, along with various rice and noodle dishes.