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!

China

 Culture

3Chinese 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!

 Food

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.

 Transportation

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

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, convenience 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.

 Geography

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.

 Weather

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.

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Culture

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!

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Food

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.

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Transportation

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.

Transportation
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Housing

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, convenience 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.

Housing
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Geography

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.

Geography
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Weather

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.

Weather
Tianjin AreaQibao AreaWuxi Area

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Qibao Area

Seven Treasure Gem near Shanghai

Qibao is a weekend destination for the city dwellers of Shanghai, conveniently located on Metro Line 9 and just a few kilometers outside of the city center. People come here from around the city to visit the infamous Qibao Temple and explore the sights and smells of the Qibao Old Street.

Tianjin Area

Historic gateway to China near Beijing

Tianjin has the fourth largest urban population in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Our HESS International Tianjin Kindergarten is located in Wuquing District. Wuquing district is home to two major Italian-themed shopping malls, Florentia Village and, the newly opened, Vento. You can also visit the Yellow Cliff Great Wall (The Great Wall of China) in Ji County, also known as the "Tianjin Wall", as well as numerous other sites around the greater Tianjin-Beijing area.

Wuxi Area

The Pearl of Taihu Lake

Wuxi is a vibrant and bustling city not far from Shanghai or Nanjing that has a lot of amenities and experiences to offer. The city of Wuxi has grown quickly and it has become one of the top ten tourist destinations in China. This ancient port city, also known as “Little Shanghai,” is rich with history, beautiful natural landscapes, and many points of cultural interest.

Seven Treasure Gem near Shanghai

Qibao is a weekend destination for the city dwellers of Shanghai, conveniently located on Metro Line 9 and just a few kilometers outside of the city center. People come here from around the city to visit the infamous Qibao Temple and explore the sights and smells of the Qibao Old Street.

Historic gateway to China near Beijing

Tianjin has the fourth largest urban population in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Our HESS International Tianjin Kindergarten is located in Wuquing District. Wuquing district is home to two major Italian-themed shopping malls, Florentia Village and, the newly opened, Vento. You can also visit the Yellow Cliff Great Wall (The Great Wall of China) in Ji County, also known as the “Tianjin Wall”, as well as numerous other sites around the greater Tianjin-Beijing area.

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Wuxi is a vibrant and bustling city not far from Shanghai or Nanjing that has a lot of amenities and experiences to offer. The city of Wuxi has grown quickly and it has become one of the top ten tourist destinations in China. This ancient port city, also known as “Little Shanghai,” is rich with history, beautiful natural landscapes, and many points of cultural interest.

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