Tianjin is a large port city that is located in north east China. It is bordered by the Bohai Gulf, Hebei Province, and Beijing Municipality. Convenient location and a low cost of living make Tianjin a great base for ESL Teachers.
Beijing is just 117 km away. Day trips are made easy by the fast train that connects the two cities. It takes just 35 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs 54.5 CNY ($8.00).
Tianjin experiences all 4 seasons. The summers are hot and rainy while the winters are cold and extremely dry. The chart below is based on 2016’s averages.*Please note that our weather chart should not be taken too seriously, what you do need to know is Summers are HOT, and in winters there’s snow and you’ll need a thick coat. The wind chill can be cold even for our teachers that hail from the most northern parts of the world.
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Cost of Living
China classifies its cities under a tier system. Each city is evaluated based on population, GDP, political ranking, and several other factors. Tianjin is classified as a Tier 2 (nearly a Tier 1) city. What this means for you is a lower cost of living, but all the perks of living in a modern and developed city.
Take a look at Tianjin’s cost of living compared to the other big cities in China.
*All prices are in the Chinese Yuan, and all figures are from numbeo.com.
For more information on the tier system in China, you can take a look at…
Tianjin is a very easy city to navigate and there are several options you can choose from. The subway is clean, inexpensive, and efficient. You could also take the bus, or take a cab. Cab fares start at just 8 CNY a trip. Many teachers choose to either walk or hop on a bike to get around town. There are several bike-share programs you can join by simply downloading an app.
A dialect called Tianjin Mandarin is the primary language spoken here. The main difference between Tianjin Mandarin and Mandarin in general are the pronunciation of the tones. Don’t worry, if you already speak some Mandarin, or plan on learning some, you will still be understood by other Mandarin speakers.