The Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in the western city of Xian, the ice sculptures in the frigid northern city of Harbin: These are the tourist destinations most people think of—and hope to visit—when they travel to China. Magnificent as these places are, you’ll find them jam-packed with domestic and foreign tourists. Due to the ease of visiting the famous sights and of finding English-speaking guides, most foreigners don’t stray too far from the beaten path.
With a 16-hour work week…a month-long winter vacation…a huge number of well-paid jobs…and all the Chinese food you can eat…it’s no wonder so many people of all ages and backgrounds are heading to teach English in China. More than 300 million children under 18 begin learning English in classroom settings as early as age three…but it’s not just the young who are learning English. China is a world player and millions of college students and adults enroll in English courses to help them get better jobs.