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1. Posted by Gavsta (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone can give me an idea of how expensive it would be to live in China (just outside Hong Kong to be exact).

I'll have a job when i get there paying from lowest £500 to £950. Accomodation is included so i would really only be paying for food and travel.

Any help much apreciated.

2. Posted by (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Gustav,
Im an American who just got a job in Guangzhou, just outside of Hong Kong, teaching English and it seems like we have a pretty similar deal. Now I only arrived about 6 months ago but I can give you a few details about the experience. When I first arrived I had no real idea of what to expect. Basically you get an apartment and people to show you around until you get the hang of things like the bus and subway schedule. The pay is enough to eat at a restaurant every night if you want. You only spend about 2000- 4000 Chinese Yuan a month on all of your expenses, but if you cook you would only be spending less than 2000 Yuan (roughly). The language barrier is the only real obstacle here. I suggest getting a language tutor right away and invest in some 'Learning Chinese' books, they help for times when you are dancing around like a chicken trying to order the chicken on a menu in a restaurant. Now Guangzhou is mainland China so the prices are pretty cheap, like US$1 for a plate of noodles and US$20 for a pair of Air Force One's, but you will find yourself bargaining for many things like beer in the bars. Dont be surprised if they try to take you for a sucker because you are foreign. It helps to just start walking away and they will usually give you a better price or the option to bargain. Bus and metro is cheaper than a taxi, but the taxis arent very expensive to begin with either.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else. Good luck.:)

3. Posted by Gavsta (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Ben, thanks for the info.

Ah barterings all part of the fun ;) I was just a bit worried about cost because of it being so near Hong Kong.

What school or university are you teaching at? How do you find teaching there do you get much support from the Chinese teaching staff?


4. Posted by (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Gav,
No problem. If you need any more help about getting around or have questions just send me a personal message and I will help you the best I can.
Good Luck!