I'm considering teaching ESL in China for a year. I realized that I was resentful of someone I recently parted with partly because part of what I liked about him was that he plans to move to Asia, and I've always wanted to go there.
He was focusing on South Korea because people act like you can get rich there, but I already know a guy who did it and the money is exaggerated and depends on your lifestyle obviously.
I would prefer China vastly over Korea anyway. There are ample opportunities there and it's a place I would legitimately want to live temporarily. Also the food is cheap and there isn't the world's most insane living dictator just a few blocks north.
I absolutely do not want to live in Beijing it is utterly out of the question. A hard no. Shanghai would be better but I prefer a place like Chengdu or Guilin.
I want the history and natural beauty of China, not some gross polluted monster city.
Does any one here have experience teaching ESL in any part of China? Has anyone spent time in Chengdu - a place known for its endangered pandas and tea houses - or Guilin - preferred by nature lovers, yet not completely rural.
Or alternatively does anyone suggest a particular city in China that would fit my interests in culture, the environment and a slower paced life, where I could still reasonably find a job?