Name of school: Binxian Aston English School
Location city: Binxian city, Shaanxi Province
Address (English): 2ndFloor 3 Gu Jie, Bin County, Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, China.
Aston has been in Binxian since September 2018. We currently have 3 Chinese teachers and one foreign teacher as well as management staff working here who all love the city and the school. At Binxian Aston we have a team of young, energetic staff and weare looking for motivated, professional and open-minded people who want to make a difference. Binxian Aston also focuses onkeeping their teachers happy and with 3 consecutive days off per week, a great location and a supportive team.
Our school is a completely new school with highly specified decoration and the most modern of facilities and technological teaching equipment. It has a contemporary, innovative and elegant design. You will find bright colours, high ceilings, fully equipped classrooms, a spacious lobby, a library of books,am IPad area and a teacher’s office which is fully equipped with teaching aids, games and toys. Our classrooms are kitted out with interactive whiteboards, multi-media resources and enough space to play all the games you want.
The apartment provided is no more than a 20 minute walk from the school. It has a supermarket and various shops within 5 minutes walk. Good accommodation in Binxian with all modern conveniences and including pleasant 20th floor views of the nearby mountain.
Binxian being a smaller city does not have the traffic chaos and delays of many of the larger cities. The atmosphere around this city is friendly and more relaxed, and the general cost of living is very reasonable. It is famous for the quality of the agricultural goods grown in the region expecially pears, apples, peaches and apricots which is worth noting for those who like their produce as fresh as possible. It’s also close to the airport in Xianyang which makes trips to Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere easy on longer school holidays.
What to do here in Binxian?
Binxian is in the West of Shaanxi province. It is not a big city by Chinese standardsandis a
friendly place with many locals taking an interest in and wanting to befriend any foreigner
residing in thecity. There are plenty of sports amenitieshere with two stadiums and alarge
gymnasium whichonly ever has ahandful of people availing of itsexcellent facilitiesandvery
reasonable daily rates.
Kaiyuan Square. This largesquare is centrally located in Binxian and is centered around a large pagoda. It acts as an evening focal point for crowds of people to gather and dance, sing, play gamesand generally socialize.It’s bordered on one side by a small mountain which can be climbed to give a great view of the whole of the city.This is an interesting square to walk around and explore at any time of the day.
Things to see
Binxian is famous for The Great Buddha Temple, home to a giant statue of Maitreya Buddha which is over 20 meters tall. It’s the biggest Buddha statue inShaanxi and is regarded as the 'First Wonder in Shaanxi Province’.
What is there to eat and drink?
Teachers have a multitude of choices when popping outside for lunch during their break on Saturday and Sunday or for dinner any evening of the week.There is an abundance of Chinese restaurants close to the school, and a good Western style restaurant nearby with pizza, steak, smoothies and all the usual favorites.
Daoxiaomian is a hearty local specialtycomprised of beef, noodles, vegetables and seasonings. There are plenty of vegetarian alternatives. This meal costs 10RMB.The school manager, CC’s,CT’sand any other foreign teachers would all be happy to show you these restaurants when you arrive.There are also several bars and clubs you could visit for nights.
When hailing/flagging a taxi a small red light on top of the taxi or the windscreen means the taxi is available. If there is no red lightvisible then it is already occupied oron a break.The fare between any two locations in Binxian city is a standard 4 RMB. After 21:00 this increases to 5 RMB. It is very reasonably priced way to get around in Binxian.
Where else can I go and see?
Binxian is in the West of Shaanxi province. Xi’an, the primary city in Shaanxi province and the capital of several Dynasties in the past is a major tourist attraction. It is approximately two hours away by bus and is home to a large number of foreign people, many of whom are also working in the education sector for Aston. Buses begin running at 6:40 and continue every 30 minutes throughout the day.