Location: Aston English, 33, Nanhuan Rd. Dali, Weinan, Shaanxi, China.
Dali Aston English School, we are a thriving school in the heart of the city. The school opened here in 2015 and has flourished over the last few year, we now have over 400 students.
Our school is incredibly modern and decked out with some of the latest facilities. It is bright, colorful, positive and welcoming and you will right at home! The teacher’s office is a relaxed space where teachers can plan their lessons together, prepare materials and relax between classes. Our school and classrooms are colorful, spacious and area all equipped with Interactive White Boards which lend to cutting edge teaching and learning experiences. They are full of stickers which add an inviting, personal touch!
The reception area where all the important business goes down!
The teacher’s office is a relaxed space where teachers can plan their lessons together，prepare materials and relax between classes.
Our school and classrooms are colorful, spacious and are all equipped with Interactive White Boards which lend to cutting edge teaching and learning experiences. They are full of stickers which add an inviting, personal touch!
Our school runs lots of activities throughout the year. These include activates for festivals such as a Hallowe’en concert and special Christmas gift giving. We also have special activity classes where the students are exposed to new language through a craft, learning a new song or even a dance! Our kids love these hands-on, interactive classes and it’s a lot of fun for the teachers too!
As part of your contract entitlements you will have a shared apartment in Dali. Your apartment is about a 10 minute walk from the school and very centrally located, very near to the main square of the city. The apartment is open plan, has 2 bedrooms, big double beds and lots of storage space. The apartment is very bright and spacious and has been fitted with all the appliances you would need; a Wi-Fi router, a big double bed, air conditioning, microwave, TV, washing machine, water dispenser, fridge, and… OF COURSE… a western toilet!
What is there to do in Dali?
Dali is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Weihan. It is located in the east-central area of Shaanxi Province. Dali is a smaller Chinese city, with a population of about 800,000. You will get a wonderfully authentic Chinese experience while you’re here. It’s a great place to learn Chinese and learn about local Shaanxi and wider Chinese culture. The school and your apartment are in the heart of the town and most things that you need are just a short walk away.
The cost of living in Dali is really cheap so if saving up or paying bills back home are on your mind then don’t worry. Daily expenses are very cheap to buy and recreational activities won’t cost you much either! Plus, there is plenty to see around the region and with the combination of cheap public transport and 3 days off per week; you have plenty to keep yourself busy!
There are a few things to see in and around the city. In the downtown area you can find the Dali Bell Tower modeled after the Xi’an design and a pagoda modeled after the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. They are located about 3km and 500m from your apartment respectively and can be reached on the 104 bus line.
There is a beautiful lake called Tongzhou (TongZhouHu同州湖) that is not far from the city centre. It is reachable from your apartment by taking bus line 106.
Dali also has one of the world’s first granaries. It is called Fengtu Yicang (丰义仓) and can be reached by taking public bus line 101.
Daliis full of Chinese eateries and there are plenty of delicious restaurants around where your apartment and the schools are located. The whole team will be happy to take you to some of their favorite restaurants nearby! As general rule, if the place is busy, then the food is good. If it’s empty, maybe it’s empty for a reason. Some great things to look out for are; beef soup (niu rou tang (牛肉汤), dumplings (jiao zi饺子), hotpot (huo guo火锅), barbeque (shaokao烧烤) and seafood (haixian海鲜)! Dali and Shaanxi are famous their noodles, especially spicy beef noodles (辣肉面), Chinese hamburgers (roujiamo肉夹馍), pork joints and red dates. You will also find multiple street vendors and food stalls all over the city from whom you can explore your taste buds! There is an excellent restaurant with plenty of affordable and delicious dishes called Lanzhou Niu Rou La Mian (兰州牛肉拉面) . It is very close, a 4 minute walk from your apartment complex.