The school is located on a busy street just outside the city’s center. There are many restaurants up and down the street including barbeques where you can sit outside and mingle with the locals and friends. There is a food market right around the corner. There are seven classrooms with large whiteboards and air conditioners. Most of the classes have no more than 14 students so the setting is more intimate. Currently the school has an enrollment of 300 students and has the capacity for about 100 more during weekend hours.
With a total population of 7.2 million, Tangshan is a major port city in North East China. It is located as little as 1 hour from Beijing the capital and Tianjin a major port city. The beach resort cities of Qinhuangdao and Baidahe are also located just one to two hours away. This is a classic Chinese city with a vibrant atmosphere, modern downtown area, and numerous regional attractions such as the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Emperors with 15 catacombs. Jingzhong Mountain is a religious mountain well-known for its combination of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian buildings constructed since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Part of the Great Wall was constructed in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in northern Tangshan with several passes submerged under the water of Xifeng Lake. Other sites include Puti, Jinsha, and Yuetuo Islets as well as Lingshan and Jiufeng Mountains. Its proximity to the ocean means seafood is also a very common staple. There are numerous international restaurants including North American, Italian, Korean and Japanese.
Scenic spots and places of interest within the city include South Lake Park where you can paddle boat, golf, eat local cuisines, ride bikes built for up to four or just enjoy walks in the open fields or quiet paths. Feng Huang Park (Phoenix Park) is located in the city’s center, where you can climb steps to the top of a mountain with views of all four poles of the city.
Of course there is always Beijing only two hours away where you can see many landmarks, experience so many traditions and eat many traditional foods from all over China. Although available in Tangshan, Beijing is also a convenient place to shop for foods when you miss a little of that back home western cuisine. Western style nightlife and restaurants are more than plentiful.
Although the physical development of the city is new, traditions run very strong in this city. This is a great place for enthusiasts of Chinese culture to immerse themselves. There are great opportunities for serious study of language, martial arts, and traditional Chinese arts.
Tangshan has a number of resident ex-pats, and there is a Western style night life in the city. There are a number of clubs and bars around town which always make for interesting evenings out mingling with the locals and other ex-patriots. KTV is everywhere and is a very popular activity in the evenings after dinner.
The studio or one bedroom apartments are comfortable for single living and have school provided internet and cable TV with access to western movies and TV shows. They are also equipped with a water dispenser，gas stove, microwave oven, a small baking oven, rice cooker, glasses/cups, refrigerators, pots/ pans, plates, dishes, all the necessary utensils and a washing machine.