Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of the Gansu Province situated in the Northwest of the People’s Republic of China.
Lanzhou is located on the banks of the legendary yellow river and is the economic and cultural hub of the Gansu Province. It has a population of about 3,7 million people and is a fast growing and developing city with a great balance between modern China and cultural history. Lanzhou Aston was opened in 2006 and currently has about 220 students. Our students range from the ages of 4-16 years old.
Some formal details:
1.Name: Lanzhou Aston English School
2.Location: Downtown Lanzhou City, Gansu Province
3.Opened in 2006 our student numbers are constantly growing. Our school is modern with a real family feel. All our classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards and the most up to date modern teaching resources. Our students range from 4-16 years old giving teachers the chance to teach a variety of age groups and develop all round teaching skills. Our school conducts weekly meetings and workshops to constantly assist our teachers and with a capable regional team our teachers have constant support, whether it is with teaching classes or settling into life in China. Our school has two foreign teachers and 8 Chinese staff members who are all friendly, welcoming and extremely helpful.
All our teachers are benefit from having their own apartment. Our apartments are clean, modern and fitted with all essential amenities and of course Wi-Fi and a western toilet. All our apartments are about a 10-minute walk from the school. Getting to public transport from your apartment will take less than 10 minutes and it is only about a 15 minute walk to the local supermarket where you will find everything you need and some international products too!
Why you will love Lanzhou:
Situated on the banks of the yellow river and surrounded by mountains the city is extremely beautiful. The city offers the perfect mix of modern china blended with cultural history. The city is also fairly westernized with lots of foreign and international chains and brands scattered throughout the city. The local food is simply delicious especially the famous beef noodles. Many tastes of home are also easily found with a large amount of international and foreign restaurants. The city also has a large expat community giving teachers the opportunity to meet people and friends from all over the world.
Things to do:
There are lots of different attractions and things to do in the city. Gansu Museum, Waterwheel Garden, The Yellow River, Zhongshan Bridge, Tulu Valley, Bingling Temple, Maijishan, Five Springs Park, Xinglong Mountain and the White Pagoda Park, just to name a few. All are near the city and a short bus ride away. The city also has an amazing nightlife with lots of different clubs, bars and restaurants. Some of these bars and restaurants are on the yellow river. The city’s foreign community readily visits these places and they are great for meeting fellow foreigners and locals too! The city also has various night food markets that add to the amazing and bubbly atmosphere of the city. The city also has many gyms and sport centers.
Lanzhou’s location and the fact that our teachers benefit from having 3 consecutive days off means that on days off teachers can travel to nearby cities such as Xian and Xining. Xian is three hours away by speed train and Xining the capital city of the Qinghai province is one hour by train. Other major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are also a short flight away.
Getting around the city is easy and cheap. Taxi’s are everywhere and will take you anywhere. Taxi’s start at 8RMB and the costs vary depending on the distance of your destination. The city also has an amazing bus service. Bus’s run along pre-determined routes and cost only 2RMB. If you want to get around more actively the city has hundreds of public bicycles. Depending on which bike you choose costs are generally 2RMB for every 30 minutes. The city is also being fitted with a subway. Once completed getting around the city will be even easier. The city also has two main train stations. From these stations you can access both regular and high-speed trains. Catching a train to Xining costs only 58RMB while a train to Xian costs about 180RMB. The city has an International airport, which is about a 30-minute bus ride from the city center. This means catching a flight to a destination of your choice is easy and convenient.
“ Situated south of the Hexi corridor, the route linking Chang'an (modern day Xi’an) with the far northwestern regions of China, Lanzhou has much to offer in terms of culture, experience and food. Indeed, the people here are some of the kindest and most honest you will come across in the middle kingdom. Come see for yourself! Lanzhou Aston is a fairly compact and small school, so the workload is not too demanding, with plenty of rest days. The Chinese teachers and management are very welcoming and friendly and I personally settled in very quickly. The classes, being on the smaller scale, means I could build a great rapport with my students and have a lot of fun in the process!”
Ben Howard UK