Donggying Aston was established in 2006 and has since grown to become one of the most popular English language schools in the city. We currently have 10 staff working at the school, all of whom are both professional and extremely friendly. Our school is modern and the classrooms are kitted out with interactive whiteboards and plenty of teaching aids for our teachers to use. The students are eager to learn and an absolute pleasure to teach.
The foreign teachers' apartment 10 minutes’ walk from the school, no there is practically no commuting. There is large supermarket and many great restaurants conveniently located nearby. Schools, residential areas, parks and gyms can all be found just a short walk away from your doorstep. The apartment is spacious, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a large living room and a clean bathroom. As well as every room being furnished, there is also a TV, air conditioner, refrigerator and washing machine; basically everything you need.
Surprisingly, Dongying is one of China's richest cities with a per capita GDP 50 percent higher than Beijing's. The discovery of oil in the early 1970s promoted the development of Dongying. This discovery makes it a fascinating place to live with a very distinct mix of the modern and traditional. Compared with the larger cities, Dongying definitely has a more relaxed atmosphere and an overall slower pace of life. The locals are extremely friendly, so don’t be surprised if random strangers want to speak and take pictures with you.
Things to do
Dongying has plenty of amenities to offer, both Chinese and western. There is a plethora of restaurants with some amazing food, as well as swimming pools, cinemas, sports facilities and gyms. In addition, there are plenty of outdoor parks and squares where locals congregate during the summer to play cards, dance and just hang out.
Dongying has a wide variety of food which is available at very reasonable prices. At night, you can find plenty of outdoor BBQ restaurants where you can enjoy some excellent food and have a cold beer. There is also a range of foreign food options available including pizza restaurants, fast-food restaurants, Italian, Japanese and Korean restaurants.
Large events are held in Dongying almost monthly. From traditional festivals, the Dongying marathon, concerts etc. Dongying zoo is also worth a visit.
The climate in Dongying is very pleasant. Summers are hot while winters is cold, though neither are too extreme. Spring and fall are relatively short, but are probably the nicest times of the year in terms of weather.
Dongying is located in the northern part of Shandong province, about 30 minutes from the coast. It has links to other parts of China. As an example, Dongying is a three-hour drive away from the beautiful city of Qingdao, the birthplace of beer and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. To the east, coastal cities such of Yantai and Weihai can be reached in just a few hours by bus or train.
Although Dongying is connected to other parts of China by rail, it is usually more convenient to travel by bus. The provincial capital of Jinan, and the metropolis of Qingdao are each about 3.5 hours away by bus. There are also several direct buses to Beijing and Tianjin daily.