Taiyuan is the capital city of the Shanxi Province in the People’s Republic of China. It is also the largest and most developed.Taiyuan is one of the main manufacturing bases of China and it has a long history as one the provisional capitals of many dynasties in China, hence it’s nickname “dragon city”. It has a population of about 4.2 million people and is a fast growing and developed city with a great balance between modern China and cultural history. Taiyuan Aston was opened in 2005 and currently has about 320 students. Our students range from the ages of 4-16 years old.
Some formal details:
1. Name: Taiyuan Aston English School
2. Location: South District, Taiyuan City Shanxi Province
3. Opened in 2005 our student numbers are constantly growing. Our school is extremely modern and professional. 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 be with teaching classes or settling into life in China. Our school has two foreign teachers and eleven Chinese staff members who are all friendly, welcoming and extremely helpful.
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 2 minutes and it is only about a 5 minute walk to the local supermarket where you will find everything you need and some international products too!
The city is very developed and offers a great mix between modern China and traditional Chinese culture. 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 and cheap. 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.
With it’s rich cultural history there are many attractions and things to see. Chongshan Monastery, Twin Pagoda Temple, Jinci Temple, Tayuan Temple, Mount Wutai just to name a few. All are near the city and a short bus ride away. The city also has several museums and public parks. Taiyuan has an amazing nightlife with lots of different clubs, bars and restaurants 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 markets and a famous food street. The cultural history and modern combination gives the city a friendly and warm atmosphere. The city also has many gyms and sport centers.
The city’s location coupled with the amount of days off mean that our teachers are able to visit different cities during their spare time. Being is just 2 and half hours away by speed train. Unlike most cities in China the airport in Taiyuan is close to the city center meaning that flights to other major cities such as Xian and Shanghai are easily accessible and affordable.
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 also has two main train stations. From these stations you can access both regular and high-speed trains. With Beijing only a few hours away and other major cities in reach at an affordable price, travelling by train is the way to go. The city has an International airport, which is about a 30-minute bus ride from the city center meaning that catching a flight to a destination of your choice is easy and convenient.
"My experience at Taiyuan Aston English was one of the best in China. The teachers were friendly, helpful, and experienced. The kids were a delight to teach; however many there were. There are some challenges posed, but once completed have an equivalent reward. The city is a place where people and culture inter-connect"
Gary Smit (South Africa)