Name of School: Lu’an Aston English School
Location city: Liuan City, Anhui Province
Address: Xinhua book store, Jiefang Road, Jinan District, Liuan City, Anhui Province, China
Liu’an Aston English school is a modest building home to some of the most friendly people you'll ever meet. With a small handful of foreign teachers it's easy to get to know everybody and all the staff here will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help you with any chores around the city. The members here are hospitable, as well as local residents.
With over 16 classrooms,our school has a modern and elegant design, innovative and tech forward. It has a wonderful working environment. You will find bright colors, high ceilings, fully equipped classrooms, and a spacious lobby, a library of books, an IPad area and a teacher’s office which is fully equipped with teaching aids, games and toys. Every classroom is also kitted out with Interactive Whiteboards, multi-media resources and enough space to play all the games you want.
Here are some pictures from our recent activities and events.
What to do here?
The school is located in the Middle of Lu’an. Traditionally the middle of Lu’an has been where much more of the businesses, restaurants, supermarkets, fast- food stores etc. have been located while the south of Lu’an is where the best residential areas are.
Jiuduntang Park (九墩塘公园）. This park is named after the man-made lake at its center. Picturesque views, walking paths and a large, metallic, tent-like structure make this a wonderful place to amble around on a day off.
Moon island: 2.4km from aston school，there is a university on the island and some restaurants 、coffee shops around the school. People also like to run around the island. We have boat competition on dragon boat festival here.
Around Lu’an there are some mountains and natural parks, temples, climbing mountains/riding horses/boating etc.
Teachers have a multitude of choices when popping outside for lunch during the one hour twenty-minute lunch break on a Saturday, or Sunday.
Although there are too many Chinese restaurants to mention, I would just like to just show you some pictures of a couple of the places near the school. The school manager, CCs, CTs would all be happy to show you them when you arrive. There are also several bars and clubs you could visit for great nights out as well our favorite...KTV!
Lu’an local food
Some traditional restaurants and barbecue are very popular here
If the taxis are available there will be a small red light with Chinese lettering that means the taxi is available. If there is no red light visible, then it is occupied or on break. The colorful taxis start off at 6RMB. The later in the evening it gets the higher the taxi fee will become. Always make sure the taxi driver puts the red sign down and the taxis computer will begin to calculate distance and cost.
The public bus system is a good method of travelling in and around Lu’an as cheaply as possible. Payment is usually either RMB1 or Rmb2. You can put the money in a little metal box next to the driver when you get on the bus, otherwise there will be someone on the bus that will come to you to collect payment and give you a ticket when you tell them your destination. Drivers and ticket sellers usually don't speak English, so make sure you know when to get off the bus before you get on it. Buses are often crowded, pushing and shoving is to be expected. Passengers enter at the front of the bus, exit at the back. Remember to keep your valuables safe. Google Maps and its Chinese counterpart, Baidu Maps, now give directions from place to place using the bus system.
Where else can I go and see??
We now have a high speed train and below are information on how to get to various places from our location:
We have 6 schools in Jinan and therefore a large foreign and Aston community, whom you can go out and socialize with, travel with and explore China with. Jinan is on 17 minutes away by train.
Qingdao is in the same province as our school. It is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. You can also find great German beer here.
Beijing is based in the north of China and is the capital of the country. Beijing is considered a must see when living in China and being in Zouping gives you the freedom of seeing this famous capital with ease whilst being able to go to a more relaxed (and much cheaper) atmosphere in Zouping when you are done.