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The capital city of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Beijing (Peking) is a fast-growing, dynamic metropolis that, while courting foreign businesses and visitors, maintains a firm grip on its rich cultural heritage and a strictly Communist social order. It is a monolithic showcase that can give a distorted view of China to foreign visitors.
A good place to start exploring the city is Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao declared the foundation of the People’s Republic. Today, the Square is more closely identified with the suppression of the student-led pro-democracy protests of 1989. To stand – alongside thousands of visitors – and see the imposing majesty of the Forbidden City to the north and the vast portrait of Chairman MAO on the Tiananmen Gate itself is to appreciate the awesome hold that China’s rulers have always had on the people.
The Xiamen branch is located at the southeast coast of China. Xiamen is a tourist city in Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, Xiamen boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting.
Xiamen mainly consists of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong'an County, which is connected with the mainland by the Gaoji Seawall, Xiamen Bridge. Xiamen has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets inhabiting there.
METEN ENGLISH’s headquarters as well as eight other branches are situated in Shenzhen. Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta.
Come enjoy the coastal view, the theme parks, the city, and especially the people of Shenzhen City. Thanks to its developed economy, it is easy to get to Shenzhen quickly and comfortably by air, train or ship. What's more, Shenzhen is the only city in China that provides these three modes of transportation for simultaneous comings and goings.
Huizhou is located in the southeast of Guangdong Province, the northeast end of Pearl River Delta, to the north of Daya Bay of South China Sea and adjacent to Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Apart from Shenzhen, Huizhou is the second mainland city closest to HongKong. Huizhou is in the Pearl River Delta economic zone.
Historically regarded as "Gateway of Eastern Guangdong" and "Famous Place in Lingnan", Huizhou, a well-noted cultural and historical city in Guangdong, has been the political, economic, cultural and transportation center in Dongjiang River Basin since the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Over 480 famous Chinese historical figures had resided or visited Huizhou in the years staring from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to its modern history. Su Shi, a great litterateur in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), used to live in Huizhou for a total of three years.
The Dongguan branch is situated in the central part of Dongguan located in the mid-south of Guangdong Province about 56 miles away from Shenzhen. Dongguan is 47 miles from Hong Kong and 48 miles from Macau. A number of historical sites are left in the city which has experienced a long and splendid history.
The destinations related to the Opium War tell the early modern history to every visitor. Apart from those, Keyuan Garden and Hermit Villa should not be missed on your trip. They are ideal places for people to relax in the bustling industrial city. While developing the economy, the local government has also paid great attention to the city's tourism industry.
The Zhongshan branch is located in Zhongshan City in Guangdong Province. Zhongshan, originally called Xiangshan in ancient Chinese, was renamed in honor of Sun Yat-sen, who was born in nearby Cuiheng in 1866. Sun Yat-sen is regarded as the father of modern China as he devoted himself to the overthrow of the feudal Qing Dynasty and foundation of a new democratic republic in China.
When visiting Zhongshan City, you are recommended to visit a series of historical attractions relating to Sun Yat-sen. For example, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, the Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Sun Yat-sen Park and even the Sun Wen Xi Road. Currently, Zhognshan is proving to be an attractive city for investors from both home and abroad.
Jiangmen City is located in south-central of Guangdong Province, west of the Pearl River Delta. Adjacent to Zhongshan in the east and Foshan in the north, the city faces southward to the South Sea and neighboring Hong Kong and Macau. Jiangmen is a showcase of the history of early overseas Chinese.
Compared with densely populated and hectic Guangzhou, Jiangmen is surrounded by lush and relatively tranquil countryside, a place of respite. It’s known locally as Wuyi, meaning land of five counties. Many people still ride bicycles, local cuisine has not been eclipsed by fast food.
There are three branches in Foshan both located in the central parts of the Foshan city. Foshan has a long history dating back approximately 5,000 years. Foshan has a very comfortable climate with abundant rainfall; it has been known as a land of fish and rice.
Besides fishing and farming, the local craftsmen were also known for their skills in making ceramics. Thriving handicraft industries, commerce, and the arts made Foshan one of the four most famous towns in the Tang and Song (960-1279) Dynasties. Foshan has a reputation as the home of Chinese ceramic arts, Cantonese operas and martial arts.
Guangzhou being the capital of Guangdong Province is one of China`s main industrial centers, covering an area of 7,434 square kilometers, and with a population of over 6 million.
Guangzhou`s industry covers machinery, shipbuilding, textiles, sugar-refinery, household electrical appliances, computers, petrochemicals, light industrial products for daily use, rubber products and garments. The Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone situated in Huangpu has already taken shape. Guangzhou has advanced agriculture, abounding in rice, sugarcanes, fruits, freshwater fish and oil crops.
Guangzhou has very convenient transportation which includes railways and highways radiating in all directions, and convenient inland-water, coastal and ocean transport. Huangpu is the biggest seaport in the South, ranking fifth in volume of freight handled in China. Its airport stands also in the forefront in passenger transport.
Ningbo is located in the east of Zhejiang, at the mid-point of the Chinese coastline, towards the south of the Yangtze Delta. As one of China's oldest cities, the city has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. It also represents the birthplace of Hemudu Culture, which itself has a history of over 7000 years. These early civilizations lived and thrived in the area, and have contributed greatly to make the city what it is today; an economically-developed, modern city with a profound cultural foundation.
Shaoxing, Lying to the south of the Yangtze Delta and in the north of the centrally located Zhejiang Province, Shaoxing, like a pearl with simple but elegant light, stands in the line between Hangzhou and Ningbo. It is one of the famous historical cities in China. Numerous accomplished scholars or figures were born or lived here such as Yu the Great in the far ancient China and the famous writer Lu Xun in modern times. This city thus boasts the title of 'City of Personages.' It was also the seat of the ancient Yue Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and quite prosperous during that time. Owing to its long history, this old city reveals less vanity and tinsel than some modern metropolis. What's commonly seen and felt here is a kind of leisurely and peaceful ambience. A local highlight is surely the delicacies here.
Wuxi is a city richly endowed by nature. Owing to its pleasantly warm and moist climate, it boasts a reputation of the 'Land of Fish and Rice'. Relying on the near-by Yangtze River and ancient Grand Canal, it had been a port city with the busiest rice and cloth market in China before 19th century. In modern times, with its rapidly developing industry, Wuxi became one of China's top 50 cities with broad strength and is thus called the 'Little Shanghai' for its prosperous economy.
We have 5 branches in operation in Suzhou. Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north.
Since 42% of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the 'Oriental Venice'. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Together with its mild climate making it a popular destination all year round, fertile landscapes and an abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called 'Paradise on Earth'.
Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China, located in the north-central portion of the province. It is bounded on the west by the Jiuling Mountains and on the east by Poyang Lake. Because of its central location relative to the Yangtze and Pearl River Delta regions, it is a major railroad hub in Southern China. As the Bayi Riot 1927 was distinctively recognized by the ruling Communist Party as "firing the first gunshot against the evil Republic of China", the current communist regime has therefore named the city since 1949 "the City of Heroes", "the place where the People's Liberation Army was born", and the most widely known "place where the military banner of the People's Liberation Army was first raised".
Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province. The recorded history of the area can be traced back 3,000 years. Tomb relics from the primitive periods witnessing the earliest human activities have been discovered in this region. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. - 476 B.C.), the area developed into an important town within the State of Chu, (one of the seven warring states that existed before China's unification by Emperor Qin). After Emperor Qin (the first feudal emperor in China's history) unified the country, the town was set up as a county and later became the capital city of a state in the early Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220). The tomb excavation site of Mawangdui found in the eastern suburb of the city is a family graveyard from that period. The most fantastic historical relic should be the well-preserved mummified remains of a Western Han Dynasty woman excavated from the tombs.
We have nine branches in operation in Chongqing. Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and other tourist attractions.
The city is the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, which explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges. Other attractions include the Dazu Rock Carvings - valuable works of art carved during the Ninth Century, Gold Buddhist Mountain- a rich repository of diverse animals and plants, and Fishing Town- one of three ancient battlefields in China.
Ancient Ci Qi Kou village lures tourists to linger in its streets to buy handicraft souvenirs. There are also the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, Three Gorges Museum, People's Assembly Hall and Wulong Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes.
We have nine branches in operation in Chengdu. Chengdu is the capital of the "Heavenly State" (Tian Fu Zhi Guo) with the habitat of giant pandas and the city of cotton-rose hibiscus.
In addition to its profound historical and cultural background featuring historic places of interest such as the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu , Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Monastery natural beauty abounds in surrounding areas such as in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and Huang Long Valley (Yellow Dragon Valley) .
The natural habitat of giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center , supports the world's only giant panda breeding and research base. Sampling the famous Sichuan cuisine is a must on a trip to Chengdu.
Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, is situated on Jianghan Plain, a river-crossed fertile land created by the Hanjiang River joining the Yangtze River. This is a routine port for a Yangtze River cruise. Divided by the Yangtze, the city is known as the 'Three Towns of Wuhan' with Hankou and Hanyang on the west bank, and Wuchang on the east.
It has been generating interest recently as a major recipient of much of China’s stimulus package and also as an increasingly attractive recipient of foreign investment looking to sell further onto the domestic market. It is the seventh largest city in the country and is strategically placed as a logistics center in central China. Its position on the Yangtze River, with capabilities of handling 40 million tons of cargo annually also makes it attractive as it’s possible to manufacture here and ship downriver to primary markets such as Shanghai.
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means "Southern Capital" and was widely romanized as Nankin and Nanking until the Pinyin language reform, after which Nanjing was gradually adopted as the standard spelling of the city's name in most languages that use the Roman alphabet.
Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nanjing has long been a national centre of education, research, transport networks and tourism. The city was host the Summer Youth Olympics in 2014.
Xian, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang’an in ancient times, Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the southern part of the Guanzhong Plain, With the Qinling Mountains to the south and the Weihe River to the north; it is in a favorable geographical location surrounded by water and hills. It has a semi-moist monsoon climate and there is a clear distinction between the four seasons. Except the colder winter, any season is relatively suitable for traveling.
Hefei is the capital city of Anhui Province. Lying between the Yangtze River and Huaihe River. Covering an area of 7,266 square kilometers (about 2,805 square miles), it is the key tourist city of the whole province and the best place to know about the brilliant Anhui culture.
It is a beautiful city with good surroundings - the Huaihe River flows to its north, to its south is Yangtze River, and to its south- east lies the Chaohu Lake with its expansive blue waters. It exemplifies the good climate to be found in the area having a mild climate with clearly defined seasons and moderate rainfall. The average annual temperature is 15.7C (60.26F). As is known, every city in China has a city tree and a city flower and, in the case of this city, the Yulan tree is its city tree and the sweet-scented osmanthus, pomegranate flower is its city flower.
Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China, is the capital as well as political, economic and cultural center of Liaoning Province. It is also an important industrial base and a famous historical city. Giving birth to the ancient Qing Dynasty, it has one of the country's two best preserved imperial palace complexes. The city is located in the central part of Liaoning Province. Shenyang has a monsoon-influenced continental climate with large seasonal variation. Its climate is dry most of the year. Temperatures vary as much as 10 degrees Celsius from daytime to evening, and in winter they can drop below 0 degrees Celsius, so the smart traveler will plan to dress in layers.
Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar, India and beyond. Today it is the provincial political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China.
The city center is an attraction with its two squares (Jinma Biji Square, Dongfeng Square) and five intersecting roads (Dongfeng Road, Jinbi Road, Zhengyi Road, Renmin Road and Qingnian Road). Of these, Jinma Biji Square (also known as Jinbi Square) has the most eye-catching.
Quanzhou, also called Licheng and Citong Cheng in Pinyin, is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China. It is an important seaport located in southeast Fujian Province and is the economic and political center of the province. To its east is Taiwan separated from Quanzhou by the East Sea, making the city the famous mother town of Chinese compatriots in Taiwan and overseas. The climate is warm and humid, comfortable for year-round travel, making it a popular tourist destination.
Due to its special location, Quanzhou has been China's marine door to exotic cultures since ancient times. During the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, Quanzhou port became one of the largest world ports. As the starting point of the Sea Silk Road , it accepted diverse religions including Christianity, Islam and Manichaeism.
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Charles Arthur Stott
In November, 2014, I left my home in Australia to come to Meten in Dongguan, and it has been one of the best experiences in my life. I immediately felt at home and was warmly welcomed by the other staff. In Australia, I worked as a high school teacher, but I really enjoyed teaching a wider age range of students. Additionally, I liked the opportunity to use my skills in various ways to reinforce Meten’s philosophy – learning is for using. I enjoy cooking, playing the guitar and piano, singing, dancing and acting, and have been able to incorporate all these things into classes and activities.
As an active language learner myself (I speak French, Italian, Japanese, as well as several other languages), I am aware of the pitfalls in language learning, and can share my own experiences with students to help them on their English language journey. I am proud to be a teacher at Meten, and am always looking for new ways to enhance the experience of my students.
Jesse Collin Radefeld
My name is Jesse and I have been with Meten in Dongguan for about nine months. I have dreamed of coming to China for a long time and I consider myself very lucky to have found Meten. Meten gave me, along with around 19 other new recruits, two weeks of training in Suzhou. The training was very informative while still being fun and interesting and I was surrounded by likeminded individuals. Honestly, it felt like a college dorm experience all over again for two weeks. And I mean that in the absolute best possible way.
When training ended, I headed to my home center in Dongguan and got down to business. I was immediately made to feel like part of the family and I’m surprised to say that after nine months of hard work, I still feel that way. The office atmosphere is very friendly and the kindness and generosity of my colleagues never ceases to amaze me. More importantly, everyone is supportive and willing to help if you run into any trouble or just need some advice. And the students are wonderful. Whether I’m hosting a late-night debate class at our local bar or teaching tongue twisters to preteens, I always feel that what I am doing is important and rewarding.
Hello everyone! My name is Meghan and I came from Canada to China in September 2015 to work for METEN English. Since then I've experienced a great teaching environment with my fellow FT's, LT's and also teaching many wonderful students. Teaching has provided me with great opportunity in both personal and professional growth! I am happy to be a teacher here at METEN.
Hi, I’m Lalin and I’m a computer specialist from England. I am thoroughly enjoying myself at Meten and I do believe moving to China and teaching here is the best decision I have ever made.
Since the moment I arrived, everyone has been very friendly and supportive which made the transition from England to China very easy for me.
I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and the staff and students have been able to expand my horizons with new experiences.
So come and have an adventure you will not forget for the rest of your life!
My name is Sophie. I am the newest addition to the teaching team and hope to add a female perspective and influence to our wonderful centres in Nanhai.
I would describe myself as creative, confident, and witty, with a passion to learn about different world culture.
I enjoy anything creative, from music, to photography, to fashion - I am a fashion marketing honors graduate myself!
My time at Meten has been a life changing experience I will never forget, and enjoy nothing more than spending my working days teaching English - it has simply been a pleasure and I look forward to continuing your learning journey with you every step of the way!
The SAFEA-METEN Joint TEFL Program is organized by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and held in the state of the art facility centers in Meten English. The certificate is authorized by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), and is officially recognized throughout China. This program is intensive and complies with International TEFL Training standards. Other than teaching prospective students on how to teach English as a Foreign Language, the program also touches on understanding the Chinese education system, the Chinese culture and the Chinese people on a whole. Upon completion of this course, the SAFEA-METEN Joint TEFL Certificate will be awarded. The official document from SAFEA can be found here.