Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province (which borders Shanghai) and is infamously known as being “Heaven on Earth”. The scenery in Hangzhou is simply breathtaking which makes it a dream place to teach English. The 9 million people already living in Hangzhou must consider themselves pretty darn lucky to be living in Heaven! Here are a few heavenly places to check out:
This famous lake is probably your first stop as a tourist in Hangzhou. Its beauty is said to have inspired many famous Chinese poets and artists. Just be sure to visit during the week and not during a holiday, as West Lake is not quite as beautiful with millions of people crowding around you.
Xixi National Wetland Park
One reason to visit this park is because it is the only wetland park in all of China. The wetlands are situated right next to West Lake but it’s a great deal larger. The best way to see everything the wetland has to offer is to take a tour by boat.
Whether or not you’re a Buddhist, you’ll want to check out Lingyin Temple as it’s one of the 10 most famous temples in China. Why is it so famous? It’s super old (dates back to around 300 A.D.) and it’s huge. It also contains some important Buddhist literature.
Thousand Island Lake
This may be a man-made lake, but it has crystal clear water that is rare to find anywhere in China. It also has over a thousand small islands and the water is deep enough to go scuba diving so that you can get a look at two ancient underwater cities that are now completely submerged. The forested area surrounding the lake is home to a great variety of plants and animals making it the perfect weekend escape into nature.
One of the best reasons to teach English in China is because you can work anywhere in the country! Besides Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Shenzhen, Top Notch ESL has positions available all around China including Hangzhou.