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Teaching English Abroad in Wuhan, China

What You Should Know About Teaching English Abroad in Wuhan, China

Listed as one of China’s Historic Cities, Wuhan is well-known for its beautiful nature and historical relics that date back 3,500 years or so. It’s also China’s 10th largest city, yet the price is quite affordable. Thus, many foreigners are considering Wuhan their destination to live and teach English abroad.

Here’s everything you should know about teaching English abroad in Wuhan, China:

Wuhan Facts

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and the biggest city in central China, located right along the Yangtze River. Its population is around 10+ million, comprised of various ethnic groups, with the Han Chinese being the majority. The city is divided into three parts by the Yangtze and Han Rivers: Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang district. The weather in Wuhan is subtropical and humid, with four distinct seasons. The summer is hot, the winter is cold, while June through August is the monsoon season with lots of rain. The best time to visit Wuhan is from March to June, and September to November.

Wuhan parrot shoal Yangtze river bridge in nightfall, China

Some more fun facts about Wuhan, China:
Some popular attractions in Wuhan include Yellow Crane Tower, the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, East Lake, Moshui Lake, Lotus Lake, Heptachord Terrace, and National Stone Museum.
Wuhan’s local opera – Han opera – is China’s oldest and most popular operas.
East Lake is the largest lake within a city in China (33-kilometer square).

What It’s Like Living and Teaching ESL in Wuhan, China

Wuchang District is filled with universities and research centers as well as other educational institutes. Meanwhile, Hankou is the financial and business district, and Hanyang is the industrial center. Overall, the people in Wuhan are very friendly. It’s got everything you might need, while the cost of living is lower than other major cities in China such as Beijing and Shanghai. On average, you can live on $1,000 or less per month in Wuhan. Here are some average numbers for basic expenses in Wuhan, China:
Rent for a one-bedroom studio in central location: ~ $300 to $500/month
Dinner outside in a local restaurant: ~$3/person
Coffee: ~ $0.7
Utilities (gas, water, electricity, heating): ~ $30/month
Internet: ~ $14/month
A beer: ~ $1 to $3
Overall, the advantages of living in Wuhan is its affordable cost of living, safety, ease of doing business, high quality of education, and how open the city and the people here are. The disadvantages, on the other hand, maybe that there’s not much to do compared to the gigantic metropolitan cities, it’s humid and fewer expats live and work here. Expect a large range of salary when it comes to teaching ESL in Wuhan, China. It could be from $800 to $2,000 a month for a relatively inexperienced English teacher during his or her first year in Wuhan. Yet, most contracts should cover your flight and accommodation, so that’s a good deal! Because of its surprisingly low cost of living, most English teachers live quite comfortably on this salary range and even can save some. Learn more about ESL teaching job salary, benefits and the cost of living in China here!

ESL Teaching Job Opportunities in Wuhan

You can find a list of ESL teaching jobs in Wuhan, China here or join our Teach English Abroad Facebook group to see daily job postings and connect with fellow ESL teachers in Wuhan. If it’s all too confusing and overwhelming, fill out this application form for Teaching Abroad Positions and we’ll help you find the most suitable English teaching job opportunity in Wuhan or other popular cities in China such as Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai.