What is life like in Changsha China
Are you thinking of taking a job teaching English in Changsha? Well you have come to the right place. My name is Jay, and I have lived in China for four years, in Shenzhen. I have recently taken a trip to Changsha, the capital city in Hunan Province of China Although this was my first trip, and I only got to stay 4 days in Changsha, I learned a lot about this city because one of my best friends gave me an amazing tour. Here’s what I learned about Changsha.
Cost of living in Changsha is much lower than the four Mega Tier one cities in China, but still a very urban city.
Although Changsha is not one of the 4 mega tier 1 cites in China, it is still a Tier 1 City, and one of the 20 top economically ranked cities in China. With a population just over 7 million people, Changsha offers a great balance between urban districts and nature. With Xiang River flowing between the city, there are many places can go along the riverside, as well as the mountains for hiking. Want to see the sights? Check out Wuyi Square where there are many shopping centers, bars, night clubs, cinemas, arcades, and much much more! You can enjoy everything a mega city has to offer, but at much lower prices.
How much does apartment cost to rent in Changsha?
If you want to rent a single room apartment, expect to pay around 2,000 RMB per month. Prices can vary a bit higher or lower depending on how close you are to the city center. Looking to have a roommate? A two bedroom or three bedroom apartment will run between 2,800 to 3,500 RMB per month.
What is the public transportation system like in Changsha?
Currently, there are 3 metro lines operating in Changsha with another 3 lines under construction. Take either line 2 or line 4 to get to Changsha South Railway Station if you need to take the Maglev to the Changsha Huanghua International Airport, or if you needed to take the 3 hour high speed train ride to Shenzhen. Because Changsha is located in South Central part of China, you can get to most destinations in China within 3 hours either by train/airplane.
How is the food in Changsha?
The food here mainly consist of Hunan Cuisine, which consist of many hot and spicy dishes. If you love seafood, you will love Changsha. Hunan people really know how to cook fish, shrimps and lobsters. Rice is a major crop of Hunan Province, and you will notice that the rice served in the restaurants in Changsha is really delicious. In addition to Hunan food, you will find other cuisines like Pho, Hot Pot, Burgers, and much more!
Are the people in Changsha friendly to foreigners?
The simple answer is yes! About 90 percent of people in Changsha are local Hunan people who loves their city. They are also very welcoming to foreigners and because there are over 20 universities in Changsha, the population is young and open minded to others. I was told that many foreigners who come teach English here, ends up settling down with a local Changsha person, save a lot of money, and build a great life here.
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