a VirtualTourist member from Brentwood
I am looking at some teaching English job options and one of the jobs is in Liuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. I can't find anything about it here on VT and searching on the web all I can find is fairly formal information rather than actual accounts from real life experience. Has anyone been and can give me some idea what life is like there - especially as a foreigner? I have not been to China before and it is quite a daunting prospect even though I am sure it would be fascinating. I've had a good look through Hailun's pages about teaching in China in general (great work Helen if you see this) but was after some info on this particular region. Thanks!
Look at the pages of loubess and joecooper. I don't know if that is the right region though.... It's at least China LOL
Hi [VT member 1cf16] - the pages are helping to give me a better overall picture of China but I can't find anything specifically on that region. It looks like Joe has been to Guilin which IS in the region but hasn't updated his page yet.
You could try e-mailing Joe. I see he was logged on a couple of days ago. I actually thought he should have been back by now?
Thanks - I have done. I was wondering what had happened to Joe. He used to be on the forums all the time a while back.
No more general knowledge about the city than you have already learnt (from internet, books or anywhere). But search on line with keywords 'live in liuzhou' gives me at leat the following: Simple description of the city (a sister city of Cincinnati, OH/USA): conversa1.com/sistercity/liu... With names of three Americans taught English in Liuzhou (you may find a way to contact them): conversa1.com/sistercity/liu... Best luck, Lou is teaching in Kunming, she has a good experience HOW to live and teach there, so a good source of info. Have a good time, hope you enjoy your time there.
Thanks for the link Freecloud. I haven't made any decisions yet. Finding work in my first choice country (Brazil) is proving extremely difficult. China, on the other hand, appears to have a huge demand for English teachers.
I've been there. It's a rail hub in the midst of mountain and river scenery with a tad bit of karst topography. It's about 175 km from Guilin/Yangshuo, the most scenic spot in Guangxi province. Liuzhou is just an ordinary Chinese city but that will be fine if you have never been to China before and have no other more attractive options in China. Liuzhou is famous among Chinese for the production of wooden coffins and for being the hometown of legendary Olympic gold medal gymnast Li Ning. (His name brand athletic wear is a bargain in this city.) The city's attractions are limited to the usual public parks and small temples, but more interesting excursions are available at White Lotus Cave (Bai Lian Dong) and the Miao minority villages in Rongshui county (about 120 km north) at Yuan Bao Shan. I believe you would enjoy life in Liuzhou and it also puts you in good position to explore some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of China's southwest during summer vacation and upon completion of your contract. Best wishes, Confucius
Thanks [VT member 46443], This is exactly the sort of info I was after. The option I have is to continue looking for teaching poitions as they appear, which they do frequently. I have been invited for an interview for the Liuzhou job so wanted some info about the city before deciding whether to accept. My problem is that I know so little about China I wouldn't know a more attractive offer if it hit me in the face! Thanks [VT member 46443] for sharing your knowledge - appreciate your help. Phil
Do you still need info re Liuzhou? A friend of mine has been living in this area for several years. She runs a French organization promoting elementary school sponsoring in the miao mountains. i'm sure she can tell you a lot about the area/ people/culture.
Hi and thanks for your post. I wanted to find out about the area with regard to a job offer that I have now decided not to go ahead with. Therefore I don't need any information right now. Thanks again! Phil
hi,i am a senior 1 student in liuzhou.i donot know if you are the teacher who will come to my school cause there will be two more foreign teachers coming to my school.my school is called liuzhou no.1 railway middle school.it is one of the key schools in guangxi.its home page is:http://www.ltyz.gx.cn. there will be an english introduction.by the way,we have already had a teacher from newzealand. you can write to me if you have any questions.my e-mail is:[email] welcome to liuzhou.
Hi Felix, I decided not to pursue this particular teaching position after all so I won't be coming to your school! Thanks anyway .. Phil
Hi there, I am currently living and working in Liuzhou and am only too happy to help with any questions you may have. This place is amazing, such a different culture but everyone is so friendly and welcoming. Its quite an industrial city but it alkso has many beautiful parts, mountains and the river. Please contact me at [email] if you have ANY questions
So, Phil - did you make it to Guangxi in the end!? Joe
Blimey Joe, that question was posted a while back! Where have you been?! No, I didn't go eventually. I'm enjoying better things in Thailand at the moment.