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Q: Living in Hainan

Hey Everyone! 

Very new member to this site but not unfamiliar with it!

I'm thinking about moving to China in a couple of months to improve my mandarin, I'd love to live in Hainan province purely because of the weather!

I was wondering if it was easy to get a simple teaching job on arrival as well as finding a cheap affordable place to live. I'm not too picky about what I can live with.

Thanks in advance

4 days 15 hours ago in  Housing - Other cities

 
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You'll need to get a job before you come, it's the way the visa system works.

shanewilson:

Yeah I'm aware of that, just wondering if there's any option i can get a short term job on a holiday visa. When I was in China last I was approached by a few people to do some cash in hanf work

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You'll need to get a job before you come, it's the way the visa system works.

shanewilson:

Yeah I'm aware of that, just wondering if there's any option i can get a short term job on a holiday visa. When I was in China last I was approached by a few people to do some cash in hanf work

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I consider all provinces from Fujian toward HK as warm spots. ... I've never been on Hainan, but I was reading some very negative reviews on Hainan Training mills.

You can most likely get an English (part-time) teaching job on arrival, but if you change your mind later and want to be employed legally with Z visa, you will be required to return home and apply for visa at Chinese Embassy.

I think, it's much wiser to start with proper visa in China from the start .... since you are still home.

You won't find cheap housing on Hainan 'cause that is an island full of tourists.

Have a look at the housing at nearest island to your home. It isn't (supply/demand) any different in China.

shanewilson:

Yeah I only want to do a short term trip the first time because I will have to come home for a year to complete my university degree. And then return on an extended working visa,

Thanks for the tips about Hainan, my other option would be Yunnan province

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It is illegal to work on any visa other than a work visa. You could probably get an illegal PT gig in a training center somewhere, but it really isn't worth the risk of fines/deportation/ban from entering china if caught. Also, be aware that there are unscrupulous recruiters who get people jobs and then immediately turn them in for the reward (it happened to a guy that my previous school had hired. He was in HK to change his business visa to a work visa and tried to pick up some PT work while he was there; they were waiting for him at the job site)

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Check the job boards and apply. Simple as that. Then scan the forums for visa requirements. All easy and straight forward.

But be aware... Guangdong climate looks good on paper. But fuck me, when its hot, its fucking hot.

Hot, sticky, humid. Very very unpleasant in summer.

Good luck.

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If you wanted to work and still stay legal (at least I assume it's legal) you could look at online teaching. There are companies that pay you to do classes via skype or something similar.

 

Also, don't count on being able to rent an apartment short term, most leases are long term and you usually need to pay six months to a year rent up front. Coming in on a tourist visa means you'd have about a month in China, you might be able to find a hostel or something for that time.

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Thanks everyone for the responses. Much easier to just ask a question on here rather than dig through the internet for answers. I'll consider everything and perhaps maybe just go on a short holiday to Hainan when I'm there. 

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Never mind all the litter!  

 

earthizen:

There are times when one can hardly notice any litter (doesn't mean they are not there though). This is Hainan beach during spring festival, after that comes the May long holidays, then summer holidays (schools), then national long holidays in October......etc. angel


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diverdude1:

yep, locusts.   why anyone would go to Hainan is beyond me.

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Stiggs:

Why would anyone ever go there you ask?

 

Well I've had this conversation before so I know the answer.

 

Chinese workmate: Where are you going for Chinese New Year?

Me: Thailand, going to chill out on a quiet beach for three weeks.

Workmate: You should go to Hainan. Hainan is better.

Me: Nope. Too many people there, it's a Chinese tourist trap.Not even remotely interested.

Workmate: But it's very beautiful and very famous. Everyone goes to Hainan so it's better.

 

So there's your answer Dude.It's very beautiful and very famous and everyone goes there. So if everyone else is going there you'd be stupid not to follow. 

 

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