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Q: Anyone based in Cixi City, Zhejiang Province?

I'm considering accepting a seemingly great job offer but I'm reluctant to move anywhere that's too isolated, because that's why I'm leaving my current job. In my current home in Renqiu, Hebei Province, I am the only foreigner of 90,000 people. There are no bars and even if there were, certainly no English speakers to hang out with. It is no good for one's sanity and while my Chinese has improved in leaps and bounds, there is still no one like minded to chat to - in a small town, conservative outlooks abound and I think I am really just the local freak laowei to gawk at and take selfies with

 

So if anyone knows anything about Cixi City, and its capacity to satisfy Western palates, I would be most grateful to hear it.

 

Thank you. 

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Hey everyone. I used to live in Cixi.,.. I'll have to rain all over your parade. Cixi is 1,5 hours from Ningbo. There are about 40  not very friendly  foreigners and 2 bars. Buses run until 5,30 so good luck with your day trips to Ningbo. It's literally a horrible town with nothing to do.

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Go for it Smile

 

I know nothing about the places you mention. But your post suggests your Chinese is ok. So you will survive.

 

As you are already in China, you will have wechat. So you will be able to sit outside a hole in the wall shop, drinking beer, and chat with your pals in a wechat virtual bar.  You could even post adverts to find other people in a situation similar to what you will be in.

 

I am sure there are lots of people that read ECC in a similar situation.

 

Good luck Smile

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Cixi City, in Ningbo. It would be heaven compare to where you are, i.e. if your main issue is a lack of expat support group.

 

From your research you probably are aware of this --- Ningbo is literally hours from Shanghai by road, but without the flamboyance and glamor. It is quite a cozy, peaceful place relatively speaking.

 

The locals are far less arrogant than Shanghainese, generally speaking. Ningbo area is probably the largest electronic gadgets zone in northern PRC, with a reasonably sized expat population. Try contacting them with this link (website is founded 2004, good omen for you). Good luck.

 

http://ningboexpat.com/

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The western bars street in Ningbo.

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I was supposed to to go Ningbo to do a lecture there for one of the bigger ESL companies a couple of weeks ago.... silence after my contact resigned (and, I was just told "we're reducing your fee"... obviously, I said 'no'...).

 

The area will probably be better than what you've already experienced in China. Ningbo seems to be ok on the coast there. 3 hour train gets you to Hangzhou. Add another hour, and you can be in Shanghai. About 1 hour from Ningbo is Wenzhou - it sucks!

 

Some of the smaller surrounding cities and counties have some nice sceneries ... maybe even some blue skies to make you feel calm and relaxed. Ningbo is also famous for seafood. (just ask any of the locals)

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Thanks guys. Ningbo looks great. Sadly this position is not for Ningbo it is for Cixi City which  I think is about an hour away by road. I could of course journey to Ningbo on weekends, but after living in such a dire place devoid of any sort of stimulation for the last few months, I'd like my day-to-day abode to be much more western-friendly: a yoga lesson, drinks with other foreigners, nightclub dancing, join a gym perhaps, find a swimming pool. That sort of vibe.

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Katek, ...hahahaha...you have me rolling on the ground when you said you smoke, not breath.  

 

Have you heard of the saying baptism by fire?  The way you are "smoking", or shall I say, being smoked, reminds me of that.

 

The good news is, the experience right after this kind of baptism is usually extremely positive.  Hey, talking about pastlife, you probably have had one or more in China. Visit places with ancient monuments (real, not fakes) and notice if some of them give you a strong déjà vu experience. Trust your own feelings. A month of holiday, good! Have fun! 

 

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Hey everyone. I used to live in Cixi.,.. I'll have to rain all over your parade. Cixi is 1,5 hours from Ningbo. There are about 40  not very friendly  foreigners and 2 bars. Buses run until 5,30 so good luck with your day trips to Ningbo. It's literally a horrible town with nothing to do.

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