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Q: Can someone answer a couple questions about Guilin?

Hi, I am considering moving to Guilin and I was wondering a couple things. First, what's the English teaching market like there for expats? I know the wages are lower, but are there as many jobs as in other cities and what are the typical resume requirements? Second, what's the night life there for expats? Is it fun/big enough? Are there hot girls? (Yes I'm shallow blah blah blah.) Thanks.

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There are the standard university teaching positions and high school positions, and yes, the wages are quite low (less than 5K/mo). The cost of renting an apartment is low (although I don't always factor that in when considering wages).

The rules and regulations are the same as elsewhere. It takes longer to get the paperwork processed (everything moves a lot slower in Guilin).

 

There is nightlife and quite a number of expats (although the young 'uns tend to stay in Yangshuo while Guilin has a lot of older types). The Guilin people are, on average, more conservative (read: small town folk) than in larger cities and therefore you shouldn't expect an easy/quick "relationship" with a "good" girl.

 

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plenty of jobs teaching in yangshuo, your better of going to yangshuo if you like alittle night life and meeting girls who speak english plenty of them do, as for paper work, the schools can help with that, and some dont even care about paper work, any ways teaching isnt the olny job available for foreigners in ys

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  I've been living in Gangxi for 8 years (Liuzhou, Nanning, Beihai and Guilin) and i'd say Guilin is my favourite of its cities. I'm not a big clubber but been to my share there and they were cool. Pretty girls? Sure, plenty. I found work there very quickly and I wasn't qualified beyond the three years of experience I had at the time. Actually got the best wage i've had in any school over the years when I was there. Stones throw from Yangshuo too. Yeh, it's a cool place. Say hi to Adam for me if you go, he's at the centre of the ex-pat community there. Wears a cowboy hat all the time and puts together really great parties. Hope you have a good time.

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Are there any foreign university joint ventures going on around that area? You know, the ones that pay good money for good teachers??

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I liked Guilin as soon as I got there. pretty little city, not over developed with tall buildings, can still see lots of old neighborhoods with small streets. The clubs weren't to my liking, too small with sound systems that make your ears bleed. Lots of small quiet bars. Guilin isn't as crazy big as Guangzhou etc, easy to get around.

 I never looked for expats, maybe if I had I would have been able to find a shoe store that has my size. Yangshou is cool, but I only visited there a couple of times and not long enough to know the place.
I didn't work in China. I adopted the Chinese custom of not liking to get out of bed in the morning. As long as my wallet was still there in the morning, I had no problem.

 There are hot asian girls every where, even in small villages. I read that China has 500 women per square mile.

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you are shallow!

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Thanks for the answers everyone!
I asked mostly because I've been debating Guilin and Yangshuo sound like very ice cities, and I've been basically weighing the pros and cons of those cities verses moving to Chengdu, the other city I've been really interested in. 

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If anyone has anymore to say about any of those cities, I love to get as much information as possible. I will likely visit all of them when I get there and then decide after that.

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A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs