I am planning to move to China to teach English and to learn Mandarin and I was hoping I could ask a few questions.
#1 Am I better off flying to China first then applying for jobs (perhaps in person) while in the country, or applying for positions advertised on the internet?
#2 If I choose to take my chances and look for work after arriving rather than before I leave, will the schools still reimburse my plane ticket costs?
#3 Probably the most important one is I'm after suggestions on where I should move. I have spent a few months in China in the big cities, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc, but the thought of dealing with that smog on a daily basis does not sound appealing at all. I am not into partying so I'm not concerned about nightlife or lack thereof. I'm not concerned about whether there is a large expat community or whether it would be fairly isolated however I've been warned if I'm going to go to a more isolated city to pick carefully because some are friendlier than others to English teachers. Keeping in mind my criteria of somewhere to learn mandarin and get a job teaching english where they're not going to rip me off, in a city with the least amount of smog, can anybody suggest some places I should research? I don't care about exciting nightlife or places to meet women etc, that's not what I'm there for. Checking the air quality maps and a few random google searches Yunfu seemed to fit the bill, apart from the mandarin part. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated