One of the most beautiful and magnificent cities in the world’’, according to famous explorer Marco Polo who visited Hangzhou over 600 years ago.

Hangzhou – China

A statue to the famous Italian explorer has been erected in the city and is well worth a visit for all of you history buffs.

Hangzhou is a great city to live in as an expat teacher. There is a lively expat scene and plenty to do, with a relatively low cost of living. Hangzhou is located on the Yangtze River Delta and is less than 1 hour from Shanghai by train. If it is picturesque river scenery you are looking for, combined with ancient Chinese architecture, there is no better place than Hangzhou. The famous attraction here is the West Lake. Wineries, bridges, and pagodas all surround the lake in a beautiful picturesque setting.

Location Information

Beautiful Lake scenery / Stunning temples
Safe for solo travellers
Advanced public transport
Cost of living per month inc. rent ¥7,000-¥9,000 RMB per month
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant ¥150
Lunch local restaurant ¥20
A beer for one .5l ¥6
One-way Subway ticket ¥3
Cinema Ticket ¥40
Monthly gym membership ¥180