Teach English in Hohhot: The Complete Guide

Learn about the capital city of Inner Mongolia and what to expect teaching here

Hohhot at a Glance

Hohhot (Chinese: 呼和浩特), pronounced as [hoh-hoht] as well as /ˈhoʊˈhoʊt/ (IPA), also called 'Hushi' (Chinese: 呼市) for short, is the capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.Hohhot is a city that has a long history and splendid culture. It is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization in ancients times, and could be viewed as the zone of convergence between nomadic culture and farming culture.

Where Is Hohhot

Located in northern China, inside the Eurasia, Hohhot is a central city of the Hohhot-Baotou-Ordos urban agglomeration. It is situated in the middle of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the southern side of the Daqing Mountains, at 40°51′-41°8′ N and 110°46′-112°10′ E.

Hohhot is very important in its geographical location. It is a significant bridge that links the Yellow River Economic Zone, Eurasian continental bridge and the Circum-Bohai Economic Circle. In addition, Hohhot is a key opening city along land border of China to Mongolia and Russia.

See the picture below to find out the exact location of Hohhot.

Location of Hohhot, China

Population of Hohhot

According to Hohhot statistical bulletin of 2019 on national economy and social development, the total permanent population of Hohhot in 2019 is 3,137,000. Among them, the rural population is 927,000 (29.5%) while the urban population is 2,210,000 (70.5%).

Weather in Hohhot

The climate in Hohhot belongs to the continental monsoon climate, andis characterized by four distinct seasons and a large difference temperature between day and night. Overall, in Hohhot the average annual temperature is about 3.5℃ — 8℃, and the average annual precipitation is about 337mm — 418mm. The air quality of Hohhot is good, the number of days with good / excellent air quality is 292 in 2019, which accounts for 80% of all days in the year.

How to Get to Hohhot

The tier 1 city nearest Hohhot is Beijing, and the distance between them is about 416 kilometers (258 miles). Today's Hohhot is trying to build a national integrated transportation hub. And in general, you can now get to Hohhot through several different types of transportation.

By Air

Hohhot Baita International Airport is the only airport which is operating in Hohhot now, and it serves flights to both domestic and international cities like Bangkok and Moscow. The other airport called Hohhot-Shengle International Airport has already started construction and is expected to open in 2022.

By Train

There are two railway stations in Hohhot. One is called Hohhot Railway Station and the other is Hohhot East Railway Station. The railway network is large-scaled, linking Hohhot with not only other Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, but also some international cities such as Ulan Bator and Moscow.

Hohhot East Railway Station
(Photo from Chinadiscovery)

Teach English in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia

It could be found in Hohhot statistical bulletin of 2019 on national economy and social development that by the end of 2019, there have been 24 general higher education institutions, 115 ordinary middle and high schools, 200 ordinary primary schools and 386 kindergartens in Hohhot.

Moreover, in recent years, with the globalization and the internationalization of education, people in Hohhot have paid more and more attention to English and the demand for foreign teachers has become larger and larger. Overall, expats may find teaching jobs in Hohhot in international schools, kindergartens or training centers.

International School Jobs in Hohhot

Although there are not many international schools in Hohhot, there are still some and the number is likely to be increasing in the future. Some examples of international schools in Hohhot are International Division of Hohhot No.2 High School and International Division of No.14 Middle School Hohhot. These schools provide international curriculums like Advanced Placement (AP) and preparatory courses for SAT or TOEFL.

Kindergarten Jobs in Hohhot

Hohhot also has some international kindergartens (e.g. SHERBORNES Kindergarten). Most of the international kindergartens provide bilingual courses, using both English and Chinese as their languages of instruction.

Training Centre Jobs in Hohhot

Training centers also offer job opportunities for expats. Education First and Baff Englishare two famous English training centers in Hohhot.

How Much Do You Get Paid to Teach in Hohhot

In this TTJ's city and salary research, the collection of data on the salary of Hohhot's teaching jobs is quite limited. Therefore, no accurate salary information can be obtained.

Hohhot ESL Job Requirements

Again, due to the data limitation, here no exact information can be provided. However, in most cases, you are probably to be accepted as a qualified candidate for the ESL teaching job if you are an English-native speaker who has a bachelor's degree and has at least two years of relevant teaching experience.

Living in Hohhot, China

Hohhot, meaning 'blue city' in the Mongolian language, is an excellent city to visit and live in. Living there, you can have a chance to truly feel the beauty of nature, the diversity of culture and the richness of history.

Things to Do in Hohhot

Being named as one China's Famous Historical and Culture City in 1986 and Excellent Tourism City of China in 2004, Hohhot is a city where you can enjoy lots of interesting and exciting things.


Hohhot is famous for both its natural landscapes and cultural heritage. For instance, if you are a person who likes to view some natural sights, then Xilamuren Grassland and Gegentala Grassland will be two wonderful choices for you. There are also quite a few places that are full of cultural values such as Zhaojun Tomb and Five Pagoda Temple. And you might gain a better understanding of the history and culture of Hohhot after visiting these cultural landscapes.

Living in Hohhot: beautiful attractions.
(Photo from Baidu)


As a multi-ethnic city, Hohhot has a diverse diet culture. Generally speaking, the food in Hohhot integrates the diet custom of different ethnics such as Mongolian, Han and Hui. In Hohhot, people eat a lot of mutton and milk products. Some typical dishes are Roasted Whole Lamb, Mongolian mutton fondue, lamb sweetbread soup and so forth.

Living in Hohhot: delicious food.
(Photo by Maggie)

You can visit websites such as Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor and TravelChinaGuide for more information.

Cost of Living in Hohhot

Generally speaking, the cost of living in Hohhot is not high. From the data provided by Nomadlist and Numbeo, an expat who lives long-term in Hohhot, spends about ¥6,528 ($930) per month on average. Such a cost is only around three times lower than the living expense for an expat in New York City. In Hohhot, it usually costs you about ¥1,500 ($214) per month if you want to rent an apartment with one bedroom in the city center. A normal meal at McDonalds costs about ¥49 ($7).

Where to Live in Hohhot

There are four districts (i.e. Yuquan, Huimin, Xincheng, Saihan), four counties (i.e. Tokto, Horinger, Qingshuihe, Wuchuan) and one banner (i.e. Tolmud Left Banner) in Hohhot. Among them, Xincheng District is regarded as the central area of the city, and might be a good place for expats to live in.

Hohhot Subway Map

At present, Hohhot Metro Line 1 is the only subway line in Hohhot that is under official operation, and it contains 20 stations in total. Metro Line 2 is now entering the trial operation stage and will operate officially soon.

You can see the following map for more detail.

Living in Hohhot: Metro system map.
(Map from Hohhot Metro)

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