Teach English in Ningbo: The Complete Guide

Learn about the prosperous costal city in Zhejiang Province and what to expect teaching here

Ningbo at a Glance

“Ningbo” can be pronounced as [ ning-baw ] (IPA: / ˈnɪŋˈbɔ /). Ningbo is an important port city on the southeast coast of China and an eastern port of origin on the "Maritime Silk Road". Besides, Ningbo is a national historical and cultural city and is known as a hometown of famous academicians in China.

Where Is Ningbo

Ningbo is located in the southeastern part of East China's Zhejiang province and the southern wing of the developed Yangtze River Delta region. It is at longitude 120.55 degrees east to122.16 degrees east, latitude 28.51 degrees north to 30.33 degrees north.

This photo is a map of Ningbo’s geographical location and the distance from Ningbo to Shanghai.

Population of Ningbo

Ningbo covers an area of about 9,816 square kilometers. There are 8,542,000 people live in Ningbo by 2019 and the population density is about 870.2 people per square kilometer.

Weather in Ningbo

Ningbo has a subtropical monsoon climate, being mild and humid, and having four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature of the city is 17 degrees, and the average temperature reaches its peak in August at 28 degrees. The temperature is at its lowest in January, around 6 degrees. The days with the good or excellent air quality of 2019 in Ningbo are 318 days.

How to Get to Ningbo

Ningbo Railway Station is the main railway station that was built in1959 and it is about 3 kilometers from the city center. In addition, there are bus stations both the north and south squares of Ningbo station, which is very convenient for passengers.

Ningbo Lishe International Airport is the only airport in Ningbo, located in Haishu District, and it is an important trunk airport in China. Besides, Ningbo Lishe International Airport is 12 kilometers away from downtown, which is only 10-30 minutes away by car.

The total driving distance from Ningbo to Shanghai is 120 miles, and the total straight line flight distance from Ningbo to Shanghai is 78 miles.

Teach English in Ningbo, Zhejiang

In recent years, Ningbo government has increased its investment in education and education has developed rapidly. Therefore, the number of high-quality schools in Ningbo is increasing, and there are more and more good educational resources. With the improvement of people's living standards, the consumption in education has increased. Besides, with the increasing number of good quality international schools, there are more and more high-quality educational resources in Ningbo.According to Ningbo statistical bulletin of 2019 on national economy and social development, by the end of 2019, there were 1,975 schools of all levels and types in the city, with a total number of 1,373,000 students,including 15 colleges universities, 85 ordinary high schools, 224 junior middle schools and 427 primary schools in Ningbo.

International School Jobs in Ningbo

According to 'Ningbo City & Salary 2020 Research Report', there are about 19 international schools in Ningbo.

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Kindergarten Jobs in Ningbo

There are a totally over 1,229 kindergartens in Ningbo, with 226,500 children.  In 2008, there are 65 provincial model kindergartens, and 585 kindergartens above the three-star level. There are some famous kindergartens in Ningbo, such as:

  • Alerton Kindergarten
  • Hanvos Green Bilingual Kindergarten
  • Kid Castle Bilingual Pre-School
  • Ningbo Cixi Campus

As a foreign English teacher in kindergarten, you should create a positive, inspiring and safe environment for students to thrive in education and society. Besides, you need to keep plans and records according to the requirements of your school.

Training Centre Jobs in Ningbo

Communicating with native English speakers is a good and effective way of learning English. Most parents are willing to choose training centers to help their children to improve spoken English and cultivate English habit of thinking and expression. There are some famous training centers in Ningbo, such as:

  • Notting Baby Early Education Centre
  • Mosobo English Training Centre
  • Ningbo Education First
  • Kiddie English

In training centers, ESL teachers will be responsible for students' progress, planning and providing safe, appropriate, child-led and adult initiate activities or opportunities which can enable children to develop and learn.

How Much Do You Get Paid to Teach in Ningbo?

According to 'Ningbo City & Salary 2020 Research Report',the average salary of international schools in

Ningbo is ¥23,288 ($3,320) a month, and the pay range is ¥19,946($2,844)- ¥26,631($3,798) a month.

The average salary of kindergartensin Ningbo is ¥20,500($2,923) a month, and the pay range is ¥18,000($2,566)-¥23,000($3,279) a month.

The average salary of training centers in Ningbo is ¥17,902($2,553), and the pay range is ¥15,375 ($2,192)- ¥20,429 ($2,913) a month.

From the above data on the salaries in Ningbo, we can find that the salary of international schools is higher than the salaries of kindergartens and training centers.

Ningbo ESL Job Requirements

According to 'Ningbo City & Salary 2020 Research Report', a bachelor's degree is required by all international schools, kindergartens and training centers in Ningbo.

Most international schools and kindergartens in Ningbo will choose candidates who have two years of relevant teaching experience while most training centers accept freshmen and entry-level teaching experience.

Besides, most kindergartens and training center will choose native English speakers while being a native speaker is not essential.

Living in Ningbo, China

Ningbo is an industrial and commercial city in eastern China and one of the economic centers of Zhejiang Province, with high per capita income and complete social security. In addition, Ningbo has a beautiful natural landscape and profound cultural landscape, and it was recognized as one of the China's happiest city in 2019.

Things to Do in Ningbo

There are many famous spots in Ningbo, such as Tianyi Pavilion, Old Bund of Ningbo, Tiantong Temple, Ningbo Museum, and Dongqian Lake, etc.  

This photo is about a tourist attraction in Ningbo which is called “Tianyi Pavilion”.
Photo from Unsplash

The Old Bund of Ningbo is the oldest Bund in Chinese history and is a very popular place for foreigners. There are a large number of European and Gothic buildings that have been transformed into bars and restaurants. Moreover, Old Bund of Ningbo is also a social platform and diversified business district, including an urban construction exhibition hall, international hotel, world cuisine, city apartment and industrial hall, etc.

This photo is about a tourist attraction in Ningbo which is called “The Old Bund of Ningbo”.
(Photo from 699pic)

Ningbo cuisine is famous for seafood, and there are some famous dishes in Ningbo, such as Crystal Sugar Turtle (Bingtang Jiayu), Dry Fried River Ell (Guoshao Manyu), Yellow Croaker with Sea Cucumber (Huangyu Haishen), etc. Ningbo also is famous for a wide variety of local snacks, such as Crystal Leaf Fat Bun, Dragon and Phoenix Golden Cake, and Eight-Treasure Rice Pudding, etc.

This photo is a famous snack in Ningbo which is called “Ningbo Glutinous Rice Balls”.
(Photo from 699pic)

Cost of Living in Ningbo

According to NOMADLIST,

  • Cost of living for expat: ¥9,264 ($1,321)/ month
  • Cost of living for family: ¥18,206 ($2,596) / month
  • Cost of living for local: ¥5,199($741) / month

Based on NUMBEO,


  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price): ¥100 ($14)                                          
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): ¥11 ($1.6)
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Gasoline (1 liter): ¥8 ($1.14)
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car): ¥140,000 ($19,964)
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car): ¥153,336($21,866)

Where to Live in Ningbo

Most foreigners in Ningbo will choose to live in Yinzhou District and Haishu District. Besides, places such as Donghu Garden (Songjiang East Road), Bortman, Wanda Plaza (Ningbo Yinzhou Branch) and Vanke Jinse Shui'an are also popular with many foreigners.

Rent per Month:

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: ¥1,943 ($277)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: ¥1,716 ($245)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre: ¥4,375 ($624)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre: ¥2,860 ($408)

Ningbo Subway Map

There are 3 lines in operation in Ningbo, and  line 4 is under construction.

Operating Metro Lines:

Line 1: Gaoqiao West - Xiapu

Line 2: Lishe International Airport – Qingshuipu

Line 3: Luotuo North – Fangqiao

This photo is a map of Ningbo metro.
Photo from TravelChinaGuide

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