Teach English in Tianjin: The Complete Guide

Learn about the city with rich cultural history and what to expect teaching here

Tianjin at a Glance

Tianjin is also known as Jingu, Jinmen, pronounced [ tyahn-jin ] or / ˈtyɑnˈdʒɪn /. The city history of Tianjin began with the opening of the Grand Canal in the Sui Dynasty. It is also the confluence and estuary of the five major tributaries of the Haihe River, and is called the "Key Point of the River and the Sea".

Tianjin is a famous cultural city with a history of more than 600 years, famous for the crosstalk, and is also the birthplace of Chinese dramatic art. Tianjin is the place where many art forms have emerged, prospered and developed, such as Tianjin Tune, Tianjin Allegro and Drum Song of Peking and so on.

Where Is Tianjin

Tianjin is at longitude 116.43 degrees east to 118.04 degrees east, latitude 38.34 degrees north to 40.15 degrees north. It is located in the west of the Pacific Ocean, northeast of the North China Plain, and is close to Beijing.

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

Population of Tianjin

According to Tianjin Statistical Bulletin of 2019 on National Economy and Social Development, Tianjin covers an area of about 11966.5 square kilometers. There are 15,618,300 people live in Tianjin by 2019 and the population density is about 1,305.2 people per square kilometer.

Weather in Tianjin

Tianjin has a warm temperate semi-humid monsoon climate, with hot summer, and cold, dry winter with a little snow. It has four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature of the city is 13 degrees, and the average temperature reaches its peak in July at 27 degrees. The temperature is at its lowest in January, around -3 degrees. The days with the good or excellent air quality of 2019 in Tianjin are about 222 days, and the good or excellent air quality rate is 61%.

How to Get to Tianjin

There are 4 major high-speed railways in Tianjin, Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, Jinbin Intercity Railway, Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway and Tianjin-Baoding Railway. The Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway runs from Beijing South Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Station, with a total length of 1,318 kilometers and 24 stations. Tianjin-Baoding Railway started construction in 2010, with a total length of 157.8 kilometers and 7 stations, and the running time between Baoding and Tianjin can be reduced to 40 minutes.

Tianjin Binhai International Airport is located in Dongli District, Tianjin, 13km away from downtown and 30km away from Tianjin Port. It is a domestic trunk airport, international regular flight airport, national First-class airport and one of China's main air cargo centers.

The total driving distance from Tianjin to Beijing is 82 miles, and the total straight line flight distance from Tianjin to Beijing is 69 miles.

Teach English in Tianjin

According to 'Tianjin Statistical Bulletin of 2018 on National Economy and Social Development', by 2018, Tianjin had 56 ordinary universities, 92 secondary vocational schools, 536 ordinary middle schools and 879 primary schools. Ordinary middle schools totaled 146,100 students. Primary school enrollment totaled 127,300. There are 2,223 kindergartens with 262,900 children.

International School Jobs in Tianjin

With the increasing strength of education, the international level of education in Tianjin is also constantly improving. There are some representative international schools in Tianjin, such as:

  • Tianjin Maple Leaf International School
  • Tianjin Yinghua International School
  • The MacDuffie School Tianjin
  • Wellington College International Tianjin

In international schools, ESL teacher should plan and provide high-quality courses according to the specified curriculum,  and develop and use appropriate supplementary materials. Moreover, ESL teachers also need to be responsible for all students' progress, and monitor their learning and achievements.

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Tianjin Kindergarten jobs

In recent years, the comprehensive and steady development of preschool education in Tianjin has laid a solid foundation for improving the cultural quality and educational quality of the overall population in Tianjin. There are some representative kindergartens in Tianjin, such as:

  • Etonkids international kindergarten(Poly Canal City Campus, Tianjin)
  • Tianjin Yinghua International Kindergarten
  • WeiMing Kindergarten

In kindergartens, ESL teachers should give English lessons during scheduled times, and provide an immersive English-speaking environment throughout the day. ESL teachers of kindergarten also need to communicate and cooperate with Chinese English teachers to ensure that both sides agree on the content of teaching plans.

Training Centre Jobs in Tianjin

In training centers, ESL teachers are responsible for complete teaching work conscientiously and maintain good relationships with students, parents and other colleagues. Besides, some training centers may also need you to help other colleagues to improve their oral English abilities. There are many training centers in Tianjin, such as:

  • English First
  • Hampson English
  • Oxford Street English Training
  • E-Blocks

How Much Do You Get Paid to Teach in Tianjin?

Generally speaking, the salary range depends on education attained, years of experience teaching, teaching level demonstrated skills, additional certifications, etc.

According to 'Tianjin City & Salary 2020 Research Report', the average salary of international schools in Tianjin is ¥25,772 ($3,675) a month, and a job position of leadership can be paid up to ¥53000 ($7,558) a month.

The average salary of kindergartensin Tianjin is ¥18,479($2,635) a month, and the pay range is ¥16,000($2,282)-¥20,957 ($2,988) a month.

The average salary of training centers in Tianjin is ¥14,883($2,122), and the pay range is ¥10,567($1,057)-¥19,200 ($2,738) a month.

From the above data of Tianjin salary, we can find that the salary of international schools in Tianjin is higher than the salary of kindergartens and training centers, besides, the average salary of training centers is lowest.

Tianjin ESL Job Requirements

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

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

Besides, although being native English speaker or not is not an essential requirement for kindergartens and training centers, most of them still prefer native English speakers as candidates.

Living in Tianjin, China

The most impressive thing about Tianjin is that it is a city with a smaller population, beautiful scenery and many cultural attractions. As the largest open and industrial city in northern China, it has very good  public services such as urban construction, transportation and medical care, etc.

In terms of transportation, although Tianjin has less subway lines than Beijing, but the commuting routine is generally not as dull and crowded as that in Beijing, since there are much fewer people in Tianjin. Compared with Beijing, people living in Tianjin face less competition and spend a lower cost of living. Therefore, life in Tianjin is more comfortable and leisurely than in tier 1 cities.

Things to Do in Tianjin

There are many famous spots in Tianjin, you can choose to go to Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie) where you can visit the ancient Chinese street with many colorful shops and temples, or you can decide to visit Ferris wheel, Eye of Tianjin where is a must-visit place in Tianjin. By the end of 2019, there are 2 national 5A tourist attractions (11 spots) and 32 national 4A tourist attractions in Suzhou.

This photo is about a tourist attraction in Tianjin which is called “Eye of Tianjin”.
Photo from Unsplash

Tianjin also is famous for a wide variety of snacks, such as Goubuli Baozi (steamed stuffed bun), Mahua (fried dough twist), and Fried Rice Cake, etc.

This photo is a famous snack in Tianjin which is called “Goubuli Baozi (steamed stuffed bun)”.
Photo from Pixabay

Cost of Living in Tianjin

According to NUMBEO,

  • Four-person family monthly costs: ¥14,856($2,118) without rent.
  • A single person monthly costs: ¥4,071($581) without rent.
  • Cost of living index in Tianjin is 14.09% lower than in Shanghai.
  • Rent in Tianjin is, on average, 61.71% lower than in Shanghai.
  • Tianjin has a cost of living index of 42.56.


  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price): ¥190 ($27)                                          
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): ¥9 ($1.3)
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Taxi 1 hour Waiting (Normal Tariff): ¥30 ($4.28)
  • Gasoline (1 liter): ¥7 ($1)
  • 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): ¥155,000 ($22,103)

Where to Live in Tianjin

Most foreigners in Tianjin choose to live in places where are convenient for shopping, suitable for family or single, easy to take the railway and taxi, and near to the park, such as Wande Zhuang Street, Meijiang District, Elite Community, Vanton Central Park, Landscape City, etc.

Rent per Month:

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: ¥2,833 ($404)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: ¥1,717 ($245)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre: ¥7,200 ($1027)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre: ¥3,500 ($499)

Tianjin Subway Map

Based on TravelChinaGuide,

Operating Metro Lines:

 Line 1: Liuyuan - Tianjin University of Finance & Economics

 Line 2: Caozhuang - Binhai International Airport

 Line 3: Xiaodian - South Railway Station

 Line 5: North Danhe Road - First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of TCM

 Line 6: Nancuiping - Nansunzhuang

 Line 9 (Light Rail): Tianjin Railway Station - Donghai Road

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

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