Teach English in Zhengzhou: The Complete Guide

Learn about the birthplace of Chinese civilization and what to expect teaching here

Zhengzhou at a Glance

Zhengzhou is pronounced as [ jœng-joh ] or / ˈdʒœŋˈdʒoʊ /. Zhengzhou is an important birthplace of Chinese civilization, a national famous historical and cultural city, and one of the eight ancient capitals of China.  It has 2 world cultural heritage sites and 74 national key cultural relics protection units. Henan opera is known as one of the four major Chinese operas.

This photo is about Henan Opera that known as one of the four major Chinese operas.
(Photo from Baidu

Where Is Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, is located in the middle of China and north of central Henan. It is at longitude 112.42 degrees east to 114.14 degrees east, latitude 34.16 degrees north to 34.58 degrees north.

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

Population of Zhengzhou

According toZhengzhou Statistical Bulletin of 2019 on National Economy and Social Development, Zhengzhou covers an area of about 7,446 square kilometers. There are 10,352,000 people live in Zhengzhou by 2019 and the population density is about 1,390.3 people per square kilometer.

Weather in Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou has a north temperate continental monsoon climate, frequent alternation of warm and cold air masses and having four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature of the city is 15 degrees, and the average temperature reaches its peak in July at 28 degrees. The temperature is at its lowest in January, around 1 degree. The days with the good or excellent air quality of 2019 in Zhengzhou are 177 days.

How to Get to Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou is known as "the city brought by trains", and the intersection of Lanzhou-Lianyungang Railway and Beijing-Guangzhou Railway has always made Zhengzhou be the hub of railway transportation in China. By 2018, Zhengzhou Railway Station reached a total construction area of 212,000 square meters, with 7 stations and 13 lines, and the peak can accommodate 25,000 people.

Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport located in Xinzhneg city, southeast of Zhengzhou, and by the end of 2018, it had 55 passenger airlines and 208 passenger routes. Besides, the passenger throughput of Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport was 29,129,300 in 2019.

The total driving distance from Zhengzhou to Beijing is 427 miles, and the total straight line flight distance from Zhengzhou to Beijing is 387 miles.

Teach English in Zhengzhou, Henan

With the deepening of international exchanges, an increasing number of people in Zhengzhou are paying their attention to English education, and the development of English education has made great progress. In addition, Henan is a populous province in China, and English, as one of the main subjects of various examinations, plays a very important role in both the senior high school entrance examination (Zhongkao) and the national college entrance examination (Gaokao). Therefore, there are many opportunities for English teaching in Zhengzhou.

According to Zhengzhou Statistical Bulletin of 2019 on National Economy and Social Development, in 2019, there were 62 ordinary colleges and universities, 117 secondary vocational and technical education schools, 127 ordinary high schools, 359 ordinary junior high schools, 958 ordinary primary schools in Zhengzhou, and 414,000 kindergarten children.

International School Jobs in Zhengzhou

In recent years, the demand for English teachers in schools is increasing because of the development of the economy and education, and the increasing number of schools. There are some representative international schools in Zhengzhou, such as:

  • Zhengzhou Aoxin International School
  • Zhengzhou Kinglee High School
  • Zhengzhou Foreign Language School
  • Caczz International School

In Zhengzhou international schools, as an ESL teacher, you will be responsible for planning and implementing fascinating courses, working collectively with other staff members, grading and recording assignments, and managing student behaviors. Moreover, the ideal candidate will have high flexibility, initiative and creativity, as well as strong communication skills.

Kindergarten Jobs in Zhengzhou

According toZhengzhou Statistical Bulletin of 2019 on National Economy and Social Development, there were 30,000 kindergartens in Zhengzhou in 2019, an increase of 8.2%.

In Zhengzhou kindergartens, ESL teachers will be responsible for providing a teaching environment of English listening and speaking, assessing students' progress and providing continuous improvement guidance. Besides, ESL teachers of kindergarten also need to participate in festival activities with students and parents.

There are some representative kindergartens in Zhengzhou, such as:

  • Bron International Kindergarten
  • Etonkids International kindergarten
  • Bethel International School

Training Center Jobs in Zhengzhou

According toZhengzhou Statistical Bulletin of 2019 on National Economy and Social Development, in 2019, the per capita disposable income of Zhengzhou residents increased by 8.6% over last year. With the increase in residents' income and the number of students, more and more parents and students choose to go to English training centers to improve students' oral English ability and English scores.  There are some representative training centers in Zhengzhou, such as:

  • Pinewoods Education
  • English Model
  • FICA Education

How Much Do You Get Paid to Teach in Zhengzhou?

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

Zhengzhou is¥17,321 ($2,473) a month, and the pay range is ¥14,727 ($2103)- ¥19,914 ($2,843)  a month.

The average salary of kindergartens in Zhengzhou is¥18,066 ($2,579)a month, and the pay range is ¥13,823 ($1,973)-¥18,066 ($2,579) a month.

The average salary of training centers in Zhengzhou is ¥16,558 ($2,364), and the pay range is ¥13,033 ($1,861)- ¥20,083 ($2,867) a month.

From the above data of the salaries in Zhengzhou, we can find that the salaries of international school and kindergarten in Zhengzhou are higher than the salary of training center.

Zhengzhou ESL Job Requirements

According to 'Zhengzhou City & Salary 2020 Research Report', the requirements of international schools in Zhengzhou are a bachelor's degree or above, relevant teaching experience in an international school or foreign language school, and relevant certification or qualification.

The kindergartens in Zhengzhou will choose candidates who have a bachelor's degree or above, native English speakers (in principle from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa), and some kindergartens also need candidates who have TEFL or TESOL certificate.

The training center in Zhengzhou will choose candidates who have a bachelor's degree or above, and two years of experience or TEFL / TESOL.

Living in Zhengzhou, China

Zhengzhou has been a crossroads of civilization exchanges since ancient times, and rich cultural heritage is preserved in Zhengzhou. It is a good choice to live in Zhengzhou for people who are interested in ancient Chinese history and want to know more about it.

This photo is a landmark building in Zhengzhou.
(Photo from Pixabay

Things to Do in Zhengzhou

There are many famous spots in Zhengzhou, you can visit Monastero Shaolin (Shaolin Temple), Erqi Strike Monument Tower, Yellow River and Zhengzhou Museum, etc.

This photo is about a tourist attraction in Zhengzhou which is called “Erqi Strike Monument Tower”.
(Photo from Baidu

Shaolin Temple is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism, there are many spots in Shaolin Temple, such as Sutra Depository, Thousand Buddha Hall and Tallinn, etc. At present, there are 1 national 5A tourist attractions and 17 national 4A tourist attractions in Zhengzhou.

This photo is about a tourist attraction in Zhengzhou which is called “Shaolin Temple”.
(Photo from Pixabay)

The main course in Zhengzhou is mainly pasta, such as steamed buns, oil rolls, oil cakes, biscuits, deep-fried dough sticks, and so on. Zhengzhou people especially like to eat noodles, and there are many kinds of noodles in Zhengzhou, such as soup noodles, braised noodles, fried noodles, beef and mutton noodles, etc.

This photo is a bowl of noodles that is a staple food in Zhengzhou.
(Photo from Unsplash)

Cost of Living in Zhengzhou


  • Cost of living for expat: ¥3,774 ($538 )/ month
  • Cost of living for family: ¥7,184 ($1,024) / month
  • Cost of living for local: ¥2,051($292) / month

According to NUMBEO,


  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price): ¥90 ($13)                                          
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): ¥8 ($1.14)
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): ¥2 ($0.29)
  • Taxi 1 hour Waiting (Normal Tariff): ¥19 ($2.71)
  • Gasoline (1 liter): ¥7 ($1)
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car): ¥146,000 ($20,819)
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car): ¥186,666($26,619)

Where to Live in Zhengzhou

Most foreigners in Zhengzhou live in the central districts, such as Erqi District, Huiji District and Zhengdong New District, etc.

Rent per Month:

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: ¥ 1,970 ($281)
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: ¥ 1,080 ($154)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre: ¥ 3,700 ($528)
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre: ¥ 2,325 ($332)

Zhengzhou Subway Map

There are 5 lines in operation in Zhengzhou, and 3 lines are under construction or planning.

Line 1: Henan University of Technology - New Campus of Henan University

Line 2: Liuzhuang - Nansihuan

Line 5: Yueji Gongyuan – Yueji Gongyuan (Loop Line)

Line 14: Xushui - Lianhu

Chengjiao Line: Nansihuan – Xinzheng International Airport

Lines Under Construction or Planning:

Line 3: Wutongjie - Jinguangnanlu

Line 4: Nanyanglu - Chenyanglu

Line 6: Longzihu East – Nansanhuan

This photo is a map of Zhengzhou metro.
(Photo from TravelChinaGuide)

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