Achives: Teaching English in Hong Kong

9 Things You’ll Discover About Living in Hong Kong As a TEFL Teacher

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So you’ve got yourself a TEFL job in Hong Kong!

Firstly, well done! Secondly, we’re INSANELY jealous and thirdly we thought we’d share with you 9 things you’ll discover about living in Hong Kong!

1)      It’s Cantonese!

Brushed up on your Mandarin all ready for your new adventure in Hong Kong? Well you better get back to night school as the most commonly spoken language in Hong Kong and neighbouring Macau is Cantonese!

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Hong Kong Celebrations and Festivals

By Lindsay Varty

Hong Kong’s population is a cosmopolitan cocktail of nationalities and cultures and the city prides itself in respecting and celebrating all of these traditions. In other words, there’s always an excuse to party!

Here are two of the biggest events of the year:

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Hong Kong by Night

By Lindsay Varty

Teaching English in Hong Kong Part 3

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Renowned as a ‘city that never sleeps’, Hong Kong offers a wide range of activities for all you avid night crawlers. Shops stay open till 10pm so it’s never too late to pick up a few more items for a new wardrobe. Pop down to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to check out the beautiful harbour front and the city’s notorious neon skyline. At 8 o’clock every night, you can catch the electrifying ‘Symphony of lights’: a show of flashing lights and laser beams put together by over 40 of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscrapers.

Hop on the Star Ferry– Hong Kong’s famous cross-harbour boat that has been in operation since 1888, which provides a relaxing yet fascinating journey across the city’s harbour, and a fabulous way to take in the spectacular scenery and overall awe of this beautiful city.

Check out ‘Temple Street’ night market in Jordan. Open at 4pm until midnight, this bustling market features rows and rows of makeshift stalls, hawking a plethora of cheap items such as clothes, watches, sunglasses, bags and electronic gadgets. Have your palms read by one of the wise old fortune-tellers that gather at the Yau Ma Tei end of the street.

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Hong Kong by Day

By Lindsay Varty

Teaching English in Hong Kong Part 2

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Hong Kong prides itself on offering a little bit of something for everyone- whether its huge shopping malls with every luxury brand under the sun you’re after, or quaint little boutiques and back street art-jamming sessions that you desire. But here are a few of the city’s biggest attractions to entice you:

The Peak

The Peak Tower is one of the city’s most iconic architectural structures. Looking rather like a humongous wok, 396 metres up Hong Kong Island’s highest mountain, the tower offers spectacular views of the busy harbour and concrete jungle below. Pose with Bruce Lee and other celebs at the Madame Tussaud’s in the Tower, and grab a bite to eat at Bubba Gump’s- the restaurant made famous in the film Forrest Gump.  For even more fascinating views and a bit of history, take the 120 year old rickety Peak Tram up the mountain.

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Hong Kong- Asia’s World City

By Lindsay Varty

Teaching English in Hong Kong Part 1

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Hong Kong is a fascinating cosmopolitan city bursting with life, lights, entertainment and of course, people. This tiny pinprick of a city in the South China Sea is made up of two main parts: Kowloon on the mainland and Hong Kong island, and has a whopping population of 7 million people.

Having been a British colony until the handover back to China in 1997, Hong Kong boasts a beautiful blend of Chinese and western cultures and a calendar packed full of worldly celebrations and traditions.  It has gorgeous sunny weather, lovely friendly people and yes, you might have guessed it, it’s my home! In just four posts, I will attempt to explain why Hong Kong fully deserves its title as ‘Asia’s World City’.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

TEFL Jobs in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. There are many opportunities to find TEFL Jobs in Hong Kong. It is also a great place to live and work.

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