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TEFL TESOL Course China - Hangzhou -Shanghai
Learn to teach English in China

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province in China. Famous for its picturesque scenery and rich history, has always been among the top tourism sites in China. It is only about 120 miles away from Shanghai, which is the largest economic and trade centre in the country and a comprehensive industrial base, as well as a famous historical and cultural city. There are numerous ways to travel to Shanghai from Hangzhou. If you would like to experience the high-speed express train between Shanghai and Hangzhou, It only takes 80 minutes and costs about 10USD. west lake

The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most frequently visited attractions. The "Ten West Lake Prospects" have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments.

A number of national museums can be found in Hangzhou and are representative of Chinese culture. Fine examples are the National Silk Museum and National Tea Museum. Along with the other museums in Hangzhou, they provide a fascinating insight into the history of Chinese traditional products.

Hangzhou dishes are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. Beggar's Chicken (a chicken baked in clay), West Lake Fish in Sweet tefl centre shanghai chinaSour Source (vinegar coated fish fresh caught from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea are well-known. The shopping environment in Hangzhou is exciting and convenient too. At night Hangzhou has much to offer and teahouses and various kinds of pubs are both plentiful and popular.

If you have ever heard of an old Chinese saying about Hangzhou and Suzhou. "Heaven above, Suzhou and Hangzhou below", you may like to check it out too, the amazing Garden City---Suzhou. It takes less than 2 hrs by bus to get there from Hangzhou, and costs 10USD.

Gateway Language VillageGLV hotel style accommodationThe Gateway cafeteriaGLV CAMPUS in Hanzhou

TEFL International courses are run at the Gateway Language Village.

GLV sets the standard for English Immersion Programs.

"It is a real pleasure to teach in GLV.

The students are mostly young professionals,highly motivated, mature and responsible.

"GLV is building bridges between China and the world."

Come teach in GLV and join our international community.



  • An internationally recognised qualification meeting or exceeding industry standards
  • Course administered by highly trained staff with extensive local knowledge
  • Organized classes and a curriculum that has been proven successful and effective
  • Low student to teacher ratio
  • Excellent teaching practice opportunities


  • One of the most historical and cultural spots in China, amazing West Lake and a number of museum
  • Easy access to the outside world by all means of transport: ocean, offshore and inland water shipping, high way and railroad transport, air flights etc.
  • No food expense during the training course. Delicious meals provided by our host school GLV free of charge, 3 meals from Monday to Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday
  • Clean hotel rooms offered for a cheap price, only 200USD/4weeks
  • A wealth of outdoor and cultural activities
  • Free internet wireless service inside the classroom and dorm building
  • Hangzhou has some of the best night life in China
  • Study Chinese for an affordable rate
  • Course orientation and welcome dinner
  • A great environment for your one month stay on the campus of our host school GLV, where you meet many adult Chinese students from different regions of China willing to make friends with foreigners
  • Convenient weekend trips to Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and many Ancient towns in the neighbor area, such as Zhouzhuang water town, Shaoxing etc…
  • Career connections through close liaison with the most reputable ELT recruiters in China (with hundreds of teaching vacancies throughout the country)


  • This course is ideal for Gapyear students and people wanting a change of life or moving abroad
  • Your fellow students come from different countries and various continents
  • Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well-trained in the industry
  • Your support staff will assist you with whatever you need
  • The locals are peaceful, friendly people who generally like spending time with foreigners

Accommodation details

Hangzhou accommodation:

All rooms are standard 3-star hotel rooms, located on the 3rd or 4th floor of the building, while our classroom and office are on the 2nd floor, and the GLV cafeteria is on the ground floor. You have your own room, which consists of one or two beds, TV, AC, chair, closet and a bathroom with western toilet. Laundry facilities are provided per floor. The centre offers FREE meal plan in the cafeteria where you can meet Chinese students who are studying English at Gateway Language Village.


Address in Chinese: 地址:杭州市萧山区风情大道2555号休博园内 平和英语,杭州乐园旁
                                Email:  hangzhou-shanghai@tefllife.com
                                Tel:86-571-82671960, 83861618

Country Costs

Although living costs are rising as China continues to develop, it is still quite cheap by Western standards, however, given the differences in living costs from region to region it is difficult to provide an accurate estimate of costs. As a guideline, a budget of between $350 and $700, depending on if you want to eat in the cafeteria, will allow you to enjoy some of what China has to offer.

Visa Requirements

Visitors to China must obtain the appropriate visa depending on the purpose of their visit.

Tourist Visa: required for tourist, family or personal matters and usually 30/60/90 days duration.

Business Visa: required for business, research or cultural exchanges and usually limited to 30 days duration.

Work Visa: required for employment and includes accompanying family members.

Student Visa: required for student or intern purposes covering a period of six months or more.

Students attending courses of less than six months require an invitation from the institute they will be studying at. For programmes less than 6 months students are usually issued F visas for short term study. A single entry F is US$30 and double entry is US$60.

All visitors to China require a passport valid for a minimum of six months from day of entry. Visas can be obtained directly from the Chinese Embassies or Consulates in your own country, or China Travel Service Offices.

A completed visa application form together with one recent passport-size photo is required. Visitors can apply for single-entry visas which are valid for entry within three months. After they have obtained a visas foreigners can travel in all the open cities across China.

Health & Safety

The health rate amongst Chinese is remarkably high, however, given the varying standards of hygiene visitors are advised to exercise due care and diligence and should be aware of potential health risks.

Visitors are adviced to carry basic medicines for cold, diarrhoea and constipation. Those requiring special medicines are advised to carry an amount sufficient to cover the duration of their visit. Medicines should be carried in their original container identifying them as legally obtained drugs.

China is one of the safest countries in the world and the Chinese are friendly and welcoming. Crime is low and virtually unheard of against Western visitors. Petty street crime does exist in some areas and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions to protect their property and take out insurance cover for personal belongings.

Hangzhou, located in northern Zhejiang province, eastern China , south of Yangzi river delta, belongs to the subtropical zone. It has plentiful sunshine and abundant rainfall the whole year with an annual average temperature of 16.2 degrees Centigrade, average summer temperature of 28.6 degrees Centigrade, annual rainfall of 1435 millimeters, average relative humidity of 7.6%.

Hangzhou Course Schedule


  • 31 March - 28 April
  • 2 June - 30 June
  • 4 August - 1 September
  • 3 November - 1 December


  • US$1690:  Deposit $600 (370) balance payable on arrival $1090(720)
  • Accommodation:

    • Shared dorm room US$ 300
    • Single or shared room starting at US$ 650 (shared bathroom)
    • Private room in apartment starting at US$750 per person*

    *min. of 3 people need to choose this option, and limited availability

    How to Apply

    Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning amidst the history, culture and diversity that is Beijing.

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    2555 Feng Qing Da Dao

    Xiaoshan District

    Hangzhou, P.R. CHINA


    How To Get There

    Directions to get to TEFL International Hangzhou:

    1. If you fly to Pudong International Airport, Shanghai:

    A) Go to Terminal 1, walk out Gate 15, cross the road and go the the 2nd floor, there is a ticket office selling tickets for the Wulinmen Minhang Building in Hangzhou. The bus times are (AM, 8:40, 10:10, 11:40. PM, 1:10, 2:40, 4:10, 5:50). The trip takes about 3hrs and costs 85RMB (about $ 13 US). (Please note that if you arrive at Pudong after 5 PM you might be too late to take this bus and will need to use option B Once you get off the bus in Hangzhou then take a taxi to our school from there. That costs about another 60RMB ( $9 US).

    B) You may take a shuttle bus (bus line # 7) from in front of the main terminal to Shanghai South Train Station from Pudong Airport, the bus leaves every 30 mins and costs 20 RMB ($3 US). Then take a train to Hangzhou South Train Station (Hangzhou Nan Zhan, ???? in Chinese), the cost is about 65-70 RMB ($10 US) for the train ticket. There are more than 20 trains to Hangzhou Southern Train Station per day. Then take a taxi to GLV school for 30 RMB (about $4 US)

    2. If you fly to Hangzhou International Airport, you may take an airport shuttle bus to Xiaoshan district, but get off at the Xiaoshan Government stop (Xiaoshan Zhengfu), it costs 15 RMB($2.5 US) and then taxi to our school for 20 RMB ($3 US).

    3. If you take a train from another city in China, get a ticket to Hangzhou Southern Train Station (Hangzhou Nanzhan), as it is closer to our school, then a taxi to GLV for 30 RMB ($4 US). However, if you end up at the main Hangzhou Train Station, it will cost about 50-60 RMB by taxi to get to our school.


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