Perched at the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian is surrounded by water on three sides and mountains on the fourth. Dalian is quite unique with its amazing geographical features, and it is because of Dalian's geography, with its two ice-free ports and protective mountains that it was so sought after by the Russians, Japanese, and Chinese alike in the past. More importantly today, the oceans, tree-covered mountains, and natural beauty make Dalian both a travel destination and favorite place of residence for many of these same people.
Here is the birthplace of Aston English School, established in 1996 and going strong into our 20th year. Dalian is home to 7 different locations as well as three kindergartens, the largest number of Aston Schools of any city in China. We also boast one of the highest numbers of total students, Chinese teachers, and Foreign teachers of any city throughout our system.
In Dalian, Aston English School is known locally as “Future School” and the commitment is the same as every location throughout the country – improving students’ speaking and listening skills in a fun and supportive environment. We have been the established market leader in our city for many years due to the quality of education we provide for our students and the experience our teaching staff brings.
All seven of our schools in Dalian are identical in terms of teaching method, support systems, teacher’s resources, classrooms, and overall design. There are however distinctions that can be made owing to the unique character each location has to offer.
Future 1: Located at one of the cities focal points just off Zhongshan Square, Future 1 is second only to Future 3 in Dalian in terms of number of students and teachers. The days and nights bustle in this commerical district with options abound for food, entertainment and shopping.
Future 2: Located in the south western area of the city, this school is a short walk from the beaches that make Dalian famous. It neighbors many universities, shops, restaurants and bars and make this area, Heishijiao, its own little axis of life in Dalian.
Future 3: The largest ESL school in Dalian, Future 3 is located about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to the west of People’s Square in what has become a nexus of commerce and entertainment in its own right. Future 3 is a major presence in this part of the city, with thousands of students and the largest teaching staff in Dalian.
Future 4: A little to the north of Future 3 lies the neighborhood of Jinsanjiao, the home of Future 4. This up-and-coming area is full of warm and friendly Dalianese who want to make new foreign friends as well as a diverse selection of food. Conveniently located near the airport, it acts as a great spring board for trips out of town and to the less explored parts of the city and province.
Future 5: Right on Jinzhou district’s pedestrian mall, Future 5 boasts great views of the surrounding mountains, close proximity to the beach, and delicious street food right outside the front doors. Future 5 is one of the smallest and perhaps most intimate of Dalian’s schools.
Future 6: Located in what may be the cleanest urban district in all of Liaoning Province, the newly remodeled Future 6 is a medium sized school in the Kaifaqu (Development Zone) district of northern Dalian. The light rail line zips passengers south into downtown in just 40 minutes, or north to the popular beaches outside of the city in less than half an hour.
Future 7: Just a short trip further away from Dalian’s city center, Pulandian hosts the seventh school in the Future English system. Here in Pulandian you can find a more relaxed lifestyle than what downtown can offer along with a less-Westernized atmosphere. Being the smallest of the Future schools, Pulandian offers new teachers a good environment to learn the ropes of teaching and old hands a low pressure environment to practice their craft.
Dalian is a fairly young city by Chinese standards, but has managed to factor fairly significantly into the history of Northeast China during the last two centuries. Since the late 1890's, Dalian and its surrounding areas have switched hands from China, to Japan, to Russia, back to the Japanese, back to the Chinese and Russians together, and finally entirely back to China in 1955.
Wandering the streets of various neighbourhoods in Dalian, Russian and Japanese influence is apparent in much of the architecture, and adds some international flavour to the cityscape.
Dalian having grown from a mere fishing village in the early 1900's, the Dalian skyline is nothing less than impressive. Dalian is now a cultural, economic, and trading hub of Northeast China. Every year, more and more international companies are coming to set up shop in Dalian. Dalian is also a favorite tourist destination for both Chinese and foreign travelers alike. With ocean beaches, museums, aquariums, an International Fashion Festival, an International Beer Festival, an internationally acclaimed golf course (Golden Pebble Beach), mountain hikes, the top-ranked soccer team in China, an exciting nightlife, and a growing expatriate population, there is a lot to do within the city. Dalian is also just a short flight away from many other intriguing places: one hour from Beijing, one hour from Seoul, Korea, a couple hours from Shanghai, and a couple hours from Tokyo. Dalian is also a great springboard for journeys into northern China, to places like Harbin, Shenyang, Inner Mongolia, or even all the way up to Russia!
While Dalian does not have the multi millennia history that many other cities boast, it has its own charm. Clean air, beaches, western amenities, and a huge helping of traditional Chinese culture make Dalian an interesting and very enjoyable place to live. If you don't believe it, come and try for yourself!
Because of the tremendous range our schools in Dalian cover throughout the city, and the number of teachers we support, it is very difficult to speak in general terms about the apartments provided by the individual schools. All apartments are in the vicinity of the schools where the teachers work. Some are a short bus ride away, and many are within walking distance.
While it is difficult to be specific about the 30+ apartments we offer, the basic minimums of the teacher’s contract are guaranteed and our schools have utilized many for a long time. You should expect 2 bedroom-shared accommodation, solid heating, washing machines, and basic furniture located inside safe and interesting neighborhoods. Please see the Teacher’s FAQ page for additional information.