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Xianyang is located twenty kilometers west of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, along the northern bank of the Wei River. This is the original ancient capital city of China and its history dates back well over 2,500 years. It is here that Qin Shihuang, after unifying the various warring kingdoms of the Eastern Asian continent into a single political entity, established one of the world’s first great political and cultural capitals.
The modern city embraces it’s glorious past as it moves into the modern age. Xianyang today is a modest sized Chinese city of about 1 million people. The population consists mainly of Han Chinese, Hui, Mongol, and Xinjiang peoples, and there is a definite Islamic presence in the local culture and food. In many ways it is a typical balance of modern downtown and faded tenement areas found in many cities of its size throughout the nation.
Small family-run businesses and restaurants number into the thousands. Street food and outdoor markets are found all over the city and forms a great part of the attraction and pulse of Xianyang. Rivers of people on their bicycles flood the streets during the peak times of the day making for a fascinating sight. Residents here enjoy a quieter, more relaxed pace lifestyle than those of neighboring Xi’an.
The justly famous historical sights scattered throughout southern Shaanxi are very easily accessible from Xianyang. Ancient tombs, palaces, and temples dot the surrounding countryside and there is local transportation to all of these places. The Loess Plateau to the north is an area of haunting beauty and village life, also easily explored on days off with relative ease. There is a massive mountain range to the south of the city with equally enticing exploration opportunity.
The food of Xianyang is essentially the same as neighboring Xi’an. Central Asian styles of cooking are dominant in the street markets and standard Chinese styles from throughout the country are represented. Shaanxi remains one of the best places in the world for hand made noodle dishes and Xianyang upholds this tradition wonderfully. In addition to this, there are a couple of excellent, reasonably priced places serving up convincing Western fare.
The weather in Xianyang is continental with 4 distinct seasons. Summer is hot with occasional heavy rains and frequent thunderstorms rolling out of the Qinling Mountains to the south. Winter is cold with below freezing temperatures at night and infrequent snows. Spring and autumn are very pleasant times of the year with abundant sunshine and little rain.
Xianyang uses Xi’an as its main transportation hub. Busses get you into downtown Xian in about a half an hour from Xianyang. Trains from Xi’an enable easy access to areas throughout northern China. Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, and Taiyuan are all easy overnight train rides. Flights to Chengdu and Chongqing take little more than an hour and can cost as low as 30 US dollars. Xi’an International Airport is actually just outside of Xianyang and is well connected with the rest of the country and beyond.
Xianyang Aston opened its doors in August 2004 and has gone on to become the leading English Training School in our city. We are located in downtown Xianyang only 2 minutes walking distance to the city center.
Our students range in age from 4 to 54 and number just under two thousand at present. Total staff number around 40 and consist of 25 full time teachers, 10 of which are Western teachers.
Our school is a modern design consisting of numerous classrooms, reception areas, and a comfortable teacher’s lounge. We have an extensive collection of resources for teacher’s use in planning and teaching.
As with all other Aston Schools our aim is improving the English communication skills of our students. Our ability to do this with the team of people here in Xianyang is evident in our standing within the community and our growing reputation throughout the region.
With schools now in all of the major cities throughout Shaanxi we have become the premiere English Training School of the province and our teaching staff enjoys the benefits of this reputation.
Xianyang Aston presently provides four apartments for our foreign teachers’ accommodation. All of these are within 1km from the school and set among lively residential neighborhoods.
Most residents bike around Xianyang or utilize the fleet of inexpensive taxis. There are also many buses to bring you all around the city for only 1RMB.
The apartment are very spacious, all of the apartment are over 100 square meters and have little individual perks give them identity and a homey feeling. If you sign a one year contract you get free internet access in your apartment.
Any questions regarding accommodation in Xianyang can be presented to our management staff and we will happily respond to all inquires.
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"Despite always wanting to come to China there were still nagging doubts as I stepped off the plane. However the main concerns quickly evaporated on meeting the local foreign and Chinese managers as they were extremely welcoming, professional and efficient. Inside and outside of the school their level of support has been second to none. Having a curriculum to follow, complete with teacher’s manuals, gave a structure to classroom activities that was invaluable to this and every other Aston rookie. In addition, all of the staff helped enormously with large doses of advice and humour during the early days as I adapted to life as a teacher. I originally chose to come to Xianyang because of its location and long history and whilst both criteria have exceeded expectations it is the new friends and witty students I’ve met here who have made this such a great experience."
Jon - Aston Xianyang, 2010-11
Top reasons to pick Xianyang Aston
- Aston is Xianyang’s premier English Training School.
- Downtown location.
- A state-of-the-art school design.
- Friendly staff and locals who are interested in meeting foreign nationals.
- Cheap cost of living even compared to most major cities in China
- A population of just over 1 million so you still get the Chinese experience but not too crowded.
- Xianyang is in the center of China, most major cities are accessible by night train e.g. Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu.
- Xian’s International Airport is actually just outside Xianyang - only 15 minutes by taxi from the school.
- Downtown Xian is only 30 minutes away by train.
- A copy of “China Lonely Planet for every new teacher
Changzhi A plus
8 to 10K RMB p/m
Clean with good air quality most of the year. It’s ranked as having the cleanest air in most of Shanxi. The kind and friendly locals live a relaxed life at a slow pace, a welcome break from most of the frantic, big cities of China. The people of Changzhi are still relatively new to foreigners in China, so you would find a few curious onlookers giving you a stare or trying to initiate a conversation to learn more about you. Changzhi is conveniently connected to just about every city in China through bus, rail or air. Locally, the cities public transport network is also very well developed, so getting around town will be a breeze.
- Contract: 28 hour 12 Month
- Pay: 8 to 10K RMB per month depends on exp
- Housing: Free, Single
Shanxi Province, on China Daily
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