How to use the metro system in China

As you experience the conveniences China has to offer, one of the main things you want to utilise is the air-conditioned, clean, and safe underground metro systems the majority of cities have. China has vastly urbanised populations all living in dense sky rises. Therefore, to help reduce the traffic on the road and to provide a cheap and on-time service to the citizens, they have a vast network of Metro systems that can allow you to travel across the city. In this page, we will go through how you can get access to the Metro and the key differences you might find when using a Metro in China compared to another country.

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How can I access the Metro system In China?

At the time of writing, most Metropolitan underground transportation systems offer the use of Alipay or WeChat pay to provide their citizens quick access onto the platforms. Currently Shanghai requires you to either purchase a single use card or a personal card from which you can continuously top up. One of the fantastic benefits of having Alipay or WeChat setup is that it allows you to use a QR code from your phone to be scanned by the machine as you are entering. You will not need to queue for a ticket, nor will you need to remember the amount that is on your personal card. When purchasing a ticket, however, be sure to bring coins and be aware that there is an option to view the user interface in English as well. If you don’t know where you’re going, there are typically two to three people sat in a booth from which you can communicate with them and they will be able to advise you how to go to that location. Be aware that your bags will be scanned via the xray machines for every time you enter the Metro system.

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How are escalators used for metros in China?

Culturally the Metropolitan underground transportation systems are used as a means of fast and safe transportation. With this combined with the large dense populations means that the Metropolitan systems are frequently busy. You may find yourself squashed in the Metro with sometimes little space. When using the escalators, unlike London, people do not stand on the right-hand side and walk quickly on the left. Everyone uses the escalators the same and just stands.

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Your FAQs

We’ve put together a Resources Page to answer your most frequent questions. From Saving Money, to Getting Your Z-VISA, we have gone into detail there.

Your school will apply for your VISA for you to work directly for them. We’ll be with you every step of the journey. We’ve created our own VISA Support Page. Remember, the VISA you’re applying for is a Z-VISA.

You will have a minimum of a one-year contract, that will be full-time. You can save a lot of money teaching in China, and we’ve put together more information for you to read.

When you are directly employed by the school, they will offer you insurance. This means private level care. Be sure to check your contract for sick days.

You will have to go through your bank to legitimately send money home. To do this, follow the steps they give you. Your school will help support you and will be able to translate anything you need.

That is fantastic news! Not speaking Chinese is great for your students, as you will be able to immerse them in English more. We’ve also put together an Essential Mandarin Guide, and Benefits For Learning Mandarin when you’re exploring.