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Originally posted by liangzai at 2006-5-31 02:39
I hear some laowai work for 10,000 in China, but I assume that is with housing paid.
Well, you're not talking about teachers then. You're throwing out some pretty big numbers there. A foreign teacher making 10,000 RMB would probably not include housing, unless you're talking about someone with a master's degree teaching in an international school or something.
I've been job hunting lately, and with a bachelor's and mixed teaching experience, I will be expecting to be offered free housing and 3000-6000 RMB. No meals, maybe small health insurance (some offer it for emergencies only, or offer a ceiling like 5000RMB) And that's WAY more than local teachers get. They give us more because
1 - we have the asset of being native english speakers and
2 - our lifestyles are different.
I don't need a rich lifestyle by any means, but the things I am used to are more expensive in China.
CZY3280 - Is 1000yuan a comfortable amount for you, or do you struggle financally?
With 1000yuan I would not be able to buy certain foods I'm used to, I would not be able to do some visiting & touristy things, etc, and being a foreigner in Beijing, I can't imagine not being able to afford to go see the Great Wall, or a show, or visit historical places.
Don't forget, we foreigners don't pay local prices, either! Simply having a white face means we will get charged 10x as much as a local. So even my vegetables off the street will be more expensive!
China will be getting back the money they pay us, don't worry!