Recently, I, too have heard it's a good gig other than how far out of (Suzhou) town it is.
Old stories of how things WERE, aren't necessarily accurate as to how things ARE. These places were just getting set up 5-6 years ago. Some/many of them have heard the heat and have adjusted their staffing and policies accordingly. Small training centers maybe not, but the larger enterprises, yeah. I seriously doubt that XJTLU is going to be f*****g with people's pay in 2012.
Eh, as long as I can get fruit and veg I should be fine. I hear they have a library and book exchange as well. Internet might be an issue. I imagine I'll be getting hidemyass.com
I know that how things were and are are very different. My uni here WAS good, NOW there's major turnover due to things like, hm, let's cut your pay 2 weeks before the school year.