I hate to be the one to tell you this, but finding credible specific recommendations online is very, very difficult. Warnings are easy and plentiful, but real recommendations are very rare indeed. There are some reasons for this:
- There aren't many completely shit-free teaching experiences in China. Perfection pretty much doesn't exist; it's really a matter of finding a situation with a good-to-shit ratio you can learn to tolerate. People may stay with such situations, possibly even for more than one year, but they won't exactly recommend the place to others.
- People get mouthy when they feel abused, not when they're at least reasonably happy. Sad but true...people will blanket the 'net with complaints, but a lot of happy stories never get written down. We encourage people here to write both kinds of reviews, but even at The Saloon the complaints predominate.
Making things more complicated, a lot of the reviews you DO find on other sites (we stamp down this nonsense PDQ at the Saloon...) are not trustworthy. They may sound great, but odds are overwhelming that they are planted by the school managers, or written up by turncoat foreigners who are compensated for their efforts. Such "reviews" will tell you any imaginable lie just to fill out their faculty rosters, and reality will set in once they have their hooks in you.
We've also had posters in the past- and their ilk are still rampant on other sites- who constantly felt compelled to build themselves up by endlessly oozing about how completely heavenly their jobs were, and what indispensable parts they were of astoundingly high-quality programs. Of course, these results will not reproduce in the lab, and personally I'd put more credibility in a stealth-ad from school managers.
Ultimately, the best indicator of a school may well be not a recommendation, but a scarcity of complaints.
Teaching in China is kind of like being an Acapulco cliff-diver...research and preparation are good and essential things, but sooner or later you just have to let go and jump, and hope for the best.
I know a lot of people come to The Saloon and other sites in search of good solid recommendations of dependably decent schools, and I'm really, really sorry: I wish I could help you. The sad truth is that, in the overall big picture, there ain't none.