OK, OK -- I am ready to make the "big plundge"....
Over the last couple of weeks, I started applying directly to several universities (no agents --- thank you very much!) in Xinjiang, Gansu and Heilongjiang. I am looking for the "off the beaten path" experience with my sights set on Xinjiang.
So far, I have been offered 4 actual teaching positions: 2 in XJ and 2 in Gansu with another 1 in XJ [in Yining --- where I want to teach) "reviewing my application with the other leaders" of the university.
All 5 jobs basically offer the same package:
1.) 5,000 RMB/month (except 1 of 2 in Gansu only offering 3,800)
2.) 14 - 18 periods (45 or 50 minutes)
3.) 2,200 RMB travel money
4.) 5,000 - 7,000 flight reimbursement
5.) free apartment
6.) "Z" visa (funny --- one of them tried to pull the "we'll change your tourist visa" b.s. on me --- and, thanks to the Saloon, I knew better).
7.) etc., etc.
Like I said, I am hoping for an offer from the school in Yining (far west XJ) -- actually applied to a uni there as well as a high school (haven't heard from the h.s. yet).
Does anyone in the Saloon have any experience living in (or visiting) any of the 3 cities (Karamay, Urumqi, or Yining)?
I know the basics of each --- what I have pulled from Wikipedia, the schools' websites, travel websites, weather websites, www.farwestchina.com
, Peace Corp ESL blogs, etc.
For what it's worth ---- thanks to everyone in the Saloon that have helped me with their posts. I don't post too much but I read a lot of your musings and have learned a ton of shit (and I have stolen several of your jokes too!).