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Teachers Guide to ZS

Welcome to Zhongshan Welcome to Bond Language Institute

Contents

  1. Introduction to Bond
  2. Zhongshan Transportation
  3. Zhongshan Dining
  4. Living in Zhongshan
  5. Notes on What to Bring
  6. Important Notice
  7. Map of Zhongshan

Welcome to Bond Language Institute

Wishing you had a pleasant and uneventful trip and now you’re rested and ready for more adventures!!

The information in this book is going to give you a warm welcome to Bond and let you know what to expect and what is expected from you during your stay with Bond Language Institute.

China is a beautiful country with friendly and hospitable people. Boasting a splendid recorded cultural history of over 5,000 years, China is the world’s only ancient country with a continuous civilization. With 1.3 billion people of 56 ethnic groups, China is the largest country in the world and it is the world’s only country to have maintained an average GDP annual growth rate of 9% and plus over the past decades. As China opens up further to the outside world following its accession to WTO and Beijing’s hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, English is playing an important role in all aspects of the nation. To suit its various ever-growing needs, China needs more native English speakers as qualified teachers.

Bond Language Institute is committed seeking excellence of English language teaching and research at all levels in China, contributing and initiating nationwide reform of the age-old teaching methodologies.

Over the past years Bond has employed and placed over 200 native speakers of English from countries such as Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland etc. Young graduates and undergraduate students from university or college gained hands-on practical teaching experience, making new friendship, learning Chinese and some of them have ended attending China’s top universities for further studies. Middle-aged teachers learnt more about the culture, traveled extensively in China, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and some of them returned home taking their elegant Chinese Mr. or Mrs. “Right”. Retired teachers regained their youth and rejuvenated themselves by immersing in the Chinese culture, adapting and enjoying the great variety of Chinese gourmet food and delicacies, which is a healthy diet and wholesome exercises such as Tai-Chi and foot massage.

Zhongshan Transportation

Zhongshan is not a large city and its external communication depends heavily on its well developed system of highways, complemented by water transport. Three important freeways pass through the city, connecting it to several other metropolises and prosperous cities in China. In addition, the city's road network has been extended to a number of cities on the Pearl River Delta.

By Air

The closest airport to Zhongshan is the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). In September, 2006, the City opened a new airport lounge, providing travelers with easy access to airport shuttle busses.

CAN -> Zhongshan

Departure location: A and B airport lounge of CAN
Departure times: Once an hour from 8:50 am to 7:50 pm at the A lounge; Once an hour from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at the B lounges.

Zhongshan -> CAN

Departure location: Seasons View Executive Hotel, No.93, Dongyu Road, Eastern District. (Take bus 1, 6, 9, or 12 to get to the hotel)
Departure times: Once an hour from 6:00 am to 10:00 am as well as from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Tip: We recommend leaving at least two and a half hours before your plane is scheduled to depart.

Train

Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Mass Rapid Transit (known as Guangzhu Intercity MRT) was completed and brought into service on December 31st 2012. It links Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou’s Panyu District with Zhuhai, via Shunde, Zhongshan, and Jiangmen.

Along the route, there are 8 stations in Zhongshan: Nantou, Xiaolan, Dongsheng, Zhongshan North, Zhongshan, Nanlang, Cuiheng (unused) and Guzhen.

Zhongshan Station is located in the Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and the North Station is located between the north part of Shiqi District in the city center and the port area. Passengers to Shiqi District, West District, South District and the Port District should get off at the North Station, while those going to the East District, Wuguishan District and the industrial development zone should get off at Zhongshan Station.

6 bullet trains run daily between Guangzhou South and Zhongshan Station. The trains depart at 07:55, 10:35, 13:20, 15:05, 17:20 and 19:10 from Guangzhou South and leave at 09:06, 12:11, 13:21, 15:31, 18:06 and 19:31 from Zhongshan. The journey time is about 40 minutes, while the price is CNY 50 for a first class seat and CNY 40 for a second class seat. There are about 25 bullet trains running daily between Guangzhou South and Zhongshan North. The trains operate from 07:00 to 22:40 at Guangzhou South and 07:32 to 23:42 at Zhongshan North. It takes 29 to 40 minutes and costs CNY 50 for a first class seat and CNY 40 for a second class seat.

Long-Distance Bus

Because Zhonghshan does not have train service, most visitors and residents rely on the bus system for both everyday and travel transport. At present, the city has a developed highway net, including a series of buses stations. The Zhongshan Main Bus Station connects to Hainan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Hunan and Henan provinces. 15 bus routes connect to other parts of Guangdong Province as well. Buses to Guangzhou depart once every 25 minutes; buses to Shenzhen depart once every 20 minutes. The ticket office is open from 06:00-21:00, and tickets are available four days before your departure date. This bus station is located at the crossing of Fuhua Road of the West District and the No.105 National Highway.

Ship

The city has developed a convenient maritime mode of transportation between city and Hong Kong. Zhongshan Passenger Traffic Port is located in the Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, just 51 sea miles (about 59 miles) away from Hong Kong. Currently five luxurious high-speed ferries sail between the city and China Hong Kong City, Hong Kong International Airport, and the Macau ferry terminal. The trip to the Hong Kong International Airport takes about an hour and ten minutes, while the other journeys take about an hour and a half.

Ferry Schedule

Hong Kong to Zhong Shan PortZhong Shan Port to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Sailing TimeDepartureZhong Shan Sailing TimeDestination
08:00China Ferry Terminal08:00China Ferry Terminal
08:30China Ferry Terminal09:00China Ferry Terminal
10:00China Ferry Terminal11:00China Ferry Terminal
12:00China Ferry Terminal14:00China Ferry Terminal
12:20HongKong-Macau Ferry Terminal16:00China Ferry Terminal
14:00China Ferry Terminal17:30China Ferry Terminal
16:00China Ferry Terminal18:00HongKong-Macau Ferry Terminal
18:00China Ferry Terminal20:00China Ferry Terminal
20:00China Ferry Terminal--
Hong Kong International Airport to Zhong ShanZhong Shan to Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Airport Sailing TimeDepartureZhong Shan Sailing TimeDestination
13:00Hong Kong International Airport10:00Hong Kong International Airport
15:50Hong Kong International Airport12:00Hong Kong International Airport
20:10Hong Kong International Airport17:00Hong Kong International Airport

Passenger notice:

  1. Baggage can be carried by each passenger free of charge is 20KG (size not over 0.1 m3 in total) and 4KG cabin baggage (size not over 0.028 m3 in total).
  2. Ferry ticket is valid to the same vessel at the same day only. Passengers need to reach the designated boarding wharf within 30 minutes of the departure time. Please go on board after handling departure. Stop check-in before five minute of departure time.
  3. To handle in Zhongshan port ticket office, customers would be charged 40% of the ship ticket's fare for refunding within 48 hours of the departure time. Due to the carriers’ liability to cancel vessel, please take tickets to handle ticket refunding or changing on the original ticket office within one month from the notice date. The ticket refunding of holidays, please prevail to the announcement of ticket offices. Ticket-purchasers please pay attention on it.
  4. If passengers need to change ticket, passengers would be charged 10 yuan of every ship ticket's fare for changing in the place of purchasing ticket or Zhongshan port ticket office within 30 minutes of the departure time.

Hong Kong International Airport vessel passenger notice:

  1. Passenger can go on board by holding valid air ticket with confirmed seat for the same day departure, valid passport and visa. Stop passenger boarding before 20 minutes of the departure time.
  2. When purchasing air ticket, please pay attention to which airlines have Sea-to-Air transfer boarding service.
  3. You are required to get to the indicated airport no later than 2 hours before the scheduled departure time for check-in at the counter.
  4. This vessel is special for the passengers who take direct airline via Hong Kong International Airport. Customs formalities are NOT required at Hong Kong International Airport. The passenger who want to enter Hong Kong, please take Hong Kong airline.
  5. After get off the flight, passengers need to purchase ferry ticket on Air-to-Sea Transfer Service Counter. Please must not claim baggage first so as to avoid un-boarding after entering Hong Kong.

City Bus

You can travel around the city easily on the city buses. At present, over 80 bus lines are opened in city area, most of which are self-service (meaning you should have CNY2/person ready when you board each bus). There are buses to surrounding towns which can greatly facilitate the transport between the city proper and outskirt area. Comparatively, sights of Zhongshan are widely dispersed and no special tour lines and sightseeing buses are available currently. However, there are city buses running to some scenic spots.

For example, Bus No.002 passes Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall. Bus No.033 can help you getting to the beautiful water town in Minzhong Town. As for the highly praised green cascade of the Yangtze River, you can get Bus No.006 and off the bus at the stop of Changjiang Leyuan. Zhongshan Spring and gulf course are easy of access. Bus No.11 A and B, Zhongshan-Zhuhai Bus can take you there straight from the city center.

There are city buses to Shenzhen Airport too. They can be found in the terminal building in Zhongshan built by Shenzhen Airport. It makes people much easier to get to the airport.

Taxi

There are more than one thousand taxis of fourteen taxi companies in the city. According different types of vehicles, the fares are different. For Beijing Hyundaiand Santana, the start-rate for short trips is CNY7 for the first 2 kilometers(about 1.2 miles) and then CNY2.48 for every additional kilometer (about 0.6miles). CNY2.2 is charged for every additional kilometer for Jetta brand vehicles. The other rate is for trips further than 10 kilometers. The same start-rate is the same as the former, but each additional kilometer is CNY2.6.

During the night from 22:00 to 05:00, twenty percent of basic fare per kilometers is additionally charged if the distance is more than 2 kilometers.

Zhongshan Dining

Generally speaking, Zhongshan dishes have the flavor of Cantonese dishes, a little part of Hakka and Zhanjiang dishes. While absorbing the essence of the other cuisines, this area has formed a series of local dishes that is a tourist highlight of the city.

Snacks

To be precise, every county of Zhongshan has its own local snacks. Select ingredients and elaborate cooking processes will certainly leave a memorable experience. The black tea, dried rolls of bean-milk cream, mango, the mushroom glossy ganoderma and Tuckahoe of Wugui Mountain are favored by both locals and visitors. In addition, Xiaolan Town of Zhongshan City also presents visitors with eight kinds of local products. Since the county is famous for its various chrysanthemums, most of its snacks are related to chrysanthemum. For example, sugared pork mixed with chrysanthemum is considered to be the best gift to friends and relatives by locals.

Would you like to find something more appealing? Please taste the Shiqi Pigeon, Xiaolan fried fish paste and Zhongshan Liang Yi Chicken. Having been listed amongst the Chinese famous snacks, they can definitely fill your appetite. Besides them, Huangpu Cured Meat, which is pork firstly cured in salt, sugar, soy and wine before dried in the sun, is also famous in the world wide. And don't forget to buy a box of almond cakes made by Juxiangyuan.

Restaurants:

Scenic Holiday Hotel
It is awarded as one of the Chinese famous restaurants, serving traditional Chinese food as well as western food.
Address: Chang Jiang Reservoir Scenic Spot

Zhongshan Maiguang Fan Prince Restaurant
Founded in 2004, this restaurant attracts lots of people by its various kinds of cuisine and elegant dining atmosphere.
Address: the 5th floor of Daxin Xinduhui Building, No.2, South of Daxin Road, Shiqi District

Western Restaurants:

Venice Beefsteak Town
Shiqi location: Dongyu Road, Shiqi District
Xiaolan location: Daxin Xinduhui, Xiaolan County, Zhongshan City

Lapis Lazuli (Italian cuisine)
Address: N0.1-6 of Zhidi Square, Yongjing Garden, Yingtong Road, East District
Bus routes: No.6, 27, 31

Vegetarian Restaurant:

Fo Yuan
Address: No.71, Yinwan South Road, East District
Bus routes: No.4, 27, 31

Fast Food

Kuailesong Pizza
Address: No.23-25 of the third Building, Fengyuan Street, Shiqi District
Bus routes: No.1, 007, 10

Zhen Gongfu (Chinese food)
Address: Vanguard Supermarket, No.51, Zhongshan 5th Road, Dongqu District,
Bus routes: No.1, 006, 205, 12, 090, 023

Living in Zhongshan

Hotel:

Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City
Address: No.8 Xingnan Road,Southern DistrictZhongshan, 528455China, People's Republic Of China

Hilton Zhongshan Downtown
Address: 16 Zhongshan 3rd Road, Zhongshan, 528400, China
TEL: 86-760-8888 8888
FAX: 86-760-8879 8111

Bars and Pubs

Lan Kwai Fang which has the same name as Hong Kong's, as its name implies, is the best place for you to have a drink in Zhongshan. A number of bars here also take the name of bars in Hong Kong, such as Will Will and Hei Club.

520 Club
Address: G building of Xingye Mansion, Fuhua Road

Peter's Place
Address: No. 39, West Qiguan Road
Opening hours: 18:00 - the next 03:00
Peter's Place serves a variety of western food and German beers and play the best music!

Café

Kimo Coffee
Address: Junxun Square, No.33, Qiguan Xi Road
Bus routes: 006, 042
Opening hours: 09:00 - the next 03:00

Cinema

Zhongshan Cultural and Art Center Movie Palace
Address: the crossing of Xingzhong Road and Bo'ai Road
Bus routes: 050, 213, 216

Zhongshan Jinyi International Cinema
Address: the 5th floor of Daxin Xinduhui, No.2, Daxin South Road, Shiqi District
Cuijing Cultural Center
Address: Cuibao Road, Cuijing Path, West Zone

Shopping:

Zhongken Department Store
Address: No.2, Anlan Road

Holiday Plaza
Address: No.6, Xingzhong Road, Shiqi District
Bus routes: 11A, 11B

Trust-Mart Super Market
Address: No.59, Zhongshan 2nd Road, Shiqi District
Bus routes: 1, 1B, 30, 47, 9, 12, 22

Zhongshan Lihe Plaza
Address: No. 3 Zhongshan Road, Eastern District.
Fengyuan Business Street
Located on Sunwen Middle Road. It is a fashionable girl full of modern vigor and is marked by famous brands and large department stores.

Hospital:

Zhongshan City People's Hospital
Address: No.2, Sunwen Middle Road
Bus routes: No. 1, 002, 003,013,

Zhongshan Bo ai Hospital
Address: No.6, Chenggui Road, Dongqu District
Bus routes: No. 050, 013, 042

Post Office

Address: No.17, Yinhe Street, Dongqu District

Banks

Branches of Bank of China in the city can service foreign currency exchanges for you.

Zhongshan branch: No.18, Zhongshan 3rd Road
Shiqi branch: No.13, Yuelai Middle Road
Sundong branch: No.7, Huabai Road
Huayuan branch: the 8th of No.52, Huayuan Street

Local Specialty

  • Huangpu Cured Meat
  • Shaxi Herbal Tea
  • Shenwan Pineapple
  • Sanxiang Rice Noodle
  • Zhongshan Almond Biscuit

Emergencies Contacts:

  • Police number: 110
  • Hospital emergency number: 120
  • Fire alarm number: 119
  • Traffic number :122

Notes on What to Bring

Medication:
headache medicine, antacid, anti- diarrhea, laxatives, Neosporin

Electrical Appliances and Converters:
Chinese appliances operate on 220 volts. We recommend that you take appliances that have a built-in conversion switch from 110 volts to 220 volts. You will need an adapter, in order to plug your appliance into the wall.

Clothing:
Bring clothing for all types of weather. Plenty of sunshine and rainfall in this landscape gives Zhongshan City a mild climate.
Light jacket, winter coat, Long and short sleeved, shirts, pants and jeans, pajamas, socks, rain jacket, waterproof shoes, umbrella, scarf, comfortable walking shoes.

Important Notice:

For your safety you are suggested to take the following precautions:

  • Take care of your passport, keep it in a safe place in your apartment, and just carry with you a copy.

When you go out take safe transportation, like designated taxi motorbikes wearing the green and yellow waistcoat,

  • Do not take part in illegal activities, such as pornography, gambling, trafficking and drug abuse, so as not to be kidnapped or robed.
  • Do not make illegitimate exchange of foreign currency so as to prevent your money being substituted or robbed.
  • Keep your address safe; DO NOT PROVIDE OR INVITE TO YOUR PLACE PEOPLE YOU JUST HAVE MET

Map of Zhongshan

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Have a great time in China, and even better stay at Bond Language Institute