Don't ever listen to the recruiters, they are rude, unhelpful and forget that you were even there. They said come to China we will get you your work visa. So I came and no work visa. I leave now with $3,000 less than when I started with. I was left at the train station. They said they prepared long and hard for the apartment they gave me. The apartment had black walls and black floor and a squat pot. I wasn't the only teacher they did this to. Avoid any schools in Shaoyang if you want to be isolated and ripped off. The cops here even tell you not to go out at night, because of the violence. One teacher had his computer stolen. Also, good luck with the water and the pollution.