You are in the middle of God's green acre at South China Normal University at Nanhai. The end of the world. You can take the subway to Foshan and bus to the school. The subway service is great; bus service is highly sporadic at best. TianHe to the Foshan on the metro is probaby 30-40 minutes on a good run, even shorter.
Taxis at the gate? You must be kidding. You will need to ORDER a taxi from Foshan and hope that it comes to pick you up. The school is at the end of a long, long cul-de-sac of a road, past a nice lake, past Neusoft Institute of Technology, and a few other things. A taxi to downtown Guangzhou? What exactly do you define as downtown Guangzhou? Xiamen Island? TianHe? It's a city with many little cores. Anyway, South China to TianHe, the last time I did the run it was about RMB 150 - 200, or something like that. Not cheap at all.
Living conditions at the school are just terrible. Just, just terrible. You are given a dormitory room, maybe even two or three, just awful and nothing more than a dormitory room. If you complain, they will upgrade you to two dormitory rooms. Really awful.
I wonder if Frankie C. is still their pointman in the FAO for recruiting. He gave new meaning to the word "dishonest".
That is ONLY the Nanhai campus however.
If you can land a job at the real South China Normal University in TianHe, that would be great for you. Beautiful campus, central to everything but wages on the low side compared to this place.
Anyway, if you want the feel of a labor camp in Siberia, then please go to work for this branch of SCNU. Otherwise, run.