The classes were larger than you might be used to and the practice in their Chinese classes is to "force feed" them like a stuffed goose but in the English classes it did look like you might expect in your class in the west.
I did get a kick of the students who were charged with greeting teachers. They wore a red sash and when teachers walked by on the way to class they were greeted with a welcome teacher in a loud and clear voice. At first I thought it was only two students following us around at every entrance but I learned that students took turns with this duty and were responsible for a two hours a day once a year.
I imagine if you were teaching in China and wanted to have a week-end away in another part of China it would be very easy to get there by train and then subways. In Toronto, where I am from, if you took the longest subway ride you could take it might last 30 minutes, In Beijing and Shanghai they have at least seventeen lines each and you could literally be on the subway for days without ever passing the same stop twice. It was very impressive and the people on the subways were all well behaved and polite. They all offered me a seat ( which probably means I look old) but were very courteous nevertheless.
The only time we had trouble with planes not running on time was with planes coming in and out of Shanghai because the airport is so busy, but the terminal itself is well ordered and functions well. It is easy to take a taxi, train, or bus from the airport to wherever you want to gol
Even though the pace of life seems hectic with Chinese people seemingly driven to accomplish so much, there are many places to just chill out and relax.