As a teacher you have quite a built in advantage here in China. Teachers can earn anything from $1,500 –$4,000 per month. There are also plenty other benefits like free housing, free meals and 1-2 months of PAID vacation. China is a huge and varied country; the highest earning individuals are in the biggest cities and of course this is where the highest expenses are.
The apartment you choose to live in will ultimately affect every part of your cost of living. If you travel by subway to work you can pay .50 cents each way for the subway. Or you can spend $2 ($2 for the first 1&1/2 miles) or more on a cab ride. Yes, Uber is available.
A basic guide to go off of for apartment cost is:
Other costs you'll encounter:
These are just a few examples of expenses you may come across while living and teaching in China. Moral of the story is by working with Teaching Nomad you are guaranteed to get a position that will pay you enough to live well, save money, pay off debts or any combination.