|The main entrance to Guangxi University, in Nanning, China|
I just finished my first semester at a college within Guangxi University here in Nanning, China, and it was a whirlwind four months. The impression I've gotten of working in Chinese universities is that they can vary greatly, with some jobs being much more demanding than others and the overall quality of the programs being entirely different from place to place. The best way to know what you're getting into is to talk to current and former teachers and look out for blogs, forum posts etc. written by teachers.
In Asian countries, at least those I've lived in so far, things tend to be organized at the last minute more often than not. This was definitely the case with my job this past semester. I actually arrived in China early for visa reasons, at the end of the spring semester and spent a quiet summer mostly exploring Nanning and hanging around my air conditioned apartment. I had plenty of free time then to prepare for the upcoming fall semester, but I was told I would be teaching EFL classes and there wouldn't be much planning necessary.
In mid-August, just a few weeks before the start of the fall term, I received an email informing me that I would be teaching content instead and that the college needed a syllabus and class schedule within about a week. I've never been a content teacher before, so I really had to scramble to put something together. In the end, I taught American Literature as well as Academic Writing for the year two students of my college.