In recent years the government in China has passed a law requiring all teachers to have at least 2 years of work experience after University. You must be between 22 and 55 years of age to receive a proper working Z visa.
The Chinese government also requires teachers to have at least a 100-hr TEFL certification. Most provincial governments require teachers to have 120-hour certification, so it is really in your best interest to add that extra 20 hours to your certificate if possible!
Our client schools, especially in Beijing and Shanghai have been reporting that local authorities are now turning down TEFL certificates that have ‘online’ stamped anywhere on the certificate. It is in your best interest to either choose an online course that does not have a certificate with ‘online hours’ mentioned on it or do a classroom-based course or a combination course that includes online and classroom hours.
We recommend several TEFL courses on our TEFL page. (TEFL link) These courses are recommended by the schools that we are affiliated with and the teachers we work with.