For example when I first moved to China I had just obtained a TESL certificate but I had no experience and no degree completed and I started making over $1,000 USD a month here, my apartment was provided for me free of charge, rent was paid for me by my school, utilities were paid by my school, even my internet and wi-fi were set up and paid for by my school. On top of all that I could eat up to three free meals a day at my school "which was actually pretty decent food" weekdays. That left literally ALL of my income for whatever I want, When I went out on evenings and weekends I felt like I was living large and spending a lot going to bars, restaurants, exploring tourist destinations, shopping, and more when it reality after checking my bank account periodically I was still saving the majority of each paycheck. Keep in mind that my starting salary was much below average for a foreign English teacher but it was a great start for me and its easy to move up to higher paying jobs. Those perks don't only apply to teachers either. I know other people on internships or working for international companies abroad in China who are also provided with similar perks and nice salaries. Not everywhere is the same but you can expect something similar to that.
Maybe you are still things a few thousand bucks a month is nothing, but when you do go out to spend your own money you will realize most things are surprisingly cheap compared to the west. One of my favorite local restaurants provides me with a large bowl of steamed or boiled dumplings for about 50 cents, another great noodle place is even cheaper than that, or you can get a whole feast of meat and vegetables at a hot pot for a few dollars a person. Street BBQ places late at night are my favorite night snack selling everything on skewers for a few cents a skewer. Some bars and western restaurants can get expensive for Asian standards and Asian salaries, but still are still cheaper than their western counterparts. Transportation is cheap too, with 2 or 3 dollars a week I could take the subways and buses all over the city more times than I can count with my rechargeable city transportation card. I even frequently splurge on taxis, and here in Chengdu that so called splurge is anywhere from 2 to 10 dollars to go literally anywhere, from anywhere in the city limits. Smaller towns are even cheaper.
People are Friendly and Happy
Walking through the city you will notice stares everyday and the occasional point and giggles. People will talk to you and ask you all kinds of questions. Sometimes if I went for a quick bite at a local restaurant or street food place and minutes later had people come sit with me and ask me all kinds of questions. You can expect a lot of "Where are you from?", "Why are you here?", "Do you like it here?", "Do you speak our language?", "What is it like where you live?", "Do you have ____ where you are from?" and so on. Most people I have met around Asia have no problem asking questions westerners find too personal or even very offensive, so don't get upset and realize they don't mean anything bad by it, they and are just curious and being friendly. I have also been offered free food, souvenirs, tour guides, language lessons, and more from people at places I frequented or people I had conversations with around town.
As you talk to and meet more and more people you will realize most of them are truly happy and have a positive or hopeful view of life. A young waitress at my favorite noodle shop worked at least 12 hours every day and I never once saw her without a smile on her face, when I talked to her she told me about her strict family life, long hours, and relatively low pay but never complained about any of these things. She said she had a happy life and and never had a reason to be upset, she still had an active social life on her phone she explained and was excited for what the future held for her. I often saw older people on the street smiling and laughing, having drinks, and playing cards or mahjong who would talk to me and invite me to play with them when they noticed me walking by. People I met regularly invited me to go sing karaoke with them even though I am the most terrible singer ever. This behavior can be seen everywhere you go and often still surprises me. So keep an open mind and a positive attitude and it will take you far.
Always Exciting, Never Boring
When the sun goes down the night markets and night street food places open up too. The street market alley by my house is a completely different place at night than it was earlier in the day, almost unrecognizable. There always meals and snacks to be had any time of day or night. You will also see some hilarious and insane things at night, usually the later it gets the more interesting it gets. An angry girlfriend might be throwing her shoes at her boyfriend or a drunk man in pajama pants and no shirt might be walking his cat down the street. So as long as you are willing to get out there, there is always something to see.