You're a fine poster but first decisions should be based on what folks want to do rather than "WHERE".
No doubt. But I've spend a lifetime trying to answer my own formative questions: Who am I? How should I live?
I would not presume to attempt to answer those questions for anyone else.
My post was an attempt to aid new FTs in locating Language School jobs without the use of a recruiter. Working in 3rd Tier cities in China and rural areas is certainly an amazing experience, one that I myself have enjoyed. It is, however, difficult to find information online about these thousands of areas and even more difficult to credentialize the information.
I don't think there is anything wrong with first setting foot in China in Qinghai and venturing into a distant city to teach. I simply don't know how to advise a new FT who 'wants to do' his teaching in those regions to locate and evaluate those positions and locations.
I can only advise him not to believe anything that a recruiter tells him about the position, the school, and area.