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Shanghai vs. Kunshan; I know, it's a difficult choice to make, especially considering that both cities are vastly different but lie within a few minutes train ride from each other.
I had bought a pet dog in Kunshan a few years back. At the time I wasn't even looking for the extra company but after tagging along with some friends to the pet and flower market along Bailu Road I ended up with a black and white puppy that was only a few weeks old.
There are 7 major roads you’ll need to familiarize yourself with when living in Kunshan.
Duke Kunshan University is the result of what happens when China's Wuhan University, located in Wuhan, Hebei Province, and America's Duke University of North Carolina, merge forces to create a world class institute of higher learning in Kunshan.
One of the best things about living and working in Kunshan is being able to receive more 'bang' for your 'buck'; that is, your money can go a lot further because of the city's low cost of living.
A place for newbies, visitors, and long-time dwellers in Kunshan to exchange info, start discussions, share experiences and ask important questions.
Kunshan, China - Hey Kunshan expats! Looking for things to do in China during this upcoming National Holiday week? Well, look no further! I've compiled a brief list of top places and attractions to check out in China. The descriptions are short, so take it upon yourselves to do the research. I'm trying my best to write articles of every one of my travels so bear with me. Safe and happy travels!
One of the toughest things about moving to Kunshan, or China in general, is arriving at your hotel or apartment and finding out that access to much of the beloved social and entertainment websites and apps found in the West, including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Play Store, and Youtube, just to name a few, are blocked by China’s “Great Firewall.”
There are two train stations in Kunshan: Kunshan South Railway Station, for high-speed trains (G & D trains), and Kunshan Railway Station for slow trains (K Trains). If you're looking to experience an "authentic" Chinese, cross-country travel experience by old-fashion train, Kunshan Railway is where you'll want to hop on board.
Kunshan South Railway Station lies on the Shanghai to Nanjing Intercity Railway line. The major stops are: Shanghai, Shanghai Hongqiao, Kunshan, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang and Nanjing.
Taxis in Kunshan, China start at 10rmb and increase by 1rmb after 3.3km. They are either yellow or maroon. Taxis with different colors, such as green or blue, that you may see around town are from different cities.
Kunshan's long-distance coach station is just south of Kunshan South Station if you continue down Bailu Road and cross the bridge. It's directly across the entertainment city that houses Jinyi Cinemas.
When settling down in Kunshan, any and everyone will tell you to download QQ and Wechat for your phone as soon as you get yourself situated. After all, with popular Western social media websites and apps like Facebook and Twitter blocked across the mainland, QQ and WeChat have grown to dominate the landscape and serve as lifelines for many of those expats looking to connect with their family and friends on a frequent basis
Hey guys, did you know that the Kunshan government keeps a copy of your salary and tax information in storage, and that it’s available to you free of charge? Here’s how you can collect your info:
As I sit and punch in letters on my keyboard on this 14th day of December 2015, I can’t help but reminisce on all of the good, the bad, and ugly experiences I’ve have during my time in China. It’s certainly been an interesting adventure over the past 4 years; after all, I’ve met and made friends with people from all across the world, picked up some Mandarin, traveled to numerous tourist destinations in-and-around the country, taught hundreds of students, been on the local news, ‘starred’ in a local TV series, been in a stable relationship for over 2.5 years, learned MMA, and have been called “wai gou ren” nearly 1 million times and counting.
Planning to move to Kunshan, China? Great, but before you pack your bags and board a plane, have you spent enough time thinking about the best ways to contact your family and friends from back home while you’re here? Well, in case you’ve yet to do so, the first thing you’ll need to know is that most of the popular social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are blocked by China’s Great Firewall and can only be accessed via VPN.
For all you avid photographers out there—including those that simply like taking photos of Kunshan to share with family and friends back home—here’s my list of top 6 destinations for capturing the best shots of life in the city.
For those of you Kunshan expats that are involved in relationships, looking to impress a potential boyfriend or girlfriend, or simply wondering where to celebrate a birthday or Valentine’s Day with a special someone, here’s a list of places and things to do that are great for a well-planned date or spur of the moment adventure. Let’s take a look:
When settling down in Kunshan, any and everyone will tell you to download QQ and Wechat for your phone as soon as you get yourself situated. After all, with popular Western social media websites and apps like Facebook and Twitter blocked across the mainland, QQ and WeChat have grown to dominate the landscape and serve as lifelines for many of those expats loking to connect with their family and friends on a frequent basis.
As a prospective ESL Teacher it's important to make sure that your journey to your new home in Kunshan is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Are you in the process of moving to Kunshan, China and wondering about the best area to work and live? Well, don’t worry; give yourself a pat on the back because you are absolutely a normal person with genuine concerns. After all, it's important for anyone to know as much of a city as they can before choosing the right organization to work for or the best place to settle down in. With that in mind, I've jotted a few notes about what you can expect in 5 different regions: the East, West, South, North, and downtown areas of Kunshan, China:
Moving and settling into Kunshan can be a daunting process if you’ve failed to check up on any necessary items that you should bring before heading to China. The worst thing anyone should do is assume that anything you’ll need, including food items, supplies, clothing and accessories, will be readily available at your fingertips.
In addition to the colorful 3D Map of Kunshan posted in my previous blog, I've recently discovered that China's Tencent also provides a Google-styled map that consists of a terrain view, satellite view, and 3-dimensional street view feature.
So, in light of the red-alert "typhoon" Kunshan was to supposed to experience this past week, I've decided that it would be great to share a few tips about things you can still enjoy indoors in spite of the dismal times when rainfall pours over the city. Take a look:
Whether you’ve been living in Kunshan for a while and have decided to finally invite your friends and family from back home to come and visit you, or have just been introduced to a new colleague that’s a first-timer in China, you’ll need to know some places to explore around Kunshan to get your “newbie” acquainted with the city and Chinese culture. Here’s a list of things to do and must-see places to visit when introducing your family, friends, or coworkers to Kunshan, China.
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