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Looking to Eat Chinese Traditional Cuisine? Well, Try Munching on Aozao Noodles in Kunshan | Restaurants in Kunshan, China
Kunshan is renown for its Aozao, or, “amazing stove” noodles, which are thin noodle strands served with oily broth and a choice of pork, duck, fish, or vegetables. With such a unique and amusing story as to how the noodles became so widely popular, people across China flock to the city just to get a taste of the historically rich food that they’ve heard so much about. And you can too!
Is This the Future? Robots Cook & Serve Up Food at Robot Restaurant in Kunshan | Things To Do in Kunshan, China
Kunshan’s Robot Restaurant is just one of many family-friendly stops everyone should try at least once during their stay in Kunshan. From the very moment that visitors arrive at its doors, robots, big and small, resembling Transformers Autobots, are there to greet and entertain.
Looking for a fun leisure activity to partake in while in Kunshan? How about trying out some bowling!? There are 2 locations for bowling in Kunshan; let's take a lot at them:
Kunshan Stadium is a sports and leisure facility located at Kunshan Sports Center in the West of Kunshan, right across from Forest Park.
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.
Tinglin Park is located at the only hill in Kunshan. It is a fantastic place for leisure activities and to check out many awesome things.
Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town, known as the “Venice of the East,” is renown throughout China. Located in the southeast region of Kunshan, the town withholds an AAAAA classification by the China National Tourism Association for its well-preserved ancient buildings amid beautiful, narrow canals.
Jinxi Ancient Water Town is another famous old town south of Kunshan. Just a 45-minute bus ride from Kunshan South Station, the water town is less crowded and offers more of a scenic atmosphere for tourists while straying away from the growing commercialism of Zhouzhuang, Kunshan’s most popular ancient town.
Jianhang Tai Chi Water Village is one of Kunshan’s lesser-known water towns and scenic attractions. There you’ll find a boatload of fairly old and semi-modern houses spread out around small ponds and large lakes.
Huiju Temple is a massive cultural & historical complex housing several temples and dozens of statues of Buddhist deities. Located on the Eastside of the Kunshan and just north of the Kunshan Convention & Exhibition Center, I find it surprising that the Huiju Temple hasn't been relished as one of the top attractions throughout the city.
Hairy Crab, Picnics, Natural Scenery & Leisure @ Kunshan's Yangcheng Lake | Things to Do in Kunshan, China
Beautiful sunsets. Picnics. Weddings. Natural scenery and mouthwatering hairy crab. If you've yet to pay a visit to Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan, China, then you're missing out on quite the ensemble of fantastic dining, remarkable views, and leisurely fun.
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!
Kun Square 21st Century Jiangnan Aqua City is just one of the latest malls to open their doors in Kunshan, China. Situated directly across from Kunshan Railway Station and about 15 minutes walking distance from Kunshan South Railway Station, the mall is equipped with a wide array of shops, restaurants, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, bowling alley, and much more.
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.
One of the most fun things I’ve liked to do during my stay in Kunshan over the years is try out new restaurants across the city. Whether Chinese, Western, Indian, Malaysian, you name it, I always made an effort to take advantage of being in close proximity of so many different delicious cuisines. Furthermore, I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed trying out the savory dishes at buffet restaurants. After all, all you can eat lunches and dinners never grow old. And since I like sharing my discoveries with the expat community residing in town, here’s my list of 5 buffet restaurants you should try in Kunshan, China:
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.
Marco Polo Café, located at the Lamborghini Hotel beside Parkson Plaza, is a great eatery to visit if you’re looking to dish out some extra bucks to dine in an upscale environment. The café offers a wide selection of seafood alongside Asian and Western cuisine, and even won the 2015 China Restaurant Award for Best Western Restaurant.
Swissotel’s dinner buffet is a great place to dine-out if you favor the all-you-can-stuff-down style of eateries. The restaurant not only provides a wide assortment of cuisines, which many includes seafood, Chinese, barbecue, breads and desserts, but also offers a cozy and elegant dining atmosphere for guests to comfortable enjoy their meals.
Kunshan’s 9 Square mall, located at the intersection of Xiaolin Road and Zizhu Road, is just one of the newly opened shopping centers popping up all over Kunshan.
I’ve only managed to cycle around Kunshan a dozen or so times since I received my first Giant bike a little over a year ago. Most of the time those ‘expenditures’ have just been to and from work, along with an occasional late night trip to the McDonald’s on Beimen Road. Additionally, I’ve went on a few solo and group outings to the far reaches of Kunshan, including Taicang, Yangcheng Lake, and Suzhou.
I had the chance to check out the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival in Kunshan, China in the evening of September 29th, 2015. For one, the event is a remarkable sight to see and a good opportunity to catch an up close and personal look at one of China’s rich cultural and historical traditions; after all, around this time, you’ll find many people heading home to visit their family and friends, exchanging gifts, preparing decorations, sending lanterns off into the sky, and snacking on mooncakes at every turn.
I’ve always been a fan of Japanese Anime for as long as I can remember; my favorites being classic series like Dragonball Z, Street Fighter, and hell, why not even throw Pokemon in the mix! I was heading home from work in the Shimao area on October 25th, 2015 when I caught wind of another unadvertised-to-the-English-speaking-expat-population-in-Kunshan event going on at the Kunshan Convention & Exhibition Center. There were numerous groups of locals heading into the building that were cloaked in everything from bright, neon colored wigs, fishnet stockings, and lengthy wardrobes to maid uniforms and full Halloween-esque costumes equipped with prop swords. You guessed it; it was a cosplay event.
Kunshan is notorious for its ancient water towns. There's Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town, which is perhaps the most popular, Jinxi, and Qiandeng.
I've had many interesting experiences during my time in China, ranging from the good, the bad, and the ugly. There have been times where I've cursed out the world and felt that I needed to hop on the next flight out of the country. Then there have been other magnificent occasions where I've felt happy enough to proclaim China as my second home. One of those particular instances occurred during 2015 National Holiday week.
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