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It's holiday time in China, you're in Shanghai, and looking for the best attractions and places to visit nearby. I know—you haven't got a clue about where to go, what to see, or what to do. Here's my list of 10+ top things to do and places to see near Shanghai:
Kunshan Vs. Shanghai: Which City is Better For Newcomers to China?
Shanghai or 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.
Let's keep it real: Kunshan can be BORING at times, am I right? Well, that's why you should invest in a pet. I myself bought a pet dog in Kunshan a few years back, and I tell ya' it was one of the best decisions I had ever made.
How ironic: I got my e-bike stolen on my very last day of work, and to add icing on the cake, I found out just minutes before my colleagues would throw me a surprise party.
There are 7 major roads you’ll need to familiarize yourself with when living in Kunshan. Luckily Kunshan is fairly easy to navigate and it’s guaranteed that you’ll run into these roads. They’re all located within a short span of each other and inside Kunshan’s city center.
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 cool places and things to do in Kunshan that are great for a well-planned date or spur of the moment adventure.
New to renting an apartment in Kunshan? Well, check out some very important tips about what to expect!
Living and working in Kunshan, China? Looking for things to do in the city? Well, check out my list of websites covering facts, news, and attractions not just in Kunshan but in nearby cities as well!
[READ] My Interview With a Chinese English Language Teacher
I had the opportunity to interview Jill, a Chinese woman—also my colleague--teaching English to young children in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. During our conversation we covered a number of hot topics such as studying English, teaching English, and what it's like to get married in China. Scroll down for a complete transcript!
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:
What it's Like Catching Star Wars: the Force Awakens in China
I can’t believe I had to wait a full 22 days for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to hit theaters across China. In just a few days after its release in America, the internet was flooded with film reviews, spoilers, box office stats, and comments about the film that only managed to amplify my desire to see the movie.
You ever walk around Kunshan and noticed that the majority of trees around the city are covered with white paint at their base? Well, you can count on Don’s ESL Adventure to tell you why!
I can’t help but reminisce on all of the good, the bad, and ugly experiences I’ve have during my time in China. Seriously, it’s been one hell of an adventure over the past 4 years.
For all you avid photographers out there in Kunshan—including the Instagram crazy ones, too--here’s my list of the top 6 places to capture the best shots of the city. Enjoy!
Chongyuan Temple: What it's Like Unearthing China's Dope Sh** By Surprise
China is full of some dope sh**. Seriously. And having lived as an expat in the country for some years now, I've found that the best things and experiences usually come about by complete surprise.
Dragonball Z. Street Fighter. Pokemon. I’ve been a fan of Japanese cartoons for as long as I can remember, which is why it would have been an insanely dumb decision to not hit my first ever anime event in China.
It was October 3rd--Golden Week in China—and with my girlfriend having gone home for the holidays I decided to hop on my fully charged electric scooter bike and set off on a long adventure across Kunshan to explore Yangcheng Lake.
ESL Teacher, traveler, and ... TV star? That's right! Well, sort of. Back in the summer of 2012 I worked as an extra in a popular Chinese television series about Bruce Lee’s martial arts master Yip, better known as Ip Man. How awesome is that!?
Lost & Found: How Losing My Wallet in Kunshan Led to Brief Superstar Status in the City
I was less than a year into China when I lost my wallet in Kunshan. I withdrew 1,000RMB from an ATM, rode my bike home, locked it, reached into my pocket and realized that my wallet was gone. Womp.
Kunshan is loaded with parks in every direction. And whether a newbie to the city, short-term visitor, or long-standing dweller, it’s always important to step away from the hustle and bustle, relax, and stop and smell the roses every once and awhile. Let’s take a look at the major parks that Kunshan has to offer:
11 Things to Do in Kunshan When Introducing "Newbies" to the City
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.
You Want to See a Cool Chinese Temple? Well Check Out Kunshan's Huiju Temple!
You want to see a cool and authentic Chinese Temple? One that you can take enough Instagram pics of to last for a week? Well then you need to check out Huiju Temple in Kunshan!
Wondering how to get to Shanghai's airports from Kunshan? Well, let's take a look!
Zhouzhuang. Jinxi. Qiandeng. Sound familiar? Well they should; after all, they're the top 3 ancient water towns you should visit in Kunshan. Here's what you can expect at each:
How about the weather in Kunshan anyways? Kunshan's weather is never really stable, except for in the summer when you can rest assure that everyday will be scorching hot. There is a fair share of pollution on occasion, but you won't be exposed to the thick blankets of smoke that cities such as Shanghai and Beijing often endure. Here's what you can expect in regards to the weather in Kunshan: