Things to Do in Kunshan, China + ATTRACTIONS + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES. SEE MY TRAVEL ADVENTUReS IN KUNSHAN! | by a FORMER Kunshan Expat
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.
How ironic: I got my e-bike stolen on my very last day of work at Shimao Plaza in Kunshan, 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.
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!
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.
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!
Hey Kunshan expats! By now I’m sure most of you all have experienced a night out at a KTV in the city. Aren’t they a blast!? I’m sure you’ll be back out at a KTV in no time, and if you’re like me, you’ll most likely find yourself in front of the computer screen and forgetting all of your most favorite artists and songs. With that, I’ve compiled a list of popular artists covering 4 genres and that you can always refer to when it’s your time to DJ the night.
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.”
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
It’s always good to get out of Kunshan for a bit and explore larger nearby cities such as Suzhou and Shanghai. With that, you’ll need to plan ahead and figure out which attractions are best to explore, what events are going on, and the most highly recommend places to eat, have a drink, party, you name it. So, here’s a list of popular and resourceful WeChat Official Subscription Accounts that every expat in Kunshan, China should subscribe to if you want to know more about Shanghai:
Hey guys, in my newest series I had a chance to interview Jill, a Chinese women teaching English to young children in Kunshan, China. During the interview I had a chance to capture Jill’s opinion on topics including the process of learning English in China, as well as marriage in China. Scroll down below for a complete transcript of my interview!
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:
I can’t believe I had to wait a full 22 days for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to hit theatres across China. A few days after its release in America, the internet was flooded with endless film reviews, spoilers, box office stats, and posts about the film that only managed to amplify my desire to see the movie. In addition, I caught wind of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ads everywhere across Chinese websites, subway stations in Shanghai, and bus stops scattered throughout Kunshan, the city in which I lived.
Have you ever walked around Kunshan and noticed that the majority of trees scattered throughout the city are covered with white paint at their base? Well, you can count on Don’s ESL Adventure to tell you why! According to my local Chinese friend and a bit of research, the white paint is used to protect trees’ bark and prevent insect infestation.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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