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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
So, back in the late summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to work as an extra in a popular Chinese television series about Bruce Lee’s martial arts master, Yip, or, Ip Man. One day, a friend of mine had gave me a ring and expressed that an associate of his was looking to cast 3 foreigners in the TV flick. They’d pick us up in vans, we’d shoot the scenes for a while, and that’s literally all we knew. But who could turn down an offer like that, especially when you’re an adventurous newbie to the country?
So, the story goes: Only a few months into China, I was near Tinglin Road in Kunshan and I had just withdrew 1,000RMB from an ATM for an upcoming trip. I rode my green public bike home, placed the bike into a rack, and reached into my pocket to pull out my Public Bike Card, but realized that my wallet was gone. I'd back track several dozen meters to search for it, but it was no where in sight.
Bacheng's Dream of Water Park is a fun filled adventure if you're looking to make your way out of Kunshan and enjoy a nice hot summer's day drenched in water.
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