Things to Do in Kunshan, China + ATTRACTIONS + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES. SEE MY TRAVEL ADVENTUReS IN KUNSHAN! | by a FORMER Kunshan Expat
There are 7 major roads you’ll need to familiarize yourself with when living 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.
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Kunshan, China - Hey Kunshan expats! Here is a list of some great websites that can help you during your stay in Kunshan, China. Feel free to browse around and take a look. For the Chinese websites, I suggest you download Google Chrome and enable its "automatically translate" feature. Safe & 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Kunshan has its fair share of gyms spread across the city. Prices vary from gym to gym, but memberships are usually somewhere between 1,800rmb and 3,000rmb for a year. Gym representatives always start off with a high price, such as the usual 2,800rmb 1 year price tag; however, prices are usually up for negotiation. Try shooting for 2,000rmb or less for a year and FULL access to all areas of the gym.
I don’t know exactly all the gyms in Kunshan, but I’ll do the best I can to describe a few popular ones and their locations:
In the event that you have Residence Permit concerns, Visa issues, or have to undergo the Visa Renewal process, you'll probably need to visit these two places:
There are two train stations in Kunshan: Kunshan South Railway Station, for high-speed trains (G & K trains), and Kunshan Railway Station, for slow trains (D Trains).
Most people won't realize the importance of saving emergency numbers into their phone when they move to a new country until they're actually in a desperate situation that calls for it. As a traveler of unfamiliar territory, one of the first things you should do is ensure your safety and establish ways to communicate with your friends, family, and coworkers. So, make sure to save these general emergency numbers of China into your phone:
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 smog 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 Kunshan:
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