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ancient water towns
These scenic attractions are a sure way to catch a glimpse into China’s rich history and culture, which is perfect for a “newbie” whose just arrived in one of the world’s oldest nations for the first time. Furthermore, each site is fairly easy to reach by bus, and the ride there offers new and interesting views of Kunshan’s landscape.
tai-chi & square dancing
Likewise, an amazing, traditional activity that I had never been exposed to before I came to China was square dancing; that is, the daily evening event where masses of middle-aged to elderly women (and men) gather together to perform dance routines in public spaces. I was absolutely blown away when I laid eyes upon the sheer number of people at Kunshan Citizen’s Park “boogieing down” to loud music in accord. There had been nothing like that in the States, and nor did I think that an idea like square dancing even existed. With that in mind, I’m sure I’m not the only one to do so. Make sure to invite your “newbie” to a square dancing gathering; it will blow their socks off!
Tinglin Park is a great place for introducing “newbies” to the wonderful world of Chinese parks, which are typically highly decorative, extraordinarily serene, and overflowing with “feng shui.”
KTVs are located on just about every block in Kunshan, but try heading over to the Freeport KTV at Parkson Plaza. They have a great selection of popular English tunes to choose from.
I couldn’t believe it. One of my favorite hobbies was looking at films, and here I was in a DVD store filled with disc that were only a $1, and television show seasons that were only $3 a piece, of which would have cost me, at minimum, $20 in the US. I was in heaven, and surely any “newbie” to Kunshan will undoubtedly feel the same.
If you're interested, try heading to 44 Huanghe Road!
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The Lingshan Grand Buddha in Wuxi is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, standing over 88 meters high and weighing 700 tons. And, though its sheer size alone is enough to dazzle any spectator, it’s the fact that the statue is strategically set in front of a lush green, picturesque mountain range that helps enhance the monument’s overall mysticism and appeal. I’d consider this attraction if you’d like for your “newbie” to experience some of China’s cultural and historical landmarks.
On the other hand, if you’re interested in showing your “newbie” one of China’s most modern and architecturally sound regions, then make sure to head over to the Bund area in Shanghai where they’ll be able to catch sight of the towering, LED riddled skyscrapers across the Huangpu River in Lujiazui, one of country’s most powerful finance and trade zones. A trip to the area is sure to challenge any “newbie’s” thoughts regarding the “ancient and less developed” China image that they may have ingrained in their head.