It’s time to start thinking about what city you’re going to choose to study in when you come to China. With China being an absolutely massive nation, with nearly 1.4 billion people, there’s a lot to think about when deciding on your new home away from home.
For many people, Kunming is their first choice. Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. The city has a population of 6 million people and is the cultural, political, economic and communications center of the province.
Students, working professionals and retired individuals are flying from all across the world for the chance to study in Kunming.
Kunming has beautiful weather, limited air pollution, a growing population and it’s safe. It sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? We agree… that’s why we call this beautiful city home and hope that you will too.
In this blog post, we share with you why people are choosing Kunming as the city they want to learn Mandarin in.
Spring-Like Weather All Year
When you’re researching for a trip, the first thing you might do is check the weather forecast. You’re more likely going to pack your bags for a city that is full of sunshine, instead of a city that you always need an umbrella for.
Kunming is called the “Spring City of China” due to its weather, which is a huge draw for hopeful Mandarin students. In the city of eternal spring, you can expect temperatures around 20-28 degrees in the summer. Warm and comfortable temperatures will continue throughout the rest of the year.
Bustling Student Population
Yunnan is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in China. Ethnic minorities make up 33.6% of the province’s total population and the numbers are growing with the amount of people arriving in Kunming to study Mandarin.
Did you know that in China more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries come to study Chinese.
Keats Chinese School in Kunming is one of the top Mandarin Chinese language schools and has been steadily growing in student population since it was founded. Every year students travel to China to study at Keats and 40% of those students are returning for another year of studying.
Since 2004, Keats School has helped more than 10,000 students with their Mandarin skills. Schools like Keats offer Culture classes, so students can not only learn Mandarin but can also go home with a better understanding of the Chinese culture.
Low Air Pollution
Air pollution is something that concerns a lot of people who plan to travel to China. Kunming has been named one of the top 5 cities with the least amount of air pollution, so air pollution shouldn’t be your top concern in Kunming.
Kunming’s air quality index usually rests around 42, or good. In comparison, larger cities like Beijing rests around 60, or moderate/unhealthy, LA is 61, NY is 59 and Honolulu, Toronto and Miami all rest around 41.
Never Ending Outdoor Adventures
There is so much to do outside in Kunming. The beautiful scenery, historical structures and colorful folk customs has made Kunming one of the first excellent tourist destination cities in China.
The must-see attractions include:
- The two squares, Jinma Biji Square and Dongfeng Square within the city center
- The Stone Forest World Geopark
- Dongchuan Red Land
- Green Lake Park
- Western Hills
- Yuantong Temple
With the limited air pollution and spring-like temperatures, whenever you’re not studying Mandarin, you will want to be exploring your surroundings. Kunming gives students a unique perspective on life in China, free of excessive Westernization.
Safety is Key
Being safe is of utmost importance while studying abroad. You need to feel comfortable in your new home and your family also needs to feel at ease knowing you’re safe in your new city.
While there is crime in every city, Kunming has an overall low crime index and a very low index when it comes to violent and hate crimes. On the website Numbeo, the level of crime for Kunming is 25/100, or low. Problem violent crimes have a rating of 16/100, or very low, and crimes based on your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion have a rating of 0/100. The worry of being broken into, mugged, robbed or having things stolen is 33/100 or low. According to TripAdvisor, Kunming is a safe travel destination for both male and female travelers.
Working with these statistics, travelers who have been to Kunming have stated on travel forums that the city is safe, comfortable for men and women and they aren’t fearful of crimes.
Becoming a Kunming local will be a new and fulfilling experience. Living in a new city will satisfy your need for travel and your mind will soon become a full Mandarin machine.
When you choose Kunming as the place to study, you will be living and interacting with locals and immersing yourself in the Chinese culture. If Keats is your school of choice, you will be taught by teachers who have comprehensive experience in teaching Chinese.
It’s the city more and more people are calling their abroad home. Will it be yours?