Qingdao is the largest city in the Shandong province of China. It is a pretty coastal city and also an important port in north China. You may find this city looks familiar because there are lots of European style buildings in Qingdao, mainly categorized as German-style buildings. When thinking about travelling over for an immersive Mandarin study, is Qingdao an ideal option on your list? Which city is a better destination for you to learn Chinese besides Qingdao?
What’s the history of Qingdao city?
Qingdao city has a superior geographical condition and profound cultural connotations.
Germany was established in 1871. It began to rush to obtain a port in the Far Eastern area. This port needs to have the dual functions of a military base and communication centre for commercial transportation and can serve as a starting point for expansion in China. For this reason, Germany has repeatedly sent its colonial bureau chief and economic geologist Lich Hofen to investigate the coastal region of China. Finally, he decided to choose Qingdao, which is located next to Jiaozhou Bay.
During the time it became a German colony, Qingdao was re-planned and rebuilt. That’s the reason why you can see lots of Western-style building here rather than traditional Chinese buildings. Since 1908, Qingdao has become an independent trade centre that can directly communicate with other countries. Import and export goods are no longer dependent on the Shanghai port and other places for re-export. It became one of the important trading ports back to the time.
Later, because of the war between Germany and Japan, Qingdao also had a history as a Japanese colony. During the colonial period, the light industry developed rapidly. With the outbreak of the May Fourth Movement and the fall of the Qing Dynasty, Qingdao finally broke away from its colonial status.
This special history has made Qingdao an inclusive and annexed city, full of the collision and interweaving of different cultural elements between China and the West.
In addition to the profound history, Qingdao city is also famous for its local beer industry. Qingdao beer, the reputable brand named Tsingtao Brewery, is brewed with high-quality barley, rice, high-quality hops, moderately soft and hard, clean and luscious Laoshan mountain mineral water. Its predecessor was the German Beer Company Qingdao Joint Stock Company, which was established in Qingdao by a German businessman and a British businessman in August 1903. You cannot miss this drinking experience when lean Chinese in Qingdao
How is the climate of Qingdao?
The typical climate of Qingdao is the temperate monsoon climate.
Qingdao is located in the monsoon region of the northern temperate zone, with a temperate monsoon climate. Due to the direct adjustment of the marine environment, the urban area is affected by the southeast monsoon from the ocean currents, so it also has significant maritime climate characteristics.
The air here in Qingdao is humid, with abundant rainfall and moderate temperature (not in summer). The temperature rises slowly here in the spring season; in summer, the weather here will be humid, hot and rainy; there is less rainfall in fall and the temperature is getting lower too; Wind here in winter is quite strong and the temperature is quite low too, which will last for a long time.
The high humidity would be a problem when living in Qingdao. It means your laundry will never dry out naturally. Your food cannot be preserved for a long time and it is easy to find rotten stuff in some neglected corners.
The climate of Qingdao is neither the mildest one nor the most comfortable one you can enjoy in China. If you’re looking for a city in China that has the best climate that you can get rid of the air conditioner in summer, then you should go to the so-called “Eternal Spring City” – Kunming.
Is it economical to study in Qingdao?
How to save money while studying in China? Choosing an economical place to study! Is Qingdao an economical place to stay?
The daily expense of living in Qingdao is relatively high. Even local inhabitants will leave this city to seek a more economical place to stay. This situation may be caused by its under-developed economy condition and also the high commodity price due to its status as an essential international trading port. It has close communication with the neighbour countries such as South Korean and Japan, which attracts more commercial opportunities and also tourists for this area. As a touring destination, you cannot expect economical living budgets here. If you still want to stay at Qingdao, you’d better learn some ways of saving money when study abroad. Or you could prepare more saving to support your life here.
Why you should choose Kunming instead of Qingdao?
Why Kunming city is a better place for you to learn the Chinese language in China? Not only because of its outstanding natural environment and budget-friendly living price, but also the best learning resource you can have here. The biggest and the best Chinese language school, Keats School, headquartered exactly in Kunming.
By learning with Keats School, you can enjoy a good living environment and condition. Your tuition fee here can almost cover all daily expense you can think about, your three meals, accommodation, free access to various facilities of the school, entertainment events and activities, cultural experiencing and learning, language exchange and weekend excursion.
The innovative teaching methods and experienced qualified native teacher can help you learn Chinese Mandarin at a good pace and lay a solid foundation for your future learning even when you’re back home.
Besides learning the language, you can also enjoy the most abundant touring resources by studying in Kunming. Yunnan province, where Kunming located, is the most famous touring province in China. A lot of Chinese people take Yunnan as a touring paradise as well. Because Yunnan boasts the unique geographical features that created the amazing landscape and natural touring attractions. Plus the colourful ethnic minority groups culture here in Yunnan, a mysterious and poetic picture is interweaved and you would not find the same experience in other places in China.
Travelling in Yunnan, you will obtain an unforgettable memory lasting for a lifetime.
Kunming is also an ideal base for exploring in the south-eastern Asian or other south China provinces such as Guangdong, Hongkong, Macau and Fujian.
When thinking about learning Chinese in China, Kunming is no doubt your best option, and the Keats Mandarin Community should also be your first choice when selecting an outstanding language school for immersion language study.