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Learn Chinese in Xiamen

Xiamen is a picturesque port city located on the south-eastern coast of Fujian Province. Though it is not the capital city of the province, it is attractive to lots of Mandarin learner as a learning destination. Its history can date back to the 14th-century Ming dynasty trade centre. However, are these enough to approve Xiamen an ideal city to learn Chinese in China? I would say Kunming is a better option for your learning journey here. Let’s make some comparisons between these two cities in the following content.

Kunming VS Xiamen

Round 1: Weather

As mentioned previously, Xiamen city is a coastal city located in the subtropical area, therefore, the dominant climate of this city is monsoonal humid subtropical. Though it indicates that you can enjoy some warm and mild days in wintertime, it also indicates the summer here will be hot and humid and there is also a big chance of suffering from typhoon at the same time, for Xiamen city is prone to a typhoon from the air current from the Pacific Ocean. It’s not rare to see news about death and damage due to the extreme weather every year.

As to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, it has absolutely no such kind of problem. The climate of Yunnan is different in different regions and the dominant climate in Kunming is Low-latitude subtropical-plateau mountain monsoon climate. Kunming city is known as the “Eternal Spring City” for its mild and spring-like weather throughout the whole year, though you can still sense the differences among four seasons, it won’t be too obvious. The wintertime here is also lovely and warm, even the seagulls from the Siberia are immigrant to Kunming every winter to enjoy some warm with locals.      

Round 2: Living cost

Though Xiamen is not the capital city of Fujian province, the living cost here is almost as equal as the Top-tier cities in China and it’s mainly because of its developed touring industry. As you can imagine, a breath-taking pretty island city must also be a very popular destination for touring. Even though local people live a life at a slow pace, the cost of living is considerably high due to the touring business.

While learning in Kunming city, at Keats School, you would save a lot of money from the low cost of living. Your tuition fee includes your accommodation and three meals per day plus other free facilities and entertainment events organised by the school. It almost covers every expense you can think about during your learning here.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LEARN CHINESE IN CHINA

Round 3: Dialect Impact

Living and studying in Xiamen, you will have to face another problem that is the impact of its dialect. You might have heard that there are dozens of regional dialects in China. And the dialect of Xiamen is Minnan dialect, which is considered as one of the most difficult ones to understand even by Chinese people from other provinces.

However, if you‘re learning Chinese in Kunming city, you will not have this problem. Because the Kunming dialect belongs to the northern dialects family, which means it’s very similar to the Mandarin, the official language of China, which is also originated and developed from the northern dialects.

Except for that, locals in Kunming speak less English than residence in Xiamen. Different from the most famous touring city Xiamen, it’s easier for you to get a chance of practising your Mandarin skills outside of school in Kunming city. 

Dialect can have a huge impact on your language learning, especially when you try to benefit more from an immersive language program.  

Round 4: Language School

The only famous language learning resources in Xiamen is Xiamen University. However, if you intend to master a language practically rather than get a degree or have some academic achievement, a professional private language school is far better than a public university.

WHY PICK A LANGUAGE SCHOOL INSTEAD OF A UNIVERSITY

In Kunming, you will have the chance to study with the best and biggest Chinese language school in China. Keats School, as the most reputable private language school in China, has accumulated its profession and set a strong community of Chinese language learning. You can not only enjoy language learning here but also make friends with other Mandarin learners that come from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Round 5: Cultural experience

It is not easy to get too much cultural experience in a modern Chinese city like Xiamen, especially when it’s more famous as a touring island city.

While in Kunming, you will have plenty of chance to experience diverse cultures of different ethnic minority groups. Because Yunnan is the home of 25 ethnic minority groups which is also rare even in China. You won’t have the same opportunity to see and experience the most authentic part of Chinese culture like this in any other part of China.

Check out the 10 DISHES YOU MUST TRY WHEN YOU LEARN CHINESE IN KUNMING. Most of the dishes are from the ethnic minority cuisines.

Besides the ethnic minority group cultures here, Kunming city is also a laid-back modern city of China, which better preserve the authentic living style of the Chinese family. 

Round 6: More touring resources

Kunming city is not only the capital city of Yunnan but also the transportation hub to the south-eastern Asian. Lots of international students will take Kunming city as their base in China, so they can easily approach to the tropical south-eastern Asian after completing their study in Kunming. Even just within the Yunnan province, there’re much more touring resources for international students to explore, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Xishuangbanna, Tengchong and Jianshui, you will have chances to explore the most diverse touring resources within just one province, which means you can save a lot of expense on travelling in China too. Even better, Keats School offers the Tour+Study program which can let you enjoy both learning and travelling at the same time.

If you’ve been thinking of relocating to China and growing culturally or professionally there but are still not sure about which city to go, have a look at all the good reasons why you should learn Chinese in Kunming, Yunnan. 

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OVER 7000+ STUDENTS HAVE STUDIED AT KEATS

Josh

Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with smile every day.

Ramji

Ramji | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.

Matteo

Matteo | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy studying Chinese at Keats in Kunming. The teachers are great and my classmates are awesome. It is an unforgettable experience for me. I also got the chance to travel to other places in Yunnan. Those places are amazing and you definitely need to visit these place when you study at Keats.

Sarah

Sarah | Dubai

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

My teachers are all excellent. They trained the teachers so professionally. I feel like I learn very quickly with my teacher. They are very serious about their students and I know every teacher is like this. I would highly recommend that you come to Keats.

Faith

Faith | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.

Sarah

Sarah | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.

星河明

星河明 | Japan

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I took the one-on-one class with 6 hours a day. The classes are very interesting. The teachers are caring and the content the teacher teaches me is suitable for my level. I have a lot of time practicing Chinese in class. The food is great here. I have improved my Chinese through this program at Keats.

Nicholas

Nicholas | Canada

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

At Keats, I have a lot of opportunities to practice what I have learned. I really like this school, because I can learn Chinese in one-on-one style, so I think this is the best way and my teacher is the best teacher. I feel that without my teacher, my Chinese will definitely not improve so much. I’m very happy because at Keats, I have improved my Chinese significantly.

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