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Things to Do in Kunming

Congratulations on your upcoming Chinese language program in China! You might be curious about how it feels like to live and study in Kunming.

Kunming boasts a vibrant foreign and local community and is the 5th largest airport in China for easy travel anywhere in China and Southeast Asia. It’s got a relatively low cost of living, great weather (Spring City), Low pollution, access to foreign restaurants, supermarkets, and bars for when you need a bit of home.

Yunnan is home to numerous wonderful minorities, mountains, lakes, caves, villages, and over 2000 edible mushrooms. The 26 minorities living in Yunnan make the local cuisine one of China’s most interesting and varied. There are endless things to explore.

Downtown of Kunming: various commercial centers, parks, and also pubs.

After settling down in Kunming, you may start your exploration downtown first. There are a few districts in downtown Kunming, and you would find many commercial centers locates in different districts. You can go shopping, watch films, enjoy tasty foods and drinks, drop by various book stores and interesting groceries, and try the most popular lifestyle in the commercial center. Nanping Street, which is close to the Golden Horse Gate, is the landmark of the shopping malls in Kunming. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and pubs with diverse themes that available for night events. It only takes you around 15 minutes to walk there from Keats School.

Green Lake Park and Lotus Lake Park are two parks with long histories and are welcomed by most local residents. Both of the two parks are lovely places for relaxation and entertainment. You could also find runner groups with the same interest if you are a jogging lover.

Food Materials Market and Flower Trade Market


If you’re crazy about gourmet and cooking, you cannot miss this famous local spot -Zhuanxin market. Zhuanxin is the biggest market in Kunming, and you can find almost all kinds of fresh food materials you want. You can also try plenty of local street snacks at Zhuanxin. Such as the typical local dish called Dou Hua Mi Xian (a bowel of rice noddle served with tofu and gravy), Dou Mian Tang Yuan (sticky rice dumpling covered by syrup and grounded pea powder), Kao Ru Shan (roasted cheese), and other flavored snacks. Zhuanxin market is a place that lots of local people will visit daily, so it’s also a good place for you to practice your speaking Chinese. For example, you can learn how to ask for price, negotiate for the best offer, and learn plenty of foods’ names.

Dounan Flower Trade Market is another famous market here in Kunming. Benefitted from the climate and biodiversity, Kunming has a reputation as the capital of fresh flowers too. Fresh flowers are selling to all over the world from this place every day. You could visit this place and buy flowers at a very low price.

Places for hiking and cycling

In suburban areas of Kunming, you could find hills and mountains for hiking. Motian Hills, Golden Temple, and the Western Hills are all good places to visit. Make sure you have checked the routine and transportation ahead. Keats School can help you with tickets booking and provide the information that you need.

If you love cycling, then Dianchi Lake Park would be an ideal place for you to take a ride. With a stretch long side road along the lake, amazing beautiful scene, and lovely seagulls from Siberia in winter every year, Dianchi Lake Park is also a typical spot worth visiting.

Tours in Yunnan

Yunnan, where Kunming city is located, is a province with splendid traveling opportunities. Keats School can help you to combine your study schedule with your traveling plan. You may start with the nearest touring spot, Stone Forest. It takes about 90 minutes to drive to get there from Kunming. You will appreciate the amazing typical Karst topography here. Other tour attractions nearby Kunming include Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Yuanyang, Puzhehei, and Xishuangbanna. You will experience a stunning landscape and colorful ethnic minority group culture during the trip. You can check out a list of places you can visit during the weekend. I believe these tourist attractions will leave you with impressive memories.

Activities and events after class

One of the benefits of staying in Kunming is that you can enroll in the Mandarin learning programs of Keats School. Learning Chinese while living here is the best way to get immersion. There are different course levels for your consideration: Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced. All language classes in Keats are delivered by professional teachers with rich practical experiences.

Keats School will organize Language exchange events and other activities with different topics to help all students make acquaintance with each other and locals. This can also help you to better understand Chinese culture.

Out of Keats School, you can also find other events that you’re interested in on the local website.

You must be excited about your living and study in Kunming already after reading this. If you haven’t enrolled in the Chinese learning programs delivered by Keats School yet, then it would be perfect timing to take action. With so many interesting things to do in Kunming, it is no doubt that your language program would turn into a wonderful adventure.


Distance from Keats School to some popular spots

Destination (Distance)

Green Lake Park (2.5km)Walking/Cycling/Bus30 mins
Nanping Street/Jinmabiji (1.4km)Walking/Cycling15 mins
Western Hill Park (18km)Undergrounds/Driving50 mins
Golden Palace Park (6.9km)Bus/Driving25-40 mins
Dianchi Lake (15km)Bus/Driving40-60 mins
Yunnan Safari Zoo (9.8km)Bus/Driving25-70 mins
Dounan Flower Trade Market(19km)Undergrounds/Driving40-70 mins
Zhuanxin Market (5.3km)Cycling/Undergrounds/Driving/Bus20-35 mins
Changshui International Airport  (21km)Undergrounds/Driving30-45 mins
Kunming Railway Station (3.1km)Bus/Undergrounds/Driving20-30 mins
Kunming South Railway Station (28km)Undergrounds/Driving50-70 mins


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Sanny | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I have to say it’s tons of fun. I have been here for 2 weeks. Not knowing what it was gonna be like, I was more than surprised at how great it is. The teachers are great, they are understanding. They do a Chinese language program that suits just you. The location is perfect for learning Chinese in China.


Joep | Netherlands

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I have been to Keats School to learn Chinese for 4 times now. The reason for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good Chinese teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even a 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.

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Dr. Med. Beatrice | Austria

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I decided to learn Chinese in Kunming because I like smaller cities and I like the climate here. We had four hours a day study here and my dear teacher taught me very much and never lost her patience with me. It was a really wonderful experience to be here and I recommend Keats school and the teachers here to everyone who likes to learn Chinese in China.


Robert | Netherlands

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Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live in, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats has the best Chinese language program for you.


Paul | UK

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All teachers are really lovely. The teaching level at Keats is so much higher. I really love the city. It is very comfortable to get around. I fully recommend Keats. It is a great place to study Chinese in China. We are looking forward to coming back again later this year.


SJOERD | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.


Stew | UK

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The place is very cool. I am with a great group of people in my class, so coming to classes is very enjoyable. It is fun, we have a lot of discussions, games, activities. Our teachers are also very good, very supportive. Learning Chinese is intimidating at the start because you have so many questions. But I would advise coming to Keats because the atmosphere for learning is great. It is very relaxing. I would recommend the school.


Hilary | USA

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I’ve had a really great time here. I’ve studied a lot with my teacher who was fantastic. Keats School tried very hard to match its students with really good teachers that their personality works very well together. I really enjoy studying Chinese at Keats and I will definitely come back.

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