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WHAT’S THE BEST CITY IN CHINA TO STUDY MANDARIN IN?

It’s time to decide what city you’re going to call your “home away from home”. Will it be Beijing? What about Shanghai? Why not pick the beautiful city of Kunming.

It may not be as large as these other cities, but the benefits of living in the city of eternal spring outweigh the over-populated areas of China.

In this blog post, let us compare the basic needs these cities offer. By the end of this blog post, Kunming will be calling your name.

AIR QUALITY

Air quality is a big deterrent for people when they’re picking a place to study. We all know that China has a lot of pollution. You see people wearing pollution masks all the time and that’s something we don’t want to have to give you on your first day of school.

You can check the air quality every day for different cities online.

Let’s compare the air index.

Kunming – 63 / Moderate

Beijing – 85 / Moderate

Shanghai – 104 / Unhealthy

To compare US cities, New York is currently 53 / moderate, Toronto is 50 / Moderate and L.A. is 46 / good.

Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. It’s a city that has blue skies, temperatures around 20-28 degrees and has moderately/good air quality. Air masks are not a common accessory in Kunming.

SCHOOLING


There are several different schooling options in Kunming, China. Keats School was founded in 2004 and has become one of the top Chinese language schools in China. We provide a variety of Chinese language courses. The school tailors study plans for you, based on your learning requirements and adds fun topics to suit your personality.

Keats School has a 40% return rate for students and we even help you secure a study visa.

COST OF LIVING

When it comes to moving to a new city, it’s important to think about the costs. Moving is quite the costly expense when you put into consideration housing, schooling, utilities, travel and food. And that’s just the necessities.

According to Numbeo, in Kunming a liter of gas is 7 Chinese Yuan which equals to $1.05 US Dollar (Currently in the USA, gas is $2.35), an apartment in the city center is 1, 933.00 Yuan a month, a taxi’s starting price is 8 Yuan and a monthly transportation pass is 250 Yuan.

In Beijing, gas is 6.23 Yuan, an apartment in the city center is 6,266.67 Yuan, a taxi starting price is 13 Yuan and a monthly transportation pass is 200 Yuan.

If you were to pick to study at Keats School in Kunming, room and broad is provided, meals are provided and airport drop off and pick up is provided. This would eliminate a lot of expenses that you might have to pay for in another city.

CROWDS


You may think there’s no escaping the crowds in China. When we close our eyes and imagine walking in the streets of China, we may think of shoulder to shoulder crowds, busy streets and car horns honking.

But, that’s not the case everywhere. Let’s look at the population of these three popular cities.

Kunming – 6.6 million

Beijing – 21.5 million

Shanghai – 24.15 million

While the populations are all relatively large, you can tell that Kunming, China would have fewer crowds compared to the bigger cities. If you decide to live in Kunming, you won’t be shoulder-to-shoulder with other residents when you’re running down the street to catch your bus.

Think of Shanghai like New York (cold and city-like) and think of Kunming like a small town in Colorado, where the people are friendly.

TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION


Speaking of running to catch your bus…

China will soon have nearly as many drivers as the U.S. has people. According to the country’s top law-enforcement agency, there are more than 244 million licensed passenger-car drivers.

That’s a lot.

You have a lot of options for transportation if you move to Kunming to study. The city is serviced by an extensive public transportation network. There are a number of bus routes around the city.

Kunming is the main hub for the Yunnan Province for traveling by bus.

In addition to traveling by bus, there are four train stations located throughout the city of Kunming. From those stations, you’re able to travel throughout most of the country.

In Beijing, the development of transportation has been put on the fast track because of the size of the city. The subway was extended and improved in 2008 because of the Olympic Games. There are also thousands of buses operating in the city with hundreds of different routes.

While there is a lot of transportation available, getting a seat is sometimes impossible so get ready to squeeze in and stand.

The same thing goes for Shanghai. The city is the busiest transportation hub in eastern China. It has a railway network, subway trains, long-distance buses and transportation via waterways.

The government is working on constructing a large number of roads, subways and opening more bus routes to ease the pain of crowded public transportation.

WHY YOU SHOULD PICK KUNMING

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits in picking Kunming as the next city you’ll call home. The beautiful blue skies, clean air and friendly people are calling your name. Not only that, but you’ll save a lot of money when it comes to accommodation, meals and transportation.

To learn more about why Keats School is your best bet for studying Mandarin in China, contact us today. We have eight different course options and are interested in helping find the right one for you.

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I’ve had an amazing time at Keats. I am amazed at how much I’ve learned over the last 3 weeks and I will be really sad to go. We are already planning on our next trip of coming back because we had such a fantastic time here. They really tailor the Chinese language course to you and your individual needs.

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I found Keats to be very good, teachers are excellent and really take the students seriously. Kunming is the best place to learn Mandarin in China. The environment is awesome, no pollution. The air quality is great, good weather. The people here are very friendly. I come to take classes every day. I feel comfortable studying Chinese at Keats. I learned so many things, although I only studied at Keats for 2 months. I am really satisfied with my teacher. For us foreigners, Keats is the best Chinese school in China. Therefore, I would highly recommend Keats to all of you.

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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.

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They really care about what our interests are, what questions we have, what requirements we have. Then they adjust our Chinese language program content according to the situations. One teacher and one student, so it is easy to keep your focus for the 6 hours of immersion Mandarin lessons. It is very convenient to study, live and eat in one building.

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My school is amazing. I recommend Keats School because it is a more convenient way to learn Chinese in Kunming.

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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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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.

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