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 a massive nation, with nearly 1.4 billion people, there’s a lot to think about when deciding on why you should learn the Mandarin language and where you should study it.
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.
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.
Why Learn Mandarin in Kunming? The 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 number 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.
Why Learn Mandarin language in Kunming? Air quality is unlike other Chinese cities
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 it 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.
These numbers do change daily. Visit Numbeo to review pollution numbers closer to the date of your departure.
Why study Mandarin in Kunming? It’s safe
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.
Studying in Kunming will be an adventure
You’ve decided that Kunming, China is the best place for you to study Mandarin, but now you’re thinking “what can I do when I’m not studying?”
It’s a very serious question, and we’re here to answer it for you.
Kunming, China is known for its beautiful, breathtaking, unique landscapes and not to mention has the nickname “city of eternal spring.” What city could beat that?
While we could write 100 different things you need to do while you’re studying in Kunming, here are three of our top locations.
1. Dongchuan Red Land - If you’re wanting to look out at the landscape and be in awe that such a beautiful view exists, you’re going to want to visit Dongchuan Red Land. The colours of the land combined makes it look like someone magically dropped a palette of paint on the ground to create this natural masterpiece. You can see reds, greens, whites and yellows together in the hills.
2. The Stone Forest - These amazing karst formations are located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, around 90km east of Kunming. The tall rocks seem to pop up from the ground, with many looking like petrified trees, which explains the name “The Stone Forest”.
3. Kunming Dragon Gate - Just to the west of Kunming, practically right next door to Dianchi Lake, the Sleeping Buddha Hill rises above the city. The nickname was created because when you look at the Western Hills from a distance, they look like a giant sleeping Buddha.
If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re not studying in Kunming, read our blog post “Place to Visit in Kunming China When You’re Not Studying”.
Why study the Chinese Language? It helps your career
At Keats School in Kunming, we specialize in intensive one-on-one classes. Many of our students are business professionals looking to add value to their jobs by learning another language.
Because there are so many professionals, we cater to learning business Chinese and can create a tailored study plan for you and your business needs.
To learn more about Business Chinese, read our blog post “Learn Business Chinese - 5 Reasons Why You Should Pick Keats School”.
Learn Mandarin today at Keats
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. We hope we’ve answered the question “Why Should I learn Chinese?” that’s been in your mind for awhile now.
When you choose Kunming as the place to study, you’ll 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?
To learn more about the courses Keats School offers, contact us today. If you’re ready to apply and stop debating why you should learn Mandarin, you can fill out our online application, here.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Kunming.