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WHY LEARN MANDARIN IN KUNMING, CHINA

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 more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries come to study Chinese in China?

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 learn Mandarin and 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 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 a crime in every city, Kunming has an overall low crime index and a very low index for 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 color, ethnic origin, or religion are 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 an earnest 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 studying in Kunming, three of our top locations are here.

  1. Dongchuan Red Land – If you want 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 colors of the land combined make 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 Chinese 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 create a tailored study plan for you and your business needs.

Read our blog post “Learn Business Chinese – 5 Reasons Why You Should Pick Keats School” to learn more about Business Chinese.

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 a while now.

When you choose Kunming as the place to study, you’ll live and interact with locals and immerse 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.

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Mike | Australia

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I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, a new lounge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with natives. If you’re considering coming to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s the best place to learn Mandarin and I think it will be a great experience for you.

 

Martine

Martine | France

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I really enjoy this place because we have private Mandarin lessons. I took the 6-hour program, 4 hours in the morning, 2 in the afternoon. Even though it is quite a lot, the teaching is complimentary. This is very helpful because I could review what I did before and learn new things. My 2 teachers are fantastic. We live in the school, so it is convenient. It is interesting to me to meet people from all over the world.

Josephine

Josephine | Indonesia

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I think Keats is one of the best language schools I have ever been to. My teacher is such an amazing person. She is so good at teaching. She makes classes fun. I have learned a lot of vocabulary during my time here. I would really recommend coming to learn Mandarin Chinese at Keats School.

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 of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.

Andrew

Andrew | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I am a graduate student working on my doctorate degree at Columbia University. We were able to really focus on speaking especially interview-style speaking and we are able to really up my Chinese reading and writing skills, so when I go back to Columbia, I can take formal Chinese classes. It has been a really good experience and I really love my teacher.

Aliza

Aliza | USA

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I found Keats School and I am so glad that I did. When you learn Chinese in China at Keats, you are fully being taken care of. My teacher is really great and we become lovely friends.

Hilary

Hilary | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

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.

Simon

Simon | UK & France

Small Group Chinese Class

The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.

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