Things to Do in Kunming

When you study Mandarin Chinese at Keats, there are many things you can do outside of class. Life in Kunming is so colorful. You will not feel lonely when you study in China. Instead, you will gain many unforgettable memories.

When you study Mandarin Chinese at Keats, there are many things you can do outside of class. Life in Kunming is so colorful. You will not feel lonely when you study in China. Instead, you will gain many unforgettable memories.

Outdoor & Indoor Sports

When you take a Chinese language program at Keats in Kunming, you can find many good places for hiking and cycling such as Motian Hills, Snake Mountain, Golden Temple, and the Western Hills. You can also cycle around the Dianchi Lake and appreciate the amazingly beautiful view along the way. Opposite the school is the biggest sports stadium in Yunnan with a football field, basketball court, tennis court, badminton court, and swimming pool. Kunming also has one of the top golf courses in Asia – Spring City Golf Course. There are also places for ice skating in big shopping malls. As a Keats student, you will have free access to the Keats Fitness Center, which is located in the school building.

Local Culture & Chinese Culture

Kunming embraces both traditional and contemporary cultures. Unlike Beijing, Shanghai, or other metropolises that are crowded with skyscrapers, Kunming is a laid back and historical city. You can have an adventure at local markets, such as the Bird and Flower Market – a place selling local handicrafts, Zhuanxin Farm Product Market – the biggest and the most famous food market in Kunming, Dounan Flower Market – the biggest flower market in China. Keats offers Chinese cultural classes such as calligraphy class, Tai Chi class, Chinese cooking class, and Chinese musical instrument class. Keats also offers free cultural events every Thursday evening including playing mahjong, tea tasting, paper cutting, paper folding, kite making, card games, making Chinese knots, ethnic group dancing, Chinese chess, chopsticks practice, etc.

Tours & Sightseeing

When you learn Chinese at Keats, you could enjoy free excursions organized by Keats every Saturday. It can help you better experience and understand Chinese culture. Daytrips are also available on Sunday with reasonable and affordable prices. You will have a chance to visit many beautiful places in Kunming. They are the Golden Temple, Black Dragon Pool, Daguan Park, Guandu Ancient Town, Minority Village, Yuantong Temple, Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Caves. Parks are also great places for you to take a break from your Mandarin classes. The Green Lake Park, Lotus Lake Park, Haigeng Park are free parks to enjoy walking, jogging and cycling. Start your day with bright sun rising and complete your everyday activities in the radiant sunset glow too. Life in Kunming and Keats School are just like a picture full of poetic scene.

Local Gourmet & Cuisine

Chinese cuisine is considered to be an exciting part of your experience when you learn Chinese in China. In Yunnan, people like the spicy taste and sour flavor. Yunnan food, also known as Dian cuisine, is a mixed culture of 25 minority groups that inhabit in Yunnan. Keats organizes group dinners every Friday to try all kinds of local foods. Famous local foods include 炸洋芋 (spicy fried potatoes), 烤/油炸臭豆腐 (roasted/fried stinky tofu served with spicy sauce), 豆花米线 (rice noddle with gravy and jelly tofu), 过桥米线 (cross-bridge rice noddle), 豆面汤圆 (sticky rice dumpling covered by syrup and grounded pea powder), 烤乳扇 (roasted cheese).

Beautiful Yunnan

Known as a “Spring City”, Kunming is home to some of the mildest and most pleasant weather of any city in China. During your time when learning Mandarin Chinese in Kunming, many exciting destinations await your discovery right here in Yunnan Province, just a short bus or train ride from Kunming. These include the mysterious Xishuangbanna, a wonder of the world; Lunan Stone Forest, the ancient kingdom capital; Dali, and the beautiful Lijiang under the snow-capped Jade Dragon Mountain, and the famous Shangri-La.

 

Places to Visit

Social Activities

Kunming, as vibrant as Beijing and Shanghai, is a destination that many young people desire. Outside of Keats, you would find loads of night events and parties to go with friends in bars and pubs. You could practice what you’ve learned in class while enjoying your nightlife here. KTV is another exciting experience that you can’t miss. At Keats, we have movie night every Tuesday, language exchange with native Chinese people every Wednesday, Chinese cultural activities every Thursday, group dinner to try local cuisine every Friday, free excursions every Saturday. These events and activities can help the students at Keats to make friends with each other and with Chinese people. It’s also an excellent way to dive into the daily life of Chinese people.

Shows & Exhibition

If you are not a fan of social activities, there are also multiple choices available for you to spend a wonderful private time. Theatres in Kunming are ideal places for Philharmonic Orchestra lovers and stage play lovers; watching a film in the cinema is not a bad choice. Different types of museums will give you a better understanding of Chinese culture and local culture. With 25 minority ethnic groups inhabiting in Yunnan, the stunning dance show Dynamic Yunnan amazes everyone who watches it.

Hands-on Experience

If you want to stay away from the busy life in Beijing and Shanghai, Kunming is a great place for you to slow down and get fully relaxed. You would find many places to have some hands-on experience. You may find workshops for painting, making drip coffee, forging jewelry, clay modeling, Bai tie-dyed technique. You will explore inner peace in the deep of your heart while you learn Chinese in Kunming.

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杜文宇 | Netherlands

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

So during my first week at Keats, I didn’t dare to speak any Chinese words. I found out that my Chinese level quickly improved since then. Although I have many options to study in China, for example some other schools have homestay, I found I could immerse myself and fully focus on learning Chinese by staying at Keats.

Jade | UK & Mauritius

Small Group Chinese Class

I think the learning environment here is great. The teaching methods are also very interactive and fun. What I particularly enjoy here is the fact that my teacher does not stick to the textbook. We spend a lot of time discussing general topics, such as Chinese culture, world news, typical expressions used by local people. We also discuss social and economic topics.

Filbert | Indonesia

Small Group Chinese Class

Before I came to Keats School, I had no confidence in my Chinese proficiency. I did not have the confidence to chat with Chinese people. However, after 4 months of study at Keats, I become more and more confident in speaking Chinese now. Studying Chinese at Keats School has been the best decision I have ever made. There are many games in the class, and my teacher’s teaching methods are also very interesting. My experience at Keats School has changed my view of China and Chinese people.

 

Joleen | Germany

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

About studying here, I think the living condition is very convenient, because the dorm is very close to the classroom. Our teachers really enjoy teaching Chinese. They are also very passionate. Compared with other cities in China, Kunming has really good weather.

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Ida | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I have studied at Keats for 2 semesters. I highly recommend Keats School. If you are very interested in Chinese culture, I would suggest you come to Kunming. Kunming people are very friendly. The weather in Kunming is great. So I recommend that you study at Keats in Kunming.

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Hitanshu | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

It doesn’t matter what level of Chinese you have, or even you can start from the zero level. Your teacher will prepare the lessons according to your requirements. The advantage of living in the school is that you will have your tutoring, you will have your private accommodation with your own bathroom and all the meals provided. I highly recommend everybody to actually take the whole package because you get to meet other students.

Kim | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

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

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Pakorn | Thailand

Small Group Chinese Class

It is very convenient to come to Kunming from Thailand. I really like my Chinese class and my Chinese improved a lot in a few months. The best thing I like about Keats is that it is in Kunming, a city with an eternal spring. There is so much to see in Kunming and you will love this city after you come.

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