After living in Kunming for 20 months, we learned and discovered a lot of new things about this city that we wanted to share with you guys. At the same time, this serves as a time capsule of all the beautiful memories we made there. To share with you a little bit of our life in this city, here’s 20 things we love about Kunming.
Where is Kunming
Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan province, located in Southwest China. This province has a border that is linked to Vietnam and Myanmar, making it quite busy with international trade and business. Locals and tourists alike, visit the province because of its rich natural resources such as Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yuanyang Rice Terraces, and Jade Snow Mountain, and ancient towns such as Dali and Lijiang.
Why We Chose Kunming
For our new readers, the reason why we lived in Kunming is because we wanted to study Mandarin in a city where we can afford not to work in. Beijing and Shanghai are the famous ones but with everyday expenses and tuition fees that are quadruple Kunming’s, we can’t afford to live in those two. 6 months into the city, Mar’s younger brother, Marco, joined us. Another 6 months later, Mar’s younger sister, Mharya, joined us too. And a week after Mharya comes Alex, our Portuguese friend. More on that here.
We did a bit of travel too — crossing the China-Vietnam border is one of them. Find out what happened on our border crossing here.
What We Love Most
There’s something about this city that we can’t quite forget. It has its own charm, and possibly one of the best cities we ever felt happy living in. There were days where we didn’t get up from bed until we were so hungry for having skipped breakfast and lunch. There were days when we had to get up early for Chinese classes but most of the time, we were working on our laptops — Ian edits videos, while I edit photos and work on the website.
What we love most about living in Kunming is how we had a lot of extra time. We were able to get away from the daily 9-5 routine, in both Manila and Singapore where we used to live. The extra hours of the day made us think about what inspires us to live, what we want to do in life, and where we want to go after our life in China.
The life we lived in Kunming is incomparable. Every day was a carefree day, with no worries, and not much to think of other than each other. As we have already left the city since February 2018, all these are now part of the past with nothing but sweet memories.
20 Things We Love about Kunming, China
Kunming was good while it lasted. — 2 years of no plans for our every day. What a dream!
How about you? What do you like about your city? Did you have a time in your life when you actually did not worry about anything?