My New Home – Kunming Posted by sasha on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized
After over 4 years living and working in Beijing, I packed my life into a backpack and set off on a gap year trip around the US, SE Asia, and China. Needing to slow down a bit and save some money, we ended up in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. It’s been great living here, and it didn’t take long for it to really feel like home. Moving from a mega-city like Beijing to a much smaller city has proven to be a good decision. While I’ll always love the ‘Jing, it’s nice to live in a place where you can breathe!
To give you a glimpse into Kunming life and help you practice your Chinese reading, here’s a little write-up about my new home, in Chinese characters first, and followed by a pinyin transliteration and English.
yǐ qián, wǒ zhù zài běi jīng. qù nián wǒ men bān dào kūn míng le. kūn míng shì yún nán de shěng huì. tā yě jiào “chūn chéng” yīn wéi tiān qì bǐ jiào hǎo. quán nián dōu shì chūn tiān! kūn míng bù shì hěn dà de chéng shì. tā bǐ běi jīng hé shàng hǎi xiǎo hěn duō. zài kūn míng, běn dì rén dōu shuō kūn míng huà. wǒ zhǐ huì shuō yī diǎn dāng dì huà. zhè lǐ shì yī gè hěn piào liang de chéng shì, yǒu shān yě yǒu shuǐ. nǐ kě yǐ qù xī shān huò zhě diān chí. yún nán cài yě hěn hào chī. kūn míng zuì yǒu míng de cài shì guò qiáo mǐ xiàn. kūn míng de jiāo tōng hái bù cuò. zhè ge chéng shì yǒu jī chǎng, huǒ chē zhàn, hái yǒu sì gè kè yùn zhàn. zhè lǐ de gōng gòng jiāo tōng yǒu dì tiě, gōng jiāo chē, hé chū zū chē. wǒ tiān tiān qí diàn dòng chē huò zhě zì xíng chē. kūn míng de yè shēng huó méi yǒu běijīng hǎo, dàn shì hái shì hǎo wán. zhè li yǒu hěn duō jiǔ bā, rán hòu měi gè zhōu mò dōu yǒu yīn yuè huì. wǒ hěn xǐ huān wǒ zài kūn míng de shēng huó.
Before, I lived in Beijing. Last year we moved to Kunming. Kunming is the provincial capital of Yunnan. It’s also called the “Spring City” because the weather is quite good. It’s spring all year round! Kunming isn’t a very big city. It’s much smaller than Beijing or Shanghai. In Kunming, the local people speak the Kunming dialect. I can only speak a little Kunming dialect. This is a very beautiful city; there are mountains and water. You can go to the Western Hills or Dianchi Lake. Yunnan cuisine is also very delicious. The most famous dish in Kunming is “Over the Bridge Rice Noodles.” The traffic in Kunming isn’t bad. This city has an airport, a train station, and four long distance bus stations. The public transport in the city includes a subway, busses, and taxis. I ride an e-bike or bicycle every day. Kunming’s nightlife isn’t as good as Beijing’s, but it’s still fun. There are a lot of bars here, and every weekend there are concerts. I really like my life in Kunming.
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