Ele Posted November 4, 2018 at 03:38 PM Report Share Posted November 4, 2018 at 03:38 PM Hi all! After having read a loooot of your posts (great job, thanks!!!) regarding life and language studies in different Chinese cities, I decided to still ask for your thoughts as I am struggling making my final decision. I already thank you all for your replies! I will be moving to China for 12 months next March. I have already decided to study in a private language school and my aim is to improve my spoken and written Chinese from an actual hsk2 to hsk5. Given that I would like to live in a city that has a pleasant climate (which for me means not too hot and a rather low humidity, I do not mind the cold), that is quite modern, with good infrastructure, clean, with possibility to get some western food if I am up to, and has nice surroundings, I narrowed my choices to Qingdao and Kunming. In both cities the cost of life is not as high as in first tier cities, with Kunming being the cheapest between the two. I like Kunming also because Yunnan is a stunning region, and also if I have already traveled a bit around Yunnan, there are plenty of wonderful places I still would love to visit. On the other hand, the city of Qingdao looks nicer to me, more modern, it has the sea, and is between Beijing, Shanghai, Korea and Japan. If people will speak in Mandarin to me in Qingdao, they will have a probably less strong accent than in Kunming. As a plus (also if I have no concrete plans to stay in China after this one year) as I speak Italian, English, German fluently and I will hopefully speak Mandarin soon, I might come up with appealing job possibilities in Qingdao rather than in Kunming. On the culinary side: I like Kunming's diversity, I do not eat fish and seafood, and I am an absolute tea lover :) As you can see, I am split between the two cities. I hope I gave you enough information regarding what it is important to me and I would be very grateful if you could share your thoughts and suggestions! Thank you! Warm greetings Ele Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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