Kunshan is a small city in the Jiangsu province, in the southeastern part of China. It is on the Yangtze River Delta on the border of the province in between Shanghai and Suzhou, near the Yangcheng and Dianshan Lakes. It is much smaller than some other Chinese cities, but it has a rich musical and theatrical history: Kunshan is home to the Kun Chinese opera.
You can get to Kunshan via Shanghai’s two airports. The nearest one is about 45 minutes away by road. There is an extensive rail network in China and several high-speed trains pass through Kunshan. Infrastructure continues to improves thanks mainly to the influx of Taiwanese businessmen who are moving to the city for business. Kunshan has one of the highest immigrant populations of Chinese cities but is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in China for living. It was also recognised by the United Nations as a city that has extended essential service rights to migrants.
Like most of the other small cities in China, there are very few hostels in town. There is budget accommodation, like inexpensive hotels and guesthouses, but there are only a couple of hostels. It is possible that they fill up during the summer. The Chinese characters for “hostel” are 宿舍. This is pronounced as “su-she” or you can find an English-speaking person to help you. In general, staff at hostels in China - especially on the developed east coast - are helpful with arranging tours and transportation.
There is little to do in Kunshan beyond visiting the Kun Opera Museum in nearby Qiandeng. Here, you will learn all about the “father of modern opera” as it relates to the Chinese theatre and music arts. This unique heritage is listed as an intangible UNESCO Cultural Heritage. There is a decent restaurant and bar scene in Kunshan; because of the businesses there you will find a lot of Western bars and cafes.
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