Don Hayes (Photo/ Tracy)
Don is a cycling amateur. [Provided to InKunming]
It was a sunny noon on April 16. InKunming reporter Tracy met Don Hayes in Shane, an English training center in Kunming.
Don, coming from Wales, has been teaching English in Kunming for almost 5 years. Wearing a simple t-shirt, Don is more like a big boy who has light brown curly hair and bashful smile, rather than a 36-year-old teacher.
Five years' teaching has made Don integrate into the city. Like most of local residents, he works 5 days a week, and enjoys cycling, travelling, eating Dai foods, etc, in spare time.
“Living in Kunming makes me feel peaceful”
Kunming, a renowned tourist city which boasts its cozy climate all the year round, makes Don feel happy to live in.
Don has been to China for 6 years. He went to Guangzhou after graduating from a college in Wales, and came to Kunming one year later. "The weather of Guangzhou is not nice, but people there matter more. Guangzhou people care much more about money and success than Kunming people." Don noted, "Moreover, life pace of Kunming is much slower than that of Guangzhou, which makes me feel peaceful."
Don can't speak Chinese. "I'm too busy, so that I have no time to learn Chinese." Even so, Don doesn't feel unaccustomed in daily lives. "I have a Chinese assistant when I teach Chinese students. And the most important thing is that most of the local residents are diverse in a nice way."
Don has traveled in many places of Yunnan. Among all the places, Lijiang is his favorite one. "Lijiang is a very peaceful and beautiful place. My girlfriend is from Lijiang." said Don, looking a little shy.
A cycling amateur who loves Dai food
Cycling is the most favorite pastime to Don. Having been cycling for 4 years, he is keen on sightseeing streets, parks and mountains of Kunming. "I went to the Dian Lake by bike during this Qingming Festival. It was a great experience." said Don.
Don has two days off every week. Among them, he usually spends 1 day on cycling. According to Don, mountains in north district of Kunming are places where Don cycled most frequently.
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