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American guy Nate lauds Kunming as a living paradise

By : InKunming | Published: 2018-February-22

[InKunming--Interviews & Polls] American guy Nate with curly hair and brown eyes has only been learning Chinese in Kunming for half a year, but has already fallen in love with the gorgeous place. In the process of accumulating language knowledge, he is reaping a double harvest of friendship and love.

“I love Kunming. There are plenty of green trees and dancing seagulls in winter. I like climbing the West Mountain or jogging at Cuihu park in pare time. What a wonderful life here.” Nate is talking about his life in Kunming with a cheerful sound in fluent Chinese.

Nate and his sweet girlfriend.

Being welcomed by “strange” Yunnan cuisine

“Compared with muggy Shanghai, Kunming has a fresh and sunny summer, which makes me feel cool.” Nate was invited by a friend and came to Kunming for 3 days in the summer of 2016. That beautiful summer impressed him, as well as the unique Yunnan cuisine.

Nate was invited to his friend’s house for a dinner. “The table was full of dishes, including seven kinds of mushrooms and a plate of strange insects.” Nate looked at each dish that he had never seen before, and tried to figure out what they were. His friend, who is already familiar with Yunnan cuisine, pointed at the mushroom and said, “these mushrooms are Yunnan specialties, and can only be found in rainy season. This is fried bee pupae. You can’t miss this!”

“It looks a little bit gross, but it should be okay to eat,” Nate smiled and said. He picked up a pupa and almost looked through it. Without hesitation, he send the pupa into mouth and chewed up slowly. “It was my first time to eat a fired bee pupae. It tastes like fries with a little bit salty and crunchy.”

During that 3-day tour, Nate also visited the Yi village in Tuan Jie town. Looking at the beautiful Yi girls in national costumes, and listening to them chatting in Yi’s language, an idea came up in his mind. Nate said, “I like the minority culture in Yunnan, and I want to learn minority language when I can speak Chinese well.”

In fact, Nate has been attracted by Chinese culture since a few years ago. After completing bachelor degree in 2013, he has been to Shanghai to learn Chinese for two years, and successfully passed HSK level 5 which is a Chinese language proficiency test. His friends helped him to get a Chinese name, Fu Zidan, because he loves sports just like the Chinese celebrity Zhen Zidan.

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