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American guy Nate lauds Kunming as a living paradise

By : InKunming | Published: 2018-February-22

Sending warm greetings to homeless person “Kunming”

Among the people that Nate met in these six months, the most impressive one is “Kunming” who has the same name as the city. Speaking of the first day they met, Nate lowered his head and thought for 5 minutes.

That was a chill winter morning. People treading on leaves made some occasional rustle which broken the silence on the street. Nate, as usual, rode his bike to Chinese class. He saw a man begging on the side of the road. “A middle-aged man with a broken face squatted listlessly on the ground. He reached his twisted hands out to the passers-by.”

Nate thought that maybe no one would like to talk to such a homeless man who must have been very lonely. “But I had to go to my class. I just rode my bike and left,” Nate said.

The next day, Nate saw the man again in the same place. He slightly bent down and asked the man. “Can I sit with you ?” The man raised his head and looked at Nate. Nate sat down and talked with him for half an hour, and he learned the man’s name is Kunming.

Later, Nate invited Kunming to have a lunch together, and he would never forget what he heard. “Will you feel humiliated? ” Kunming said. “I don’t care how people think of me,” Nate recalled. “I just want to invite you for a meal.”

They went to a small restaurant and ate potato stewed rice. Kunming asked, “Why do you invite me for a lunch?” “I just want to know more about your life,” Nate said. Kunming was touched and cried, “no one wanted to know my life ever.”

Four years ago, the man’s face and hands were burned by an accident in Anhui province. He had stayed in home and never been outside since then, because he was afraid of people staring at him. One day, he decided to move to Kunming due to his same name as the city. “I’ve been trying to earn some money and start my own little shop here to save money for a surgery.” Kunming smiled and said.

After that meal, Nate still rode through Renmin Road to take class everyday, but he never saw the thin figure again on the street. Nate didn’t know where the man is. “Perhaps he already finds a better way to achieve his goal and makes his life easier,” Nate guessed.

Kunming is like a cup of bright tea for Nate, tasting fresh and sweet with a meaningful aftertaste. Although the city is less prosperous than Shanghai, in Nate’s mind, it gives him the most comfortable summer and romantic fall. More importantly, he meets a sweet girl here, and makes a group of bosom friends. He likes to live here and enjoys the beautiful spring city.

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(Editors: Christine, Rachel)

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