Kicking It in Kumming
Mentioning Kunming in chilly January to those familiar usuallywarms the heart a bit. Known as the "Spring City" sitting atop the Yunnan Guizhou plateau, Kunming is a perennial favorite with travelers. Interestingly, locals often complain about the excessive ultraviolet light likea wife nagging her husband. However, upon leaving they realize that theywere taking Kunming´s superb weather for granted, quickly missing theblue skies and blooming flowers.
Thanks to its wann subtropical climate, lengthy hours of sunlight sample precipitation, and fertile soil, Kunming is ideal ror tlora cultivation. A plethora of flowers can be FOLind throughorct the city all. any timeor year, decorating its parks, gardens. fields, hills, and houses. Its clear airprovides high visibility, and coupled with the lush greenness, Kunming isan ideal place to golf. Several high end golf courses can be found withina 50 kilometer radius from downtown.
Residents do rave about Kunming´s mild and undisturbed temperament. The local Accent like the city is simnle and show On one, of the,many sunny days, when business is slow. shopkeepers´ lunch breaks can last until 4:00 p.m. A famouslocat dish is rice noodles served in a pot, butunfamiliar visitors may confuse it withnationally popular hot pot, and vendors will playfully tease them.That´s how Kunming peopletreat their friends.
Last December, Danzhou City of western Hainan Province hosted the 2010 Dongpo Festival. Su Dongpo (1037-1101), a literary giant of the Song Dynasty, was exiled to Danzhou for three years. During his tenure there, he penned numerous poems while introducing Central Plains culture to the island city.
Along with Danzhou, Huizhou in Guangdong Province and Huanggang in Hubei Province three cities with close ties to Su´s life ——take turns hosting the festival.
According to the Ministry of Education, the Chinese government will award scholarships for 12,000 Chinese students studying abroad in 2011 - 6,000 to postgraduates and 6,000 to reseaichers and scholars