Kunshan Travel Guide

Kunshan Travel Guide

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Kunshan Facts

Chinese Name: 昆山 (kūn shān)
Population: 862,700
Area: 931 square kilometers (359 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, east China
Area Code: 0512
Zip Code: 215300
GDP (2019): CNY 404.506 billion (USD 58.633 billion)

A Well-Developed City near Shanghai Famous for Zhouzhuang Water Town

Located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, Kunshan is the county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou. It is close to Shanghai’s Jiading District and Qingpu District to the east and southeast, Changshu to the north and Taicang to the northeast. Kunshan is 63 km (39 mi) from Shanghai. This city is the birthplace of Kunqu Opera listed in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. There are all kinds of tourist attractions in Kunshan from quiet water town to lakes, relaxing resort, and historical sites, especially China’s No. 1 Water Town – Zhouzhuang, a perfect weekend getaway destination from Shanghai or Suzhou. Also, Yangcheng Lake hairy crab, Ao Zao Noodle, Sweet Green Rice Ball are the best local foods to try.

In China, it is said that the most beautiful natural scenery is in southern China. Kunshan, one of the cities in southern China, will never disappoint her guests. The breath-taking views of Yangcheng Lake and Dianshan Lake nearby the city attract a great number of visitors all year round. Yangcheng Lake also supplies locals with plenty of seafood, especially the delicious Yangcheng Crab that you should be sure to try. In the urban area, Tinglin Park is really worth a visit. But the highlights of this city are the water towns, all of which are worthy tourist destinations. Zhouzhuang, the No.1 water town in China is highly praised by visitors from home and abroad, and Jinxi, Luzhi and Qiandeng are also interesting to visit. Peonica Garden Theme Park near Zhouzhuang is also a must-see attraction.

Although Kunshan is not a well known metropolis in China, it has important cultural and historical foundations. It is the cradle of Kun Opera which has been called the 'father of all operas' in China. You can visit the Kun Opera Museum in the city for a look at the history of this splendid piece of oriental heritage. In addition, a variety of historical sites awaits your exploration.

Although Kunshan does not have its own airport at present, it is convenient to come here from Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong airports. From Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and other large cities, it is easy for visitors to get here by train or long-distance bus.
  See also Train Schedule, Kunshan Railway Station, Kunshan South Railway StationShanghai - Kunshan Train


 When to Go: Kunshan is subject to subtropical monsoon climate, enjoying abundant sunlight and plentiful rainfall all year round. Thanks to the moist and humid weather, the annual average temperature is just 15.5°C. Therefore, all of the four clear seasons here are pleasant for visitors. Worth a special mention is the season when the Eight Immortals Flower (April-May) and Twin Lotus Flowers (July-August) bloom. Both are specialties of the city. Additionally, for those visitors who would like to whet their appetite, the best time is from September to November when one can savor the plump Yangcheng Lake crab. 

Kunshan Travel Tips

Don't leave Kunshan without trying some of the delicious local food, including Ao Zao Noodle, which is unique to the city. Cuisines of other provinces of China are also available, and the high-quality western food served in the city's star-rated hotels is also a good choice for diners.


Fast Facts

Area: 927 square kilometers
Population: 650,000
Area Code: 0520
Zip Code: 215300

Emergency Numbers

Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
Traffic: 122

Useful Numbers

Consumption Complaint of Kunshan Consumers' Association: 57512315
Transportation Complaint: 57310209
Time Inquiry: 117
Telephone Number Inquiry: 114
City-bus Inquiry: 57312534
Weather Forecast: 96121


Bank of China can service you with foreign exchange.
Kunshan location: No.306, Qianjin Middle Road
Tinglin location: No.7, Tinglin Road

Post Office

Renmin North Road location: No.102, Renmin North Road
Tinglin Road location: No.28, Tinglin Road


No.1 People's Hospital
Address: No.91, Qianjin West Road

TCM Hospital
Address: No.189, Chaoyang Road
Bus: 103, 105, 106, 11, 117

- Last updated on Jun. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Kunshan Travel
Asked by Adelin from BURUNDI | Aug. 06, 2019 05:07Reply
Température in November December and January in Zheng zhou
Answers (1)
Answered by Shelby from DENMARK | Aug. 09, 2019 02:25

According to the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 5-15C in November, 0-5C in December and -5-5C in January.
Asked by jon mathias from USA | Dec. 22, 2016 09:10Reply
I am traveling to the Dian Shan Hu Town, Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province for a large job project.
What are the local hotels like and possible names?
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Answered by Judith from CANADA | Dec. 23, 2016 01:31

It is suggested you check in Sweetom Apartment Villa, on no. 59 Shuguang Road. It is a cozy hotel. You may like it.
Asked by Peter Mellars from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 22, 2016 04:22Reply
I wish to travel from Minhang to Kunshan on Metro of possible. Is it possible ?
I an starting at Jiangyue Road.
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Answered by Alin from USA | Sep. 23, 2016 02:41

You will start from Jiangyue Road Metro Station, Shanghai, right? There is no direct metro service. The metro+ bus mode of transport is recommended to you.

Take metro line 8 from Jiangyue Road Station to Oriental Sports Center, and switch to metro line 11 to Guangming Road Station, Exit 1. The metro ride takes about 100 minutes, and the fare totals CNY 9. Then, take bus line Kunshan 155 to the city. :)
Asked by Katherine from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 28, 2016 06:51Reply
I'm searching for Christian churches in Kunshan. Prefer English service, but Madarin is okay as well
Answers (2)
Answered by Julian from FRANCE | Jun. 29, 2016 20:48

Well, I know one that is located at No.153, Hongfeng Road, Yushan Town. You can go and see. :)
Answered by Kristen from USA | Sep. 17, 2017 05:04

I know this question is from a year ago, but if you are still looking, there is an English Christian service at Suzhou International Fellowship. We meet at Dushu Lake Church next to Dushu Lake in Suzhou, at 11:00 am. There are Chinese services before and after ours as well. We have several frequent attenders from the KS area. You can find more information at thesif.org.
Asked by Nirankar from INDIA | Apr. 09, 2016 04:33Reply
We need to travel from Yiwu to Kunshan. We will be carrying heavy suitcase with us. Please advise.
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Answered by Nia from FRANCE | Apr. 09, 2016 22:50

You can take a bullet train to Kushan South, and the train ride is about 2 hours.
Or you can take a bus from Binwang Bus Station to the city, and the bus duration is about 4 hours.
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