Kunshan - Duke Kunshan University

Kunshan is one of the most prosperous cities in China and the hub of a vibrant economic and cultural area in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta. Widely considered a successful model for China's social and economic development, Kunshan is home to Fortune 500 companies and other global enterprises.

With a population of nearly two million, Kunshan is a thriving metropolis yet retains many areas of hidden beauty, such as the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang. A free shuttle bus runs between campus and downtown. The city is safe and the people are friendly and welcoming.

Kunshan also serves as your home base for exploring China. Shanghai and Suzhou, two of China’s most important international centers, are only 20 minutes away by high speed train. Kunshan’s rapid social and economic development has spurred the development of recreational, dining and lifestyle offerings attractive to longtime residents and newcomers alike. Residents have equal access to the best urban infrastructure and amenities, including large shopping malls, state-of-the-art cultural and sport facilities, open cultural and natural parks, and public transportation

Rapid advancement in rail traffic has brought Kunshan much closer to its surrounding areas. The high-speed train reaches Shanghai and Suzhou within 20 minutes, while Shanghai’s No.11 subway has already extended to Kunshan’s Huaqiao area, and a future Kunshan subway will connect with Suzhou as well. In addition, the city’s convenient bike rental system provides quick and easy access to high-quality bicycles located throughout the city.

With just a swipe of a card, you’ll be on your way to exploring all that this beautiful city has to offer. While Kunshan has experienced tremendous economic growth, city residents also enjoy and preserve its rich cultural and historical resources. Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, originated in Kunshan and is now listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Zhouzhuang, Jinxi, and Qiandeng, three of Kunshans ancient water towns, are among China’s nominations for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.