The DKU campus blends traditional Chinese elements with advanced educational technology in a spacious, modern setting. Extensive aquatic elements, including an aquatic quadrangle at the center of campus, symbolize the region's famous water towns and are integrated throughout the campus, while leading information technology and TelePresence systems provide instant connections to colleagues and classmates around the world. Five buildings including an academic center, a conference center, and housing for students and faculty members, are scheduled for completion in 2013.
Kunshan's rapid social and economic development has spurred the development of recreational, dining and lifestyle offerings attractive to longtime residents and newcomers alike. Local 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 people much closer to its surrounding areas: the high-speed train reaches Shanghai and Suzhou within 20 minutes; 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 your card, you'll be on your way to exploring all that this beautiful city has to offer.
While the City of Kunshan has experienced tremendous economic growth, Kunshan's 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. Three of Kunshan's ancient water towns: Zhouzhuang, Jinxi, and Qiandeng, are among China's nominations for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage List.