Chengdu – People’s Park

A first public place named “Park” in China. In 1911, Yu Kun, Garrison General of Chengdu opened up commercial land in the south of Shaocheng to serve tea and meals, put on plays, tell stories, play Kung Fu and Archery, exhibit and gathering, named Public Park that called Shaocheng Park, it is the first public place named “Park” in China. It was renamed People’s Park in 1950.
What can you do in People park? Of course, you meet people and drink tea!

What can you do in People park? Of course, you meet people and drink tea!
Here everyone can find their own place where to show e.g. own dance art, Tai Chi, play games, and have fun with your family.

A really big park with lots to see

Chinese people love the revolution where people make change what they feel is wrong.

Railway Revolution Monument…
Here is some railway revolution going on
If you fancy a restful place, it too can be found easily

If you come with children (s), they will want to come park when you tell that there is also an amusement park!

Leave the kids here…, go relax and drink tea one of the many tea houses

There are many walkways, stairs and also, a nice little lake where you can row a boat.

This park is really many wars- and natural monuments.

Ready to war, this stand in another gate in the park
Goodbye to the family! Do you see they carry also a sword

Time to sit for a moment after a few hours walking. Also, I have watched many people dancing, perform Tai Chi and I’ve been drinking a lot of tea.

Yang style Tai Chi: Yang Chengfu also developed his own shortened version of the Yang Long Form in order to have it easier to teach to modern students who are busy with modern life. Despite being shortened, Yang Chengfu managed to keep the essentials of the Yang Long Form. Correctly taught and practiced, the 108-movement form still retains much of its health and self-defense benefits (the original comprises over 300 movements).

Without weapons
With Swords

Yang style Tai Chi With swords.

Chengdu – Du Fu’s Cottage

The first time we have a free day (Monday) and although we should take it easy and do nothing or maybe just meditate. I went to see the old part of the city and Du Fu Cottage, Huan Huaxi Park and Kuanxiangzi Alley.

Good Morning Chengdu. Autumn has started with a storm, now is only +25 in the morning and the afternoon +30Du Fu was a very famous poet (Tang Dynasty 618-907) whose glory enlightens all the ages. Du Fu’s Cottage, his former residence during his stay in Chengdu, has become a shrine to Chinese literature. His patriotic thoughts and lofty sentiments have inspired and encouraged later generations with motivation and cohesion.

Here he is in front of the Hall of Odes.

Name of “Hall of Odes” originates from Major Odes of Songs. In this hall, are displayed 12 statues of ancient poets.

This poet looks at me and asks me in, and says that they are waiting for someone to read their poems
One looks like he tries to fly and another looks like it would be inside a tree
Must be difficult to read this, even for Chinese

This painting is a chain of pictures Du Fu’s most representative poems, which illustrate the sage poet’s living and creation experience.
Think about making such a painting of your life what it would look like? Should we make our life more interesting, then there would be more stories to tell about our lives!

Du Fu’s Adventure

Here you will find tea cafes, shops that sell a variety of art and all kind of tourist junk.

Here you can try the Chinese writing, I tried, not easy

Here are many small parks, but this is beautiful with many different bonsai trees.

Here it is Du Fu’s home where he also, make the song “Autumn Wind Tearing my Cottage”.

Du Fu’s home looks homely and lovely. Here he was listening to the autumn storms and make poems and songs
Study, office room
Living room with bamboo couch-bed
The kitchen is quite ascetic, but you can cook food and maybe it warms also cottage
The view from the cottage yard is really beautiful

Chengdu – Huan Huaxi Park

Next to the Dufu Cottage is Huan Huaxi Park that combines the modern design of garden and architecture with a deep historical culture of west Sichuan. Also, it is the biggest park in Chengdu.
The Source – symbol of the period of ChunQiu to emphasize that Chinese poem originates from this period. Such an oval-shaped Tripod is the first one in Chinese history.
This poet looks like Gandalf wizard from “The Lord of the Rings” story
They seemed to have fun or competition whose poem is better
A small bamboo forest is a nice place to rest if it is a hot sunny day
Weird tourist and grumpy looking poet
A great looking statue, that can inspire you to write poems
The fishes are accustomed to being fed constantly, so they will immediately shout “give us food!
More grumpy looking poets
In the park, visitors will often see Cosplay characters taking pictures

Folded Brocade Hill

Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Shan or Diecai Hill). It gained its name because of the resemblance of its rock formations, piled up layer upon layer on each other, to folded brocade. Four small hills, Yuyue Hill, All-Direction-Looking Hill (Siwang Hill), Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak surround Folded Brocade Hill.

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Guilin city at night

Guilin area is a famous amazing landscape of limestone karst hills, but there are better viewed in Yangshuo Town area.

All Guilin city tourist attractions are called “must see” places and that kind of advertisement get me to want to go far away from here. Everything is overpriced and you have to think what is really interesting for you and not that what they say you should see.

The city is beautiful near the river where you can walk nice walking paths and when lights come on the night then it is a really nice city to visit.

Xiaoqikong Scenic Area

This area is best known for the seven-arched Xiaoqikong Bridge. The bridge was built in 1835 on a vital traffic road in ancient times between Qiannan City and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. With a length of 40 meters, a width of 2.2 meters, and a height of 5.5 meters, the bridge shows delicate structures and exquisite craftsmanship.
Over the bridge and you get in the nature park
Nice view of the bridge before going to the nature park

Very odd nature park, if it is a purpose to protect nature. Here, nature is being destroyed to provide services for tourists. You can’t even walk freely because there are so many constructions work on going.

They will drive you by bus to a variety of attractions, then you can walk a little bit and then they drive you next view.
The bus leaves us at this map, from which we walk to see the first sight, many places on that map is not open yet for the public.

Crouching Dragon Pond Falling down to the waterfall
I walked to the other side of the pond, where it was quiet for a moment from noisy Chinese tourists.
Below the Crouching Dragon Pond

Next, we arrive at a small lake where you can paddle by boat.

It’s amazing how the Chinese do not understand that anyone travels alone and not in a group. I had to told 3 ticket sellers that I want one ticket and I’m alone. After that I go see boat keepers where I have to tell again, I’m alone and I want to my own boat, just for me.

Yuanyang (mandarin duck) Lake
Lake is a maze and very beautiful
Again they want to take pictures with me, so I’ll do the same and ask for a picture with them

After the lake, you go to sit on a golf cart and they drive you to the entrance of the cave (they will not let you walk).

Heaven Bell Cave

We stop to see the waterfall.

Next, “Water Forest” we follow the river in the forest.

The bridge was built in 1835 on a vital traffic road in ancient times between Qiannan City and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. With a length of 40 meters, a width of 2.2 meters, and a height of 5.5 meters, the bridge shows delicate structures and exquisite craftsmanship.

Seven-arched Xiaoqikong Bridge.

Construction in forest park changes the view.

Xiaoqikong is 30 minutes from Libo City, if you are close by, then visit to see it.

Tianliang Scenic Area

Tianliang Scenic Area - 天梁风景区售票处 202 Provincial Rd, Yushan Xian, Shangrao Shi, Jiangxi Sheng, China

I planned to go to the lake village, but the bus leaves me a wrong place and I end up visited this park. Have to buy a ticket (65 RMB) that I can go and see what are in here, because of no English.

Tianliang Scenic Area
I got a nice map to see what are here

They have a name of places in English, but description only Chinese.

Champion Hole. I see stairs down there, maybe earlier you are able to walk there, but now it is flooded

Down there I can see old mine or is it a monkey’s hole?

Monkey Mountain and Heaven Pool
Stone eat me!
Tianliang Scenic Area
“Good luck to Babel”. Looks like a boogeyman is in a cave

The whole area is full of stones that look like they are melted many different forms and that make this park unique.

Stone Forest
Tianliang Scenic Area
This says something that is dangerous, maybe don’t fall from a small bridge that is next

Bridge and river liked those natural caves without colorful lights, there are also caves with colorful light, but I’m not sure if I like those so much.

The Cuanying Cave
Cave
Hidden Dragon Waterfall
Walking path is fantastic

Fisherman, I go to see what kind of fish he get, even path is closed, because of stones have fallen on the path.

I have even more pictures, but here is view when you come out of the park.

 

 

Jingshan Park (Beijing)

Jingshan Park was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace.

Just north of the Imperial Palace, the site occupied by Prospect Hill was a private park reserved for the use of the emperor in the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). During the Ming (1368-1644).
Here Jingshan Park start
There it is the highest point where I want to go
More stairs to climb
Arriving highest point
Time to take one funny tourist photo (25 CNY)
This is a reason why I come here, that I can see a whole Forbidden city
Many different paths in a park
This is also really nice and relaxing place to walk around

When night falls, then more and more people gathering in the park to running, socialize, play and sing.

The night is coming, time to go back to Hostel

The Temple of Heaven (Beijing)

 

The Temple of Heaven, built in 1420, used to be a place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties went to worship Heaven and offered sacrifices to pray for better harvests and favourable rain.

Plenty of buildings and talk of heaven, but I found it funny that Earth was represented by a square and Heaven by a circle.

Long way to walk on a sunny day

Animal sacrifice pavilion. To get to see it, you need a free ticket, but you only get it if you are able to show your passport, the same ticket you show to get in Divine Kitchen.
Very odd that why these places you get in only to show a passport.

Animal sacrifice pavilion.

This pavilion used to kill the sacrificial animals like oxen, sheep, deer, rabbit and pigs. At the time of the killing, the butcher struck the animal on the head a large wooden hammer.
That reason this is also called animal beating pavilion.

Animal sacrifice pavilion inside
Then you can walk long corridors to see Divine Kitchen

Divine Kitchen use to prepare more than 30 offerings such as cereals, wines, jade and silk objects and sacrificial cattle for the ceremony of praying for grains. They covered an area of 400 square meters with 90 and more cooks and kitchen servant.

Divine Kitchen
Divine Kitchen, what they hang here?
The chair of the cook?
Beautiful flowers
Next The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building, 36 meters in diameter and 38 meters tall, built on three levels of marble stone base, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. The building is completely wooden, with no nails.

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

The Imperial Vault is connected to the Hall of Prayer by the Vermilion Steps Bridge, a 360-meter-long raised walkway that slowly ascends from the Vault to the Hall of Prayer.

Really bright and hot sunny day

The Imperial Vault of Heaven is a single-gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. It is surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances.

The Imperial Vault of Heaven
Inside of The Imperial Vault of Heaven
The Circular Mound Altar or gate, time to talk to Heaven

It is an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, each decorated with lavishly carved dragons. The numbers of various elements of the Altar, including its balusters and steps, are either the sacred number nine or its nonuples.
The centre of the altar is a round slate called the Heart of Heaven (天心石) or the Supreme Yang (太阳石), where the Emperor prayed for favourable weather. Thanks to the design of the altar, the sound of the prayer will be reflected by the guardrail, creating significant resonance, which was supposed to help the prayer communicate with Heaven.

Here I stand, but not plan to try to talk to Heaven

As you walk to the edge of the park, you will find wonderful paths that are nice to wander.

As I walked out, I found a small forest that was really nice to walk on my own without other people.