You may remember that I recently joined the circus. Well, not really. But my new apartment is right next to it. In the photo below, the golden dome is the circus arena, & the cluster of white high rises down the street is my apartment complex.
I walk by the circus at least once a week to go to the shopping center that's down the street the other way, so I was shocked to hear the other day that behind the circus is one of Shanghai's largest parks. You would never know it from the street, but I took a look on Google maps & there it was - a sprawling park filled with lakes & trees & bridges & people, tucked away right behind the acrobats.
Sunday was a particularly beautiful spring day - the sun was shining & the air was just warm enough. I filled my backpack with park-going paraphernalia (my camera, my Kindle, water, snacks), & went to check it out.
I paid 2 RMB (about US 30 cents) at the gate to get in, & spent a couple of hours walking around (it's a really big park). Then I found a nice spot by the lake where I could sit back & read my book.
On such a nice day - being that I'm in China - I expected hordes of people all bumping into each other as they tried to claim a small patch of nature. Instead, even though there were a lot of people there, I didn't feel the least bit crowded. We all had plenty of room to enjoy the park.