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The Stunning Qingming Garden & The Old Quarter

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya What an unexpectedly wonderful day today was! Luo Wei has told me to go to Qingming Gardens on several occasions but until now it just hasn't fit into my ever so busy and tight schedule. Today I woke up and actually felt like visiting a theme park so I figured it was time to pen in the Qingming Gardens (which is now actually called the Millennium City Park). I could have caught Bus Number 1 from any stop along Zhongshan Lu but hey, god invented sandals for a reason didn't he/she/it/they/them/coffee/beer/water; whatever! So I slowly made my way up Zhongshan Lu to the Dragon Pavilion Park and Lake and then wound my way around Yangjia Lake (the left lake in the Dragon Lake) until I reached what I knew as Qingming Gardens. The entrance fee was 80 Yuan which is only a 20 Yuan rise from two years ago when the LP would have been updated. If you are an avid reader of my blog then you are a fool....hahahaha! Besides being a silly bugger you will also know that most temple entrance fees have risen by much more than that and here you can spend a day and still wish to see more. So a twenty Yuan rise is good value here in China. OK, the park, I can hear you all screaming for a detailed description. I won't bother using my own words and will use some of those taken from the free park tourist map handed out as you walk through the gate. <u>The Millennium City Park</u>[/i] </b> Located on the western bank of the enchanting Dragon Pavilion Lake, the (what is now known as) Millennium City Park covers an area of near four hundred thousand square meters and it is a large scale historic culture theme park. The park was built on the basis of the painting of Qingming Riverside Landscape which is a painting that has been handed down for generations. [/i] [/i] It was painted by Zhang Zuduan who was a famous painter in the Northern Song Dynasty over a thousand years ago. The painting is actually a precious scroll that reflects the social customs of ancient China during the Song Dynasty. It shows the social living, markets and the city construction pattern of Kaifeng city which was the ancient capital at the time. [/i] [/i] The full line of the northern garden displays the royal garden and entertainment in the royal court of the Beisong Dynasty. [/i] [/i] You can appreciate the corridors and palaces in the imperial city and enjoy their inviolability and loftiness. You can stroll through the pavilions and buildings, the beautiful water and the flaunting flags all come to your eyes. The Palatial Hall near the water, Fuyun Pavilion, Kowloon Bridge and the marvelous imperial city of imperial city of Beisong Dynasty are marvelous and spectacular! [/i] [/i] In here all the baldness and awfulness are swept away leaving only the passion and spree in the flourishing age. [/i] [/i] When you are indulging in the common customs and folkway of the Song Dynasty then in a sudden you have been led into a delicately arranged performance. Look! Isn't the pock-faced Bao Zheng walking slowly from the road? The figures full in vim and vigor on the square turned out to be the bawcock of Liagshan Mountain who once rescued Song Jiang from execution ground. [/i] [/i] Here concubines of the king are playing polo. [/i] [/i] There you can here the boom of the cannon from the water surface, even the scream of the cock in the cock ground. And then incidentally you may meet the ever forgettable game, water puppet and by the way you may watch the acrobatics performance in this flourish city without darkness.[/i] [/i] When you are tired please have a rest and enjoy the graceful and fluttering music performed with bell set chime, tasting the never failing ancient charm. [/i] [/i] A world established by lights, colours and luck, the paradise interlaced by fancy, illusion, enthusiasm and vitality! There is no distinction of the old and young, the rich and poor here. Only the laughter's same, for it produces happiness, cock fighting, arrow throwing into pot, arrow shooting and etc. [/i] [/i] You can enjoy the on site handicraft performance such as Bian embroidery, xylograph new year painting, porcelain, tea ceremony, spinning, painting, flour figure, sugar figure and etc. Also you can see some seldom seen appliance for every day use such as farm tools, water wheel, milling, loom and etc. [/i] [/i] The ancient entertainment such as dart, archery, catapult, rope climbing, hoop jumping, swing, sliding board and etc can not only make the children happy but also can make childish of the adults germinate again to experience the Song Dynasty! [/i] [/i] And the Lonely Planet describes it as an 'over priced theme park!' Huh! I wonder how many other theme parks the writer has been to! I would actually describe it as the best theme park I have been to in my entire time here in China. If you translate the above description into plain English then it is what you actually get. The park is full of colour, the performances are very well done, the buildings are awesome, the costumes are beautiful, everything is included in your entry fee and no food or drink is overpriced. I even found vanilla coke for three Yuan! Your free park map is in both English and Chinese and it also gives you a program list of all times for the performances which do begin exactly on time. All the performances I watched went for about five to ten minutes and if you wish you can make it easy on yourself and follow the crowd of Chinese people rushing from performance to performances. Or like me you can keep your map in your pocket and have a relaxing day and slowly walking here and there and go to whatever performances you can hear nearby. My favourites for the day were the 'Aquatic War' and the 'Royal Shadow Play'. The aquatic war was full of deafening booms and everyone around me had a wonderful time watching both ships being blown up and the bad guys being caught. The shadow play was simply stunning and for me it is the 'not to miss' performance For those with kids or if you are a big kid like me also head to the Aquatic Puppet Performance! I left the park around seven thirty and spent the next few hours walking around the city's Old Quarter which can be found directly behind/beside the park. At the moment all the buildings opposite the lakes are being destroyed and I guess they are making way for either expensive hotels or other city attractions. Behind all this rubble is where real people live. The streets are lined with three wheeler mobile eateries and stalls. The roads are filled with holes and the people are full of happy smiles. I dropped into a small Boutsa Eatery (meat filled bun) and it was one of the best I've eaten at. I then made my way down to Xinjeikou Jie and spent an hour at a Net Bar before heading across to the night market where I spent the next hour or so searching through stalls of DVD's for season four and five of LOST and anything else of interest. How happy was I when I found season four. Sadly I had to purchase seasons one, two and three again. How happy was I when I found the Audrey Hepburn collection on three disks. I already have her collect which is stored at Policeman Brads home in Guangxi but that collection is one disk per movie which adds up to around twenty disks. I guess Brad now has a new DVD collection doesn't he! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane _________________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was by Beastie Boys The album was 'Ill Communication' __________________________________________________________

Qingming Garden &#38;amp; The Old Quarter

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