|Kirk loves willows--they remind him of his home in Blanding!|
It's so nice to go anywhere where the beautiful plants and delicately-curved buildings are peaceful and restful. We frequently see elderly people in the parks, relaxing, chatting, playing mahjongg or even this delightful man who was writing calligraphy on the sidewalk with a huge brush using the water from the fountain as his "ink".
The park is a memorial to the famed poetess Xue Tao. She was also the inventor of dyes made from flowers (using the petals of the cockscomb and water lily) and wrote her poems in the dark red dye. There is a well which you can see in the park where she made the dyes, and there are statues of her and copies of her poetry on display.
|Poetess Xue Tao and her admirer.|
|The decorations on the buildings are so lovely. See the colorful wood sculpture above my head to the right.|
There are 23 or so different kinds of bamboo in this park. Some of them are so huge, and others, small and delicate. There is one spot where you can go through a bamboo archway.
The rock formations and how they are integrated into the stairways and fountains are also so beautiful!
And more fun Chinese/English translations! Can you tell what they're saying?
|Watch your head. (This was on some low stairs.)|