Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 5: Park Strolls and Panda Zoo

Our favorite part of the day, by far, is after breakfast when we are able to walk the perimeter of the lake right outside our hotel.

A wooden boardwalk lines the shore and the chinese people love and use their parks so much more than we do in the states.  Groups of women do tai chi while men sit at tables playing cards, children pop bubbles from the local street vendor's toy stand and mothers sit fanning themselves with babies under foot.

 It is beautiful to see generations mingling together and the scenery is breathtaking.

Even the street vendor's sign is gorgeous!

Jack is such a great traveler - he just enjoys taking it all in.

Even their manhole covers are ornate!

We stopped by a Panda Zoo this morning on our walk - for $10 we climbed a thousand steps (with a stroller - not recommended) and sweated off about 5 pounds each.  We did see a panda though!

Jack watched the red panda exhibit with careful attention.

There are more varieties of plants in their public parks than I have ever seen in one place before... and they have all been planted with purpose in an overall design, which is gorgeous!  I'm not a photographer but even I couldn't take a bad picture of the plantlife.

We are looking forward to a change of scenery tomorrow, when we head to Guangzhou by plane but we will miss West Lake Park in Fuzhou.

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