Over the mid-autumn festival (which was wedding free!) we spent a lovely day in Hefei visiting Li’s sister and her family. They have recently moved apartments and are now in the downtown, more developed area and just steps away from a lovely park.
In the morning after breakfast I took the opportunity to explore a bit. The park was lovely because in the middle was a large river with bridges and pavilions spread across. On one of the pavilions there was a group of senior citizens dancing and the music accompanied me the rest of my time. There were also people playing cards and chatting on many benches spread on both banks.
It was the cleanest park I have been in in China – even though it was full of people you could tell there was a real pride of place there. Perched close to the edge were also individuals fishing with long rods and the occasional baby being followed by a grandma.
Hefei is a city of transitions – a city the size of Chicago that in China is considered small. It is a place that is growing – I saw more cranes and construction material there than in Shanghai. They are in the process of a ten year plan to put in eight subway lines and the traffic is horrendous. None of that mattered for the morning.
It was a beautiful morning during my favorite time of year in China.
What did you do over the weekend?