A walk in Hefei’s Circum City Park

24 Sep

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.

A peaceful day on the river - the water is so clean that you can see the reflection

A peaceful day on the river – the water is so clean that you can see the reflection

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.

The pavilion perched on the river with a tall building in the background

The pavilion perched on the river with a tall building in the background

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?

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13 Responses to “A walk in Hefei’s Circum City Park”

  1. herschelian September 24, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    We went down to Wuhan to see the tomb of the Marquis Yi of Zeng – as one does!
    Fab weather here in BJ at the moment.

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      I have seen some of the BJ blue sky photos recently. Shanghai has been hot, but just cooled down last night. I haven’t been to Wuhan yet – worth the trip?

  2. Valerie September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Too much! A wedding, mother in laws birthday dinner, a 2 year old birthday party and lots of work on a room that is under construction. I need another weekend quick!

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Thank you! It was a great day! Leave soon on our adventure. Sounds like you need another weekend, Happy hump day!

  3. Every Day Adventures in Asia September 24, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Stunning photos!! And secretly pleased you did not have to be ‘obligated’ to attend the wedding after all. 🙂

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Me too! The photos turned out better than I could have hoped, but it was also a beautiful day with a beautiful theme. Some times you just need to enjoy.

  4. Sherri September 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    It really does look beautiful, and no wedding after all 🙂

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Yep! Great sunny day. The train ride back – not so peaceful, but for the morning anyway, relaxed and fun.

  5. Ah, this is the city that I spent many years in! Is your husband from there? I’m sure a lot has changed since I left.

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      My husband is from Anhui province, but his sister lives in Hefei. We spent some time with her and her family over the holiday. I have been to Hefei half a dozen times now and it has changed a lot. The new subway project is enormous. This time though we were in the center of the city so that area appears to have been more stable.

  6. expatlingo September 25, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Looks very peaceful and nice! Glad you had a nice visit. Here in Hong Kong, we enjoyed a small hike in Sai Kung Country Park and saw lots of trash left over from Mid-Autumn Festival celebrants… Then we hunkered down for the (luckily pretty uneventful) typhoon.

    • gkm2011 September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      I heard the worst of the typhoon was in Guangdong. Glad to hear no problems for you. I agree, typical park experiences are normally full of trash here so I was pleasantly surprised!

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