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Jingshan Park


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    F.W. Plays Music in Jinshan Park

     


    J
    ingshan park is located directly across the street from the Forbidden City. The hill in the center of the park was built from the dirt that was moved to make the moat around the Forbidden City, and it is said that it was built to protect the palaces from the evil sprits that blew across the land (the spirits were most likely the dust storms that can still be a problem in the city now).

     

     

    woman in Jinshan Park does sword tai-chi.

     

     

     

    While it was once a relaxation garden for the emperors, it is now a park that anyone can enter…and many do! We went on a Sunday and the place was filled with people! Around every tree were small groups singing songs, people practicing calligraphy by writing on the sidewalks with large brushes dipped in water, men and women twirling large colorful ribbons while dancing, and people playing games, exercising, and even a woman doing tai-chi with a sword!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Ribbon Dancing in Jinshan Park

    We loved walking around and watching everyone. There was a mixture of people from all walks of life and of all ages. In fact, some of the most active people we saw were in there seventies and eighties! Nobody seemed to feel self conscious or embarrassed about how they acted or moved either. We even saw a businessman, who was walking with his wife, suddenly break out into a little dance as he passed one of the many stereos blaring music. Nobody even looked twice. It was really inspiring to see such an active culture and I wish there was a park at home like it.

     

     

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    After we people watched for a while, we walked to the top of the hill. Even though it is the highest point in Beijing, the hill wasn't that hard to climb. Along the way to the top we passed by a bunch of different pavilions. They represent one of the five tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, acrid and salt. There used to be a copper Buddha statue in the middle of each one, but they were stolen in the 1900's.
    MCFC gang at Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion
    At the top is the Ten Thousand Springs pavilion, and from up there you could see all of Beijing. We could also see the whole of the Forbidden City and we realized just how far we walked the other day when we toured it! Standing on that hill observing modern and ancient Beijing at once with the sounds of singing groups drifting up from below, we really realized we were in an all round amazing place!

     

     

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    We think the guy in this video was practicing for the new Olympic event Hacky Roping. He's probably going to get the gold.
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