Sunday, February 24, 2008

On Purple Mountain

We went to the Purple Mountain Park in Nanjing on Saturday. If we were in Nanjing 2 weeks later, then we could have gone to the Plum Blossom festival. As it was, there were still some beautiful flowers on the trees, the weather was fairly nice, and families came in droves for a walk around the park, picture taking, a picnic and just to relax and have a good time.

One of the things you should do is to take pictures of the trees and also have your picture taken with tree. OK, so this is one of the about 25 pictures I took of plum blossoms. Oh yeah, and me with a tree.

There is a Ming tomb there in the park. It's not unlike the Ming tomb that is very popular for the tour guides to take people to in Beijing. It's almost just as exciting as the one in Beijing, too! Among the many statues of animals that were around this tomb, there was an ancient turtle. We listened to one of the tour guides here tell us that people will get good luck by stroking the turtle on the head, and then also stroking the turtle on it's backside. Here's a picture of Jorg getting good luck by petting the turtle butt.

Here's a family taking a picture of Grandpa.

And here is Grandpa.

This is a family enjoying a picnic together in the plum forest.

This is a kind of a ride you could take at the top of a hill. For about a dollar and a half you can sit in the chair and these guys will take you for a bouncy ride around the top of the park while some traditional folk music plays. It really looked like fun, but I didn't want to do it. Maybe next time!

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