Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, Guangdong

I took a break today from Android stores and enjoyed the wonderful weather in Zhuhai. Instead of visiting Bailian Dong Park again, I hopped on a bus (not randomly this time) and went to Jingshan Park (景山公园). Weeks ago I noticed the park from afar because of a cart slide going down its main hill and put it on my to-do list. I will share some of my experiences today to provide a break here as well.

One of the first places I visited at the park was this temple within a set of large boulders:

Temple at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

Temple at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

Temple at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

After visiting the temple, instead of taking the chairlift up the hill:

Chair lift at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

I decided to take the stairs to help burn off a tiny bit of the weight I have gained while eating very well in Guangdong:

People with a dog on the stairs up a hill at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

At the top I enjoyed the different views of Zhuhai such as this one:

View of Zhuhai at Jingshan Park

And this boy even offered me a few moments of his paid time to look through the binoculars:

Boy looking through binoculars at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai

After spending time walking around the top of the hill, I made my way down as I had planned:

Beginning of a mountain slide at Jingshan Park in Zhuhai, China

The design of these carts seem to be common for such slides in China. I have also ridden slides in Guiyang, Guizhou province; Shantou, Guangdong province; and Xuzhou, Jiangsu province. One advantage is they are attached to the track so you don't have to worry about going too fast (I think). I used to believe that was the case for all cart slides but as I painfully discovered at a slide in Lucerne, Switzerland many years ago it is definitely not true (maybe a story for another day). Anyway, all was fine today and the slide was decent enough.

So, a temple in boulders, a little exercise, great views, and a slide all made my trip to the park well worthwhile. But maybe even more enjoyable was the opportunity to briefly chat with a variety of people at the park. I will share some of that experience in an upcoming post.

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