Do you like to travel? I do. Whenever I find myself in a new place, I always try to visit the parks, gardens and other green spaces.
I have been fortunate enough to have visited China on three separate occasions and took some time to see the beautiful garden spaces scattered throughout several regions. Today, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites.
Of course you’d expect to see dragons represented in Chinese art and architecture, but maybe not in pruned shrubs. This pair of green dragons were spotted in southern China in the city of Guangzhou.
In the center of China is the Hunan province. During a visit to its main city, Chansha, we visited a large park where art students sat and sketched the beautiful, surrounding scenery. Couples dancing to a favorite tune while a nearby group practiced the ancient art of Tai chi. Soon to be wed couples posed for wedding photos wearing rented Western bridal wear – it wasn’t unusual to see a bride wearing jeans and tennis shoes underneath her fancy white wedding dress.
At the same park, a gardener could be seen tending to a tree. Some parks in China charge a small admission fee to access the grounds while others do not.
Along the East coast of China lies the Zhejiang province and its principal city of Hangzhou is the honeymoon capitol of China. West Lake takes up a large part of the landscape and the grounds surrounding it are a great way to spend a summer afternoon surrounded by green beauty, including large amounts of lotus plants on the water.
Visiting West Lake in winter, offers another type of beauty that emphasizes the different shapes and texture of plants in the landscape including ornamental grasses and weeping willows.
Examples of small garden spaces can be seen along major streets such as this ornamental planting of kale with its purple and white heads.
If you ever have a chance to visit China, I encourage you to take some time to see its beautiful green spaces during your garden travels.