Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite thing to do in Shanghai is that is the most local type of experience and best way to get away from the city life, without a beat I will tell them about the parks. I love them. You see the true pulse of the city each day. In the mornings, the old locals emerge from their homes at the crack of dawn to dance, talk, and throw their bodies awkwardly against trees to get their qi in line. Throughout the day, little children run around the park with their split bottom pants flowing freely in the wind (these are the pants with a slit right down the bottom so if they need to take a pee, the parents can just pick them up and hold them as they pee onto the street…how charming). In the evening, another crowd of exercisers brings an late burst of energy to the park with karaoke performances and salsa dancing.
But the mornings are my favorite. And this is why:
This dude was clearly making the moves on this lady. He whipped out his erhu (that’s a Chinese instrument, you SICK PEOPLE who thought I was using some sort of Chinese slang for some inappropriate thing…jeez!) and played some music to serenade his lady friend in the park this Saturday morning.
I want that one and that one and that one and that one and that one. The children of Changning District love to hit up the make shift stall near the front gate of Zhongshan Park for their everyday toy needs.
Of course the park is under construction. After four years of living by Washington Square Park in NY and having that be under construction for the majority of the time I was there, it would make sense that this park is now getting fixed up for the next year.
In today’s news: “Stop it, I wear MY PJS to the park TOO! Let’s be besties.”
Just in case you get a little bored of plain old walking, badminton, and sipping on some jasmine tea, you can ride on this bad boy or the pirate ship or the bumper cars or…the carousel.
The park attendants make sure to monitor these salsa dancing events, making sure there ain’t no hanky panky that’s going on during this classy affair.
The best representation of the madness of Zhongshan Park. A guy walking around with his sword as people do tai chi in their tai chi clothes…and not how no one around them is phased at all.