Monday, October 3, 2011

Nanjing's Xuanwu Lake Park (10/3/2011)

Monday, October 3, 2011
Cloudy, but not raining today. Took the Metro to Xuanwu Lake Park, and joined the crowds heading in, being entertained by an obese pig-headed character:
He may be Zhu Bajie, a character from the classicla Chinese novel, "Journey to the West."
Exercise or fun?
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The Xuanwu Gate:
Cleaning out among the lotus plants:
Posing:
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It was chrysanthemum time:
 Posing:
View back towards the city:
Mum flying geese:
First the island of Huan.
Rockery:
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Statue of Guo Pu: 
He was a 4th century litterateur and scientist who was killed by a rebellious general...
His cenotaph:
A sundial without the shadow-maker:
Prayer wheels:
Prayer ribbons:
Children's activities included fishing for goldfish:
And playing with sand toys in brown rice:
Watching the polymer clay artist:
Mi Fu Worshipping Stones:
Statue of Guanyin, goddess of mercy:
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The island of  Liang.
Terace with mum designs:
Another view of the city and Nanjing's tallest skyscraper:
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Gateway to Hushen Temple:
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Tai qi:
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Pavilion:
Mum dragon:
Mum dragon's head:
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Moon gate:
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Branches of a crape myrtle tree:

Ad for children's photography:
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Mum guardian lions:
Mum bonsai:
Big mums:
Stonescape:
Bonsai fruit tree:
Diospyros lotus/Date Plum or Caucasian Persimmon.
Bonsai with old trunk:
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Bonsai forest:
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Bonsai pomegranate tree:
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More bonsai:
Interesting trunk:
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Stonescape:
Stonescape detail:
The secret behind the mum bonsai:
Mum bonsai:
Conservatory pool:
Bonsai evergreen:
Bonsai loropetalum:
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Japanese maple:
Feeding the fish:
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The island of Cui:
Mum fish:
Back on the island of Huan.
Nuona Tower:
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Bridge to the island of Ying:
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Pergola:
Work boats in the lotus:
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Rose Garden:
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The fifth and last island of Ling.
Flower petals from the Osmanthus/tea olives:
Former zoo:
Music speaker:
Taking a photo of the disembodied head:
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View towards Purple Mountain:
View toward Huan Island:
Coconut drink:

Leaving Xuanwu Lake Park at the City Wall:
Jiefang Gate:
Inscribed brick of the City Wall:
Selling horned water chestnuts and Chinese dates/jujubes: 
Cotton ccandy vendor:

Fortune teller:
 Candied fruit vendor:

Jimling Temple:

The Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex:
Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Drum Tower:
Drum Tower:
Nanjing University/Art Institute:
Basketball courts: 
Ivy league:
Pedestrian street at night:
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You can see lighted toy helicopters shooting up in the air.
Qinhuai River at night:
Tonight we had dinner at our hotel, the Jinling Hotel.

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