Sunday in Beijing   Leave a comment

As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is a political, historical and cultural mecca for Chinese citizens and people from all over the world.  Blended in between the city’s Hou Tons, small villages resembling old world maze like communes; are remnants from China’s age of emperors and dynasties; a glistening modernistic  Beijing skyline; and western influences  like Starbucks, Hooters, McDonald’s, and Wal-Mart are abundant opportunities to be engaged in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.  The city is both about what China has brought to the world, and what the world has brought to China.

One of the remnants of the age of emperors gave me an experiences that I will cherish for a long time.  One Sunday we took a walk through Beihai (North Sea) Park.

Located in the center of Beijing, Beihai Park has been around for over 1,000 years.  It is one of the China’s largest imperial gardens and believed to carry powers that strengthen one’s health, spirit and opportunities for prosperity.

On the day of our visit, the park was vibrant, full of life, people and good energy.  Sunday is exercise day and a time that many seniors are in the park.  They do not have to pay the regular admissions fee on Sundays. Chess games, checkers and mahjong were being played.  There were musicians, dancers, walkers and strollers.  There were Tai Chi, fitness and meditation groups.  There were card players, needle crafters and artists.  There was a space where parents and grandparents gathered to look for spouses for their children and grandchildren.  Out of respect to them our guide asked us to not take pictures.  People talked, napped and brought their lunch.

Music, laughter, prayer and sounds of joy were abound.  I tried to linger as long as I could to watch the Tibetan dancers (above left) or see the lady (above right) practice another form or listen to the guy below mesmerize others and me along with his band mates.  Our tour guide kept coming to get me.  I was sorry to hold my group back.  Well mostly.  My spirit found such peace in this place.  I just wanted to stay.

Please join me on a photographic walk through Beihai Park.  Perhaps through my photos you can see why I could have been there all day.

Posted August 30, 2012 by Wayne

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