Greetings from China!
Did you know that right next to the huge Beijing metropolis lies 300 hectares of magnificent trees, grass and lakes. Surrounded by suburb after suburb the Chaoyang Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Chaoyang_Park) is where all the locals seem to gather to take it slow and get time off from the buzz. Any time of the year!
My trip in China has been a timely one. But what does a green thumb do traveling when the nature is about to go back to sleep?
The simple answer is, this is the time of the year when I have time off from my work in agriculture. But that’s only half of the story. I think that the autumn change in season is one of the grandest displays of nature. For me, nothing could be more relaxing than looking at the leafs falling and feeling the cold breeze brushing my hair.
This garden tip is the laziest of them all as it requires no work from your part:) Go to the park on a very cold autumn day, but preferably sunny day and very windy as well. Take a news paper with you, find a bench to sit down in the park, realize that it’s simply impossible to read the news paper in that wind. Run after the flying newspaper and voila, you are ready to enjoy and relax now.
My personal tour guide was very understanding as I don’t enjoy the normal touristic routes much. There was a woman picking up something from the ground and I asked my guide from May Tours (http://maytoursbeijing.info) to go and ask her what she was doing. Turns out the woman was looking for leaves and sticks to warm her little hutong house nearby. Seems not everyone is fortunate enough to have an opportunity to just enjoy shuffling in the leaves.
Autumn leaves scattered around the lake.
With strong wind the lake stays calm.
High rise buildings in the distance.
People enjoying the view.
Walk down the path or take a bench.
Right next to the park, we went to see the Chaoyang Acrobatic Show (http://maytoursbeijing.info/beijing-acrobatic-show-tickets).
It was magnificent.