In the morning, just as in Zhongshan Park in Shanghai, Lianhuashan Park is full of people starting their day with exercise, games, and socializing. At the bottom of the hill, and again at the top, are several exercise dance groups.
Exercise dance groups in the park
At the base of the hill is a set of exercise equipment, but apparently more interesting to everyone, ping pong tables.
Exercise equipment and ping pong in the park
Next to the ping pong tables is a plaza where, behind a colorful bush, people are practicing with their swords.
Behind the sign and bushes, sword practice
After watching the sword work for a while, I head up the hill to the top. A lot of people are also either going up or down the steps or hiking up the road.
Taking the steps up and down or hiking up the road
At the top is the statue of Deng Xiaoping, the leader of China who created Shenzhen as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, growing it from a few thousand people at that time to the current 15 million or so.
Deng Xiaoping, overlooking downtown and the Shenzhen City Hall
Heading down from the plaza at the base of the statue, at the bottom of the hill, I run across some great floral displays close to the walkway to the Shenzhen City Hall, which has its own great displays (next blog posting).
Floral sculpture at the park entrance close to city hall
And, I can't resist one more floral picture of the plantings and flowering trees that provide shade along the streets outside the park.
Color along the streets outside the park
Raking the fall leaves