Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sunday Morning in Shanghai's Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park, established in 1914, was originally the garden of James Hogg, a British land agent.  In 1941, the park was named Zhongshan Park in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a pioneer in the Chinese democratic movement, a major player in the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, and Provisional President of the Republic of China when it was established in 1912.  One great part of his legacy is the political philosophy known as The Three Principles of the People intended to make China a free, prosperous, and powerful nation:  nationalism, democracy, and the livelihood of the people.

Zhongshan Park occupies 214,200 square meters (53 acres, 21 hectares) and is beautifully landscaped.  The floral displays at the entrance welcome me into the park and set the stage for more elegance and beauty.

 Park entrance and flowerbeds just inside

Manicured and well-maintained paths lead through the sections of the park and offer a new sight and experience around each corner.

 Paths through the park

In the open areas, people are congregating in small groups and singing, dancing, making music, working out, and practicing with swords and fans.

 Groups enjoying the park

Beautifully-maintained gardens separate sections of the park, giving personality to each of the areas and something to admire as visitors transition from section to section.


And, a few sculptures are randomly scattered around to add to the delight for the eyes.


I wander into a small museum just inside the park entrance and find a history of Shanghai, the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party.  The museum emphasizes the "Cohesion Project," the interconnection, interaction, co-development, and focus on complementary aspects of each sub-district of the city with the goal of bringing everyone closer together in one community.

 Shanghai history

Zhongshan Park offers a little of everything, with something for everyone, and visiting the park is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning and watch the community turn out and have fun.

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