I’ve been a little bit bored since I got to China, especially with a child. It seems like there are not very many parks, and the parks that are here are far apart and don’t have swings or slides. When I go out, the only thing to do is eat or buy things which all costs money. I joke, but what people do for fun here is shop or just kinda hang out on the street corner. People carry around really tiny stools that fold out and they just plop down on the curb and talk. There are small common areas all around the apartment buildings with benches and exercise equipment, nothing too exciting.
The other night I went out with my Parent in Laws to a “park” which turned out to be a closed swimming pool and a track. It was already dusk, so no pictures, but the whole track and field was covered with families walking large circles or laying about in the grass. No runners, no sports, just kids by the hundreds circling like vultures. Uhh, bad analogy. But it wasn’t fun at all to me, the lights weren’t even turned on so the whole experience was dark and strange. It took 15-20 minutes to walk there, and just 10 more minutes away was another park, and for the sake of Rayne’s boredom I insisted that we go there the next day.
Well, this place was quit a shock. The last time I was at this park was 3 years ago, and you can see it very clearly in my film Dasein Beijing. This is the areas were I walk down the path and come up a hill, behind the hill is a thicket that obscures and dense amount of road construction. Beyond the hill is a pond with a patio, at the patio two old men sing songs and play a Chinese violin. Well, check it out now.
They now have swan shaped boats for people to go around in. They literally remodeled the lake into something else. Strangely enough, everything is already rusted looking and run down. The rides aren’t even open and people don’t even rent out the boats often. I asked Haoyue why and she told me the price of 10 yen was too high and many people wouldn’t want to spend the money. The only popular spot was the new fish pond.
There was also a small one for children. But I guess because of acid rain everything was already rusted and the paint was cracked and peeling. These next photos are cliche, everyone goes to abandoned theme parks or fairs and takes pictures for a creepy look, but it really is creepy. The American fair is steeped in tradition and old fashioned values that still hold up today. As an annual event, fairs exemplify a traditional lifestyle of social gathering to view livestock, enjoy the harvest and local cooking, and socialize with people from the community. These are idealisms that are for sure less pure today, but still evident in the American mid-west. In China, there is no such thing as a “fair” with rides and since these fair grounds were open year long, people didn’t find any value in them or feel that paying money was work going in circles. So here it is:
I thought this was pretty funny 🙂
This guy with in a small, small part of the park that was still operating. It was full of rides, trampolines, bumper cars, fair oriented stuff. A family ran it and charged too much for each ride, 10 yen or a little more than 1 U.S. dollar. It was empty and depressing. So depressing. You go to a city so full of people, and the only empty spot is a fair. Who wants to go on fair rides by themselves? It just feels odd to be the only ones. So we bought a toy and left, but it made me feel even more sad.
That is the owner behind a broken Mickey Mouse Whack’ a’ Mole! She was really friendly, too bad I think her business is failing. :'(
Well, Rayne got a toy and we left; she stopped playing with it immediately. So what is fun in China?
Here is my idea of fun= Snack Food! On the left we have 3 types of dried sweet potatoes, very good but will hurt your jaw muscles. On the right are some dried flowers which are quit crunchy and Rayne loves; next to it is a cut in half dried plum pickled and so good tasting you won’t want to eat anything else.
Rayne has her own list:
Drying off after a bath = Not Fun!!! The view outside the balcony= Loads of fun!!!!
Sorry, all pictures kinda suck. LX-3, low-light, 1/8th shutter, and running around after a kid. 90% are crooked, I’m always shooting crooked.