Most of these activities I have seen from time to time, but never all in one place or at such scale. The warm temperatures must have brought out the crowd. I think these pictures really show what the older generation enjoy doing in their free time. I suppose I can admit there really are many things I enjoy about China. The "feel" at this park is one of them. Okay, enough babble, enjoy the picture show!
You won't find anyone above 6 practicing their ABC's in the park in the US, but with a system of characters it is not uncommon to see older men or women using these brushes and water to practice writing. I believe there are somewhere around 20,000 characters, but I think knowing 3,000 to 4,000 qualifies you as being fully literate. Study up!
|I imagine these people probably know many more than the standard and are attempting to retain their knowledge and demonstrate for others.|
|The kids fishing pond. Many moms, dads and grandparents spending the afternoon fishing with their little ones.|
With as many people as there were fishing on this one day, I pictured workers dumping buckets of fish into the pond each morning.
|They were fishing for goldfish!|
So many people playing instruments, all of them older. I wonder if the younger generation will know how to play them?
|The guy playing the bells took his part very seriously.|
|Also lots of singing, no Miley Cryus songs here.|
There was also a large mass of dancers. It was really pretty sweet.
|Heels are a must anywhere you go.|
|The dancers and their audience.|
|Clif asked if I wanted to take M on the ride, I declined after seeing some split pants ride past us.|
You could also find some people practicing their Tia-Chi.
And no matter where you go there is always some young couples canoodling!
The only activity I did not snap a picture of is the old men playing games such as Chinese checkers. If we had more time I think it would have been a perfect spot to people watch. Suzhou Park is for sure a place you should check out before you leave.