February 2018. Parks and temples… temples and parks… China! I try to limit myself to just one or two parks per trip these days, knowing that in most cases the green spaces on offer feel like much of a muchness for a grisly old China veteran like myself. For our explorations in the city of Shenzhen, Wonderboy and I hadn’t even planned on hitting Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park. But then we ended up stumbling upon it, which is easier than you’d think considering the park covers a whopping 660.000 square meters. Seduced by the call of live operatic singing, we found the place positively crammed with excited locals out for an afternoon stroll for Chinese New Year bank holiday.
February 2018. Having opened its doors in 2004, Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park now holds National Key Park status, as awarded by The Chinese government. First timers in China will no doubt be utterly enchanted by the place, stuffed as it is with a million and one things to see and do. This giant peacock hedge sculpture serves as a good meeting point near the park entrance.
February 2018. Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park features a number of massive open squares where all kinds of daily activities take place, from badminton, rollerskating and live music to the traditional dancing that Wonderboy and I were treated to on the day of our visit. These women were simply lovin’ it, seemingly aiming their joyous gliding towards my camera.
February 2018. Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park certainly delivers on its long-winded name, with themed gardens and special flower collections galore. The above shot was taken in the Rose Garden, which proved to be hugely popular. The Chinese love photographing flowers and just about every other social media profile photo is of someone sweeping their hair back melodramatically alongside some sunflower or orchid.
February 2018. It’s quite a climb to get up to the park’s hilly forest trails, so we had to roll up our sleeves that day and haul ourself up the seemingly never-ending staircases to get onto the woodland paths.
February 2018. There are over three kilometres of wooded trails to follow in Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park. Some parts can be walked via a boardwalk, while elsewhere the going can get a bit scrambly. In any case it’s all worth it, with gorgeous trees and plants to enjoy every step of the way. And, as an added bonus, there were plenty more additions to my Sittin’ doin’ nothin’ archives.
At some point Wonderboy and I came out at Mingcui Lake, where kids go paddling in the murky green water and try to catch fish with their nets. It’s a beautiful scene, especially with Blessing Pagoda soaring out of the treetops in the background.
February 2018. Entry to Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park is free, while opening hours are daily between 06:00-22:00. To get there, jump on the subway at either the Luobao Line (get off at Zhuzilin) or alternatively go with Line 7 where there are entrance points at both Antuo Hill and Nonglin station.
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