Tulips in China? Qingming Festival at Tai Zi Wan Park
For the Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Barry, our house guest Satina, and I went with three of my students into Hangzhou to Tai Zi Wan Park at the south end of West Lake. This incredible park is famous for its spring flowers, and we joined a throng of others to admire the blossoms on our first actual spring day.
Qingming Festival is a traditional Chinese event held on the 104th day after winter solstice (or the 15th day from the spring equinox). Qingming is a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime. Families often use this holiday to tend the graves of loved ones.
The two guys who joined us in Hangzhou are Catherine’s cousin, Aaron, and his roommate, Vio. They are studying Chinese traditional medicine in a program that lasts seven years. They may be a good connection to have in about ten years (after they have some experience). It was fun to have the students with us.
People in the park were fun to see too.
When we went to West Lake later in the afternoon, the crowds were even thicker than at Tsi Zi Wan Park.
We spent a wonderful spring day enjoying flowers and watching people. Spring is fantastic. Aloha, Renee