Saturday, March 21: It’s tough to find a good weather day in Nanning. It’s either cold and damp, hot and damp, or just generally overcast and damp. I think I could count on one hand the number of dry blue sky days, where the air is crisp and clear and comfortable, in the whole year I’ve been here. If I waited for good weather to go out, I’d stay in my apartment all the time. I do stay in a lot, in fact.
I’d written on my calendar to visit Nanhu Lake Park on this March day. It’s another cloudy day, but, as there is no rain in the forecast, I figure I’d better give it a go anyway. I was told by my students to take bus #8 from the university and take it all the way to the end. This takes me about an hour. I arrive to find a karst landscape relief sculpture on the entry gate peeking out from behind the dangling branches of a red-flowering tree.
I get my first glimpse of the Nanning skyline through the haze. Barely.
The arched bridge over the lake has delicate metal sculptures placed all along the railings.
What a lovely day for a boat ride!
On the other side of the bridge, official looking boats are lined up neatly at the dock.
In a central square, I find this statue, which seems to commemorate some revolutionary victory.
I make my way though a shaded magical forest. I love the trunks of the gnarly trees.
The constant moisture in Nanning encourages the growth of a plethora of tropical foliage.
I come upon a small bamboo forest and make my way through a path amidst the stalks.
And soon I find a pretty little pond with a stone turtle, a little bridge, rock sculptures and bonsai trees.
I love the rough weathered bark on these trees juxtaposed against the green and purple ground cover.
As I continue my stroll, I find another little pond, not as pretty as the first, with a pavilion you can walk across.
I don’t know what’s happening in this sculpture, but maybe it’s some noisy family antics.
Another section of the park has a display of bonsai trees.
After a long walk along the south side of the lake, I look back and see the bridge I crossed earlier.
Crossing back over the bridge, I can see the palm-lined walkway to the bridge.
There are some pretty flowers along the north side of the lake.
I had mentioned to some of my students that I wanted to see the movie Taken 3 with Liam Neeson this afternoon. My student Albert texts me on WeChat to arrange the time. I tell him I’m at Nanhu Park and will be home before long. When I arrive back at the university front gate, I go to Starbucks for a coffee and a sandwich. After this, I meet Albert, Leo, Stone and one other student who used to be in my class but is no longer; I’ve forgotten his name. We all enjoy the movie together. Overall, it was a slightly more fun weekend than most of the weekends when I’m stuck at home in Nanning. 🙂