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“The Best Park in China”

Chengdu Renmin Park
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The moment I got into this park, I couldn't stop smiling. I've been to many parks in China, but the park that I remember the most is Chengdu's People's Park (Renmin Park is known also as People's Park and no wonder - there are so many people). The best time to be there is in the afternoon, then there are a lot of Chinese people doing a lot of things. You can really see their culture and happiness when walking around the park:
People dance and sing, watch small performances, play Chinese instruments, play cards, do Tai Chi, do movements with swords and the most beautiful thing, in my opinion: they write down old chinese poetry in calligraphy on the pavement with a huge, sponge brush and water. Afterwards the park keepers can use a water hose to wash the poetry away.
The park is beautiful - there are many trees and there is a small lake in the middle, where you can ride on small boats. There is also a part where they store small, interesting looking trees. And there's a place with chinese fish. And you can find a stand that sells sugar-candies in a very special way: you need to turn a wheel and it stops on a figure of an animal - the figure it stops on will turn into your candy. The seller will make the candy on the spot according to the figure that you got. It's really nice!
Wow! I really really loved People's Park. It's been almost a month since I've seen it, and I still smile when I think about it.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

As with all city parks in China, it is well maintained and used. A large free park convenient to downtown. A walk around at any time of day is well worth it to get a glimpse of the Chinese way of life. you will see people, dancing, exercising, practising taijichuan, calligraphy, playing musical instruments, playing chess or cards. It is the best way of experiencing all this in one place. Plus it is a lovely place.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is a popular hang out for the locals and its also good if you want to drink some tea and have your ears cleaned!

The park, like a lot of public spaces in China is very well used and all sorts of activities are enjoyed by the locals.

Some people can be found sleeping, there are many groups doing various sorts of dancing, many are engaged in karaoke, theatre shows, exercise groups, dancing, etc.

If you decide to sample tea in the tea house in the park then be prepared to be approached by the infamous ear cleaners who will sell hard to convince you it's what you want and need.

If you do decide to do it then I recommend you haggle the price for sure as they will definitely be quoting a high price to start with.

one thing worth seeing is the old men practising calligraphy in the park with their large sponge brushes using a solution of water. They write classic chinese phrases and poetry which is eco friendly as it simply evaporates!

Thank channy8dan
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Apparently every day groups of people get together, dress in costumes and put on different dance routines--from Madonna like moves, to old Chairman Mao routines, Chinese cowboy songs, amateur comedies, ethnic dances, fashion shows. Lots of other people come to watch, sitting on little plastic stools that are provided. There were probably more than 15 performances all going on at once around a big circle with more dancing in the circle. The groups brought their own boom boxes, and the talent varied widely (but the less talented were no less entertaining--I'm thinking of the play that involved a villain with an automatic gun, a mistreated heroine and her mother, and a blind guy who kept poking the other actors to remind them when to speak or where to stand. It isn't clear that the others needed the prompts, but it added to the fun.

Anyhow, it was one of the highlights of our visit to Chengdu. Honestly better than pandas.

Thank zjemi
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you enjoy people watching, this park is a must go. There are lots of activities here but most notably ball room dancing by elderly men and women who change partners when a new song is played. There are other activities such as singing, exercise, karaoke, mob flash dance, cosplay, mahjong, card playing and even parents looking for a match for their unwed child.

Thank dt
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