Sun-Wen Lotus Pond│Zhongshan Park. Last Monday, on our most recent “Monday with Mari”, we visited Zhongshan Park. This is the largest and oldest park in Qingdao City. We took a lovely stroll through various gardens and along many garden paths. We weren’t aiming on finding anything specific, except for Sakura Road, but the Sun-Wen Lotus Park was a nice find. A narrow bridge zig-zags across a lotus-filled body of water, and leads to a pagoda in the middle. There were a couple people resting under the shade of this traditional Chinese structure. One old man sat reading this newspaper, and another was looking out over the water. Fortunately for us, the park was relatively empty – by Chinese standards – so we didn’t have to maneuver through any crowds. We also had great views along the bridge, and around the pond.
“Sun-Wen Lotus Pond symbolizes a friendly relationship between China and Japan. It is said that in the late Qing Dynasty, when Sun Zhongshan (孙中山) was in Japan, he was helped by a Japanese friend named Tian Zhonglong (田中隆). Sun gave Tian four lotus seeds as a gift to represent pure friendship. Tian Zhonglong asked a botanist friend to plant them and he later named their seeds “Sun-Wen Lotus”. In 1995, the chairman of the China-Japan Friendship Association came to Zhongshan Park and personally planted the ”Sun-Wen Lotus” seeds to celebrate 15 years’ of friendly city status between Xiaguan and Qingdao.”
~ Source of Info
That’s a great picture of us with our dear friend, Mariska. A fellow South African and now a fellow Expat living abroad. She lives in a more distant suburb of Qingdao, but we are really enjoying our Mondays packed full of explorations and quality time.
What a sweet friend!
We spent a number of hours in Zhongshan Park, so as you can imagine, we have a couple of other posts to share. We also explored a few floral gardens, a beautiful archway, and a forest. Look out for those posts in the next few days.
Location: No. 28, Wendeng Road, Shinan District, Qingdao
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
Bus Routes: Local bus no. 6, 15, 26, 31, 202, 206, 214,
219, 223, 228, 231, 302, 304, 306, 312, 316, 317, 321,
370, 501, 604, or 605 will get to the Zhongshan Park Bus Stop.