While we were exploring Zhongshan Park about two weeks ago, on another Monday with Mari, we found a tiny little forest. I wish I could tell you the name of this area, but for some reason, I didn’t see a sign. If I did, I definitely would have taken a picture of it – that is the only way that I can ever remember the names of the places that we have seen. If you are wandering around Zhongshan Park, I am pretty sure that you would have no trouble finding this area at all. It is near Sakura Road, the area famous for the Cherry Blossoms in the spring. Justin and I first came here back in 2012.
There’s nothing quite as enchanting as a forest with trees so tall that you feel lost as you look up. This forested area was small, but all the trees were thin and incredibly tall. There was an elevated wooden pathway built alongside the trees, but I wandered off the path to walk among these beautiful trees, and of course, to look up and admire the view.
Elijah waited patiently in his stroller with his Rhino (the “chosen toy” for this adventure) while Mariska and I explored the area. As you can probably tell, he was starting to get asleep by this point as we were nearing nap-time. On Mondays, nap-time is done exclusively in his stroller, and since we are up to periods of 3.5 hours now, I feel confident that we can travel this summer with him happily sleeping in the stroller during the day. Isn’t this kid too cute…
There goes Mariska, pushing Elijah along the path. This is pretty much the story of my life, I am always lagging behind trying to snap a few more pictures. This is beautifully relaxing area, just as most of Zhongshan Park is. Apparently, if you go on a Monday, you get to experience the park with so few guests that you barely feel like you are in China anymore. We loved it!
Location: No. 28, Wendeng Road, Shinan District, Qingdao
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
Best Travel Time: All the year round
Bus Route: 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 can take you to Zhongshan Park Bus Stop.