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Fuxing Park, 9am

Welcome to Fuxing Park, my local park. It’s a pretty extraordinary place. On any given morning it will be filled with….oh….about 1500 people, just going about their morning park business. Which may be…………

………group calisthenics…..anyone under 60 should not attempt these difficult arm swinging moves.


Or some solo tai chi? I’m not sure how she kept her composure and balance because there was a large group playing their maraccas right next to her. And next to them was the ‘Happy Every Day’ choir, who sing bracing communist era songs as a morning wake-up.


You could find a quiet spot to read the paper, away from the maraccas………………….


……or chat with friends………………………….


…………or take up ballroom dancing! This is by far the most popular activity with no less than 10 different ballroom groups competing for space around the park. Waltz? Jive? You’ll find it here. So when you’re in Shanghai make sure to spend a morning at the park. Oh! I forgot to mention there’s also kite-flying, chinese chess, free blood pressure checks, chinese opera, an area to practice your musical instrument in, sword fighting, badminton, diablo, card games…….you get the idea.