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9 o'clock on the Sunday morning in Lu Xun Park(魯迅公園), music swirling in the air, my body felt like swaying into the rhythm together with all these mates. With all the trees around them they were all enjoying the beat, the fresh air and the exercise.
Ballroom dancing in park is a common scene in Shanghai or any parks in China. But this is the first time I actually participated in one of them. My partner, Ms. Wang, took it very seriously as she whispered the steps into my ears: " one two three, one two three, bon cha cha, bon cha cha..." Not far from the 'ballroom', there was another crowd in a more shady corner. Accordion music, accompanied with operatic singing: "如果是這樣, 你不要悲哀..." A song that I like so much that I couldnt resist joining in...The piece of paper with lyrics was hung high upon a pole, so everybody could follow.
Or if you prefer doing something more traditional, there is this Tai Chi class you can follow.
Not only does the park provide room for dancing, but offers space for people to have a game of chess with their buddies. Else, it is also a venue to receive music lessons, such as playing violins and Er-Wus.
Sketching lesson for children is also available. English corner is for people like me, who is still learning the language. It provides a good environment not only to practise the language but to meet people from all over the world.
Children racing boats in the lake, people strolling leisurely, or even taking forty winks.. All these activities in a park make a Sunday more enjoyable.
But the highlight of this park is not the crowd that forms a Sunday morning, It is the Tomb and Museum of Lu Xun, from whom the Park got its name. Lu Xun (魯迅), the founder of modern Chinese writing, as well as a renowned and influential writer and teacher in the early 20th century, he took residence in Shanghai at his last decade of his life. This beautifully constructed Museum is situated at the eastern side of the park, and it homes most of Lu Xuns manuscripts and writings. There is also a little bookstore where you can find most of his published books.
article published 1/16/2005