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Published: October 11th 2012
Autumn is just about here
Yellow leaves all about to fall
Still walking in Jinan
I have only a half day teaching on Thursday, quick canteen lunch and I got back to the campus around 2pm.
My little expat treat today was crackers with REAL cheese and tomatoes and plunger coffee.
More walking today, between the huge amounts of veges I am eating and all the walking I should be getting thin!!
Today I headed off to find Daming Lake. So turn left off Lishan Lu onto Huayuan Lu and the veer left onto Dongguan Lu.
This area is again middle of the road China, whole avenues of food stalls and pavement shops, pet vendors with squirrels, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats and dogs in cages and a huge cage of chirping crickets in one area.
There was also a massive indoors Paddy Market type of place selling what looked like everything and anything, bike shops, people out and about, busy busy life.
Daming Lake appeared in the distance with a canal the first sign of water.
Beautiful willow trees line the canal, the willow is the tree symbol of Jinan and the lotus is
Rabbits and guinea pigs
Really hope these are pets!
the flower symbol.
I only popped into the lake area for a quick look, you need a day to do this justice, there are numerous areas, pavilions, places to look at and activities to see.
I found men playing cards in one area, table tennis games in another (I may just join them), children playing with sand, families walking, exercising and enjoying.
Following the canal east for some time I really enjoyed the serenity of the pretty walk ways and the water views. Mobile hairdressers had set up their trade along the banks, fishermen were trying their luck, people were swimming in one area, more cards, board games, tai chi, one lady washing her hair, other households drawing water, beautifully laid out, so well maintained and presented. It was not busy or crowded in any way.
Quite a few of the older people are so willing to try out their English and give me a smile as I walk by and a quick hello. I’ve seen so few expat females, some in Carrefour, a very ginger haired girl in McD speaking great Mandarin with some locals, and a couple in
Crickets as big as your thumb were in this display, chirping away. These are pets
the expat shops.
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