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Fast Facts

Name: 嘉陵公园 | Jialing Park

Where: 重庆市江北区 | Jiangbei, Chongqing, China

What to do: Get away from the Guayinqiao Commercial Street and enjoy a small green space in Chongqing. See some funny signs.

Getting there: Exit the Guanyinqiao subway station and it’s next to the Walking Street.

Cost: Free

Green space is an uncommon sight inside the city of Chongqing.  Despite being a city built on rocky and hilly terrain, it has adapted with stairs up cliffs, 13-storey pedestrian walkways, and tunnels everywhere.  With all this odd construction in unconventional places, what few parks and gardens do exist tend to be manmade afterthoughts added to the city either along with new construction or on top of existing buildings.

An interesting one of these afterthought parks is Jialing Park, a green space in the Guanyinqiao shopping area on the northern side of the city of Chongqing.  You wouldn’t think so to look at it, but the entire park is built over top a subterranean mall, which 2 escalators on either side of the park lead to.

One entrance to Jialing Park.

One entrance to Jialing Park.

 

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Completely artificial stream looping the park.

Completely artificial stream looping the park.

As always in China, plenty of surveillance.

As always in China, plenty of surveillance.

On a rare sunny day walking around in Guanyinqiao, I went into the park for a slight change of scenery and was quite amused by the park’s version of “Keep off the Grass” signs.  Whether intentionally funny or just another example of bad translation or ‘Engrish‘, they also seemed to be somewhat deep and philosophical in an offbeat way.

 

Benjamin

Benjamin

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at PathsUnwritten.com.

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