Sunday, April 10, 2011

The oldies of Jingshan Park

Interesting afternoon in Jingshan Park which overlooks the Forbidden City to the north. It's famous for two things: where the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty hung himself, and where old people nowadays come to socialise. You see a lot of the latter in Beijing parks but this was amazing... hundreds of groups of people performing music, dancing and singing. The singing was performed with amazing gusto, typically with a 'conductor' surrounded by 20-30 mostly elderly men & women. Quite stirring. There was a palpable sense of tradition, nostalgia and patriotism, a few die-hards still wearing Mao suits.

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