I’ve just arrived in Urumqi, the largest city in Western China and once a major hub on the Silk Road. I didn’t get to my hostel until 4am but there’s no better way to get over jet lag than to get up early and do what everyone else does on a warm Saturday morning – go to the People’s Park.
Whether you want to sit and relax or move your body, everyone is welcome at the People’s Park. Dance, sing, do tai chi. Practice your calligraphy by dipping your bush in water and painting elegant characters on the concrete. Socialize with your friends and maybe wager some money on your favourite card game. Or just find a nice bench next to a lilly pond and watch the birds splash about. You’re sure to find something to keep you entertained. For the newly arrived tourist, it’s great people-watching and a low-stress way to begin an adventure.