Turtle-necking in Wuxi

Monday was a public holiday – Tomb Sweeping Day, where Chinese visit, clean and worship the graves of departed ancestors.  So, DragonBoy and I visited Wuxi, a city of over 5 million located a 1 hour train ride west of Shanghai.

We spent most of the day at the Turtle Neck Peninsular, a huge natural reserve to the south of the city and on the shores of Tai Hu, the third largest lake in China.  The reserve is well known for its cherry blossoms, which are flowering at the moment and were the main reason for our trip.

It seems we weren’t the only ones with the same idea …. (I guess people needed to do something distracting after all that tomb-sweeping)

The reserve is heavily forested, but contains a multitude of pavilions, pagodas, temples and statues of religious figures – none of them are authentic but its cute nonetheless.

My favourite was the Matchmaking Temple (I’m pretty confident that this is not a traditional role for a temple).  Youngsters were flooding to the place to tie a love-wish-in-a bottle to the temple wall.

The blessed ones (ie loved-up couples) also return to the temple to add a padlock engraved with their names (available from the temple gift shop) to a large sculpture that presumedly symbolises eternal love.

All this is a bit cheesy perhaps.  But there is no doubt that parks and reserves here are used by thousands of people who all look pretty happy, so that can’t be a bad thing…

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3 Responses to Turtle-necking in Wuxi

  1. ange says:

    Love this last image! but am cad blind… no idea what they are!

  2. They are mini padlocks, in their squillions, attached to a sculpture. Perhaps I need to more explicit in relating the text to the images…?

  3. ange says:

    Nope… on second reading it all makes sense. I just got a bit excited!

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