Ink Stone Washing Pool at Dongpo Park

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There are actually three public parks in Changzhou’s city center: Renmin, Hongmei, and Dongpo. Out of all of them, Hongmei Park is the biggest with the most attractions. After all, Tianning Temple and its pagoda are there. Renmin is near Nandajie. Dongpo Park, on the other hand, is far down Yanling Road going east. You pass Hongmei on the B2 going there. It’s almost far enough out of the way where it doesn’t seem “downtown” at all. However, it’s worth the visit.

It usually doesn’t seem as crowded as the other two. But, like most parks, it’s hard to write about the place in its entirety for one blog post. It is important to realize, though, that sometimes it feels like two separate parks. One half is an island in the nearby canal, and here is where you would find the statue to one of China’s most culturally significant poets. The other part, however, seems more general with foot paths going up and down hills.

One attraction here would be Ink Stone Washing Pond. It’s looks like a man made body of water surrounded by large, weathered rocks. These rocks are filled with nooks and crannies. It’s a nice place, over all, to kills sometime and get a walk in. However, last time I visited, I got munched on by mosquitoes.

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