Yesterday I was tweeted by Donna at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens that since it was the 25th day of the month (the gardens are celebrating their 25th anniversary all year long), they were having special treats for the visitors AND if you were a member (like me!) you were allowed up to the TING! The Ting is the big pagoda in the gardens and it’s usually blocked off to the public – the steps are a little tight. So, I took an early lunch and headed right over the gardens to check out the view from up there. If I had really been thinking, I would have brought some lunch with me and had my lunch up there.
The sun was shining, but it was freezing cold outside. The pond in the gardens had a sheet of ice covering it – the koi are hibernating right at the bottom of the water. The crows were hanging out by the water falls behind the Ting having a bath and, I guess, a drink.
Those crows were not afraid of people. We were standing pretty close to them and they just continued about their bathing business.
Other views from the Ting included…
All sorts of beautiful red lanterns. They still have them up!
Here are some lanterns right near the roof of the Ting.
My visit was short and sweet and I returned back to work feeling refreshed. Once I got back to the office, my buddy at work (also named Carol) said, “You sure do like those gardens!”. I have to agree. The Ting alone took 6 months to build – all the labour done without the aid of machines (the same way they built it in the 15th century), the care and pruning of all the trees and plants are done by people with years of horticultural training, and many of the roof tiles and other pieces in the gardens were brought from China. It’s kind of like being transported back in time.
I’m so glad to be able to visit it whenever I feel like it.