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Century Park Day Out

Century Park is the largest park in Shanghai, covering 140 hectares with large areas of greens, trees and lakes.  There are multiple childrens’s play areas, picnic and fishing areas.  It is a blend of East and West, with the park’s landscaping combining British, Japanese, and Chinese gardening styles.   The only down side is that dogs are not allowed.  We spent a lovely day in the sunshine at this park. 

The Entrance to Century Park

The Entrance to Century Park

We rented a bicycle and rode around the entire park:

Bicycle made for 4!

Bicycle made for 4, yet there were only 2 of us pedalling!

I say we, but it was just Owen and I doing the pedalling with the kids telling us to go faster!  It was a great way to see the park and we were able to decide where to go back to.    The kids wanted to ride in a boat, ride the horses and eat ice cream so that is exactly what we did.

Both of the children attract attention from the locals because of their fair hair.  Oliver also has a double crown which is considered incredibly lucky in China so lots of people want to touch him because of that.  As you can imagine, neither of them are very fond of this, and my protective mother hen instinct also kicks up a notch.  We did not let this spoil our day – we smiled nicely and kept on walking.

By the Big Lake in Century Park

By the Big Lake in Century Park

One of the bridges over one of the lakes

Riding the horses!

Isabelle and Oliver attempting to ride the bike themselves

A boat ride.  (Oliver took this picture!)

Still on the boat.  Isabelle took this picture.