Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ABC Wednesday: G is for a Green Pond

Green Pond (碧潭) is a small pound in the middle of one of the rivers that flow through Taipei District.  It is really only right at the city limit and only 20 minutes from our home.  It has been a favorite place for young lovers to date and paddle the small rented boats.  The pond can be crossed by a suspended foot bridge.  Many tragedy has happened in the lake, either young couples drown in the pond from tipped over boat or heart-broken lovers jump over from the suspended bridge.  We were warned not to go to the pond to play the water when we were young.  Things have been much improved since.

Chinese Valentine Day is at the 7th of July in the Chinese lunar calendar and this year it falls on August 16.  It is kind of tradition that young lovers should cross over a bridge during that day.  Although when we went to the Green Pond, it was not exactly the Valentine Day.  Nonetheless the county has a Valentine Day Festival during that weekend.  Many people were walking across the bridge.

Here is a more artistic view of the suspended bridge.

The lakeshore and on the lake also packed with people waiting for the sunset and fireworks.

Notice the little figure on the rock.  The gentleman has been showing off jumping off the rock for many years.  The local policemen have given up on stopping him.

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Sylvia K said...

What an amazing place! Sad and beautiful at the same time. The man jumping off the rock is incredible. Great one for the G Day! Love your photos as always! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


Tumblewords: said...

Strange and melancholy, too! Fascinating post!

Roger Owen Green said...

very intriguing place, indeed.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leo said...

very nice photos :) beautiful..! good G post..!

My ABC Wednesday G

John's comments said...

Wonderful views showing us a 'hidden' corner of the world.My G is a poem about goodbye. Thank you if you nominated me for the blog of note award last week. Hope your week goes well

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Sylvia, so beautiful and yet so sad. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Alberta, Canada

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful and full of mood and melancholy!

shu said...

Love the suspesion bridge with people walking across. I don't have a whole lot of Green Pond memory.


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