Back in Hangzhou, Qiantang New Town Forest Park

Back in Hangzhou, Qiantang New Forest Park

When:  May 2019               Weather: Warm 20C

Nikon P900 Leica M10P 35mm Summilux

In Hangzhou once again and set off for an early 7am morning walk from the globular Hangzhou Intercontinental to the Forest Park and adjacent park to the Qiantang River.

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The unique round Intercontinental hotel hangzhou from which I started my walk

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In the park is an intricate lake framed by willows

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and in between the trees, Tai Ji practitioners

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colourful foliage

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This lovely brown shrike posed willingly

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brown shrike

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small forest park with painted trees

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perfectly proportioned bridges

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blackbird

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at times the blackbird looks brown

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grassy knolls

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contrast in colours

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we then crossed Wuxing Road to get to the CBD Park which runs along the side of the Qiantang River…

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we had a delightful encounter with the ubiquitous Light Vented Bulbul right at the entrance to the CBD park

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light vented bulbul

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dappled sunlight on foliage canopy

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the CBD park by the Qiantang River

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the Qiantang River

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brilliantly coloured foliage

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chestnut bulbul

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chestnut bulbul

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powder puffs

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we then exited the CBD park opposite the Hotel and headed past this flowerbed to a large elevated platform overlooking the river….

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where a black crowned night heron watched proceedings

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a wagtail eyeing a dead fish on the riverbank

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wagtail

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and finally an insistent cheep from the trees on the platform revealed a scaly breasted munia…

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scaly breasted munia

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and heading back to the hotel on the overhead bridge, this elderly gentleman provided perfect contrast to the modernity that is Hangzhou today…

This 2 hour walk encompassing the Qiantang New Town Forest Park and the CBD Park was a perfect way to start the morning….with lovely gardens and a few birds to boot!

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