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People’s Park Chengdu

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People’s Park Chengdu Introduction

The People’s Park in Chengdu, located in the Shaocheng Road in downtown Chengdu, is not far away from Tianfu Square and Kuanzhai Alleys. It is known to all that popular leisure life and folk life is a portrait of Chengdu. It is in this hustle and bustle of downtown Chengdu, the People’s Park, that the living culture of laid-back pace is best presented. A visiting to People’s Park does not bring any peace in the bustle city life. As long as it does not rain, the park is always full of jollification no matter on weekdays or during holidays. People in Chengdu could always make People’s Park alive in their distinctive ways. In the morning, they could go there to have a cup of tea while reading newspapers; in the afternoon, they could gather some friends there to play Mahjong or join the dace on the square to stretch their bones, or sing together with others in the woods. In a word, you could never feel boring but could not help wondering why there are so many people here who actually “have nothing to do”, which is a confusion for tourists who come from metropolis known for their fast living pace, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It is said that you could never truly get the “hot personality” of Sichuan people until you have a taste of the spicy hotpot. It is also said that you could hardly understand the leisure life of Chengdu people until you pay a visit to the People’s Park. In Chengdu, visiting an extra scenic spot only provides you a little more view of the landscape, but staying in the People’s Park for half a day would give you a full view of Chengdu people’s life, which possibly could make you fall in love with this city.

People’s Park

A brief history of People’s Park:

The People’s Park was formerly known as Shaocheng Park, which was first built in 1911. “Shaocheng” indicated in Qing Dynasty a small city within Chengdu (in today’s People’s Park and Kuanzhai Alleys area) only for Manchu and Mongols to live. Afterwards, according to the reform in Qing Imperial Court, Shaocheng was opened up to the outside world. Trees and flowers were planted, pavilions and buildings were constructed, and lakes were created in the city to open to tourists with charge. Since then Chengdu owned its first park historically. Shaocheng Park is one of the early parks built nationwide and the earliest and first park built in Sichuan.

People’s Park 

In 1913, in order to commemorate the dead patriots of Sichuan who initiated Baolu Movement before the Revolution of 1911, “the Monument for the martyrs of Baolu Movement in the autumn of 1911” was built in the park, which is now the major historical and cultural site protected at the national level. The monument was built exclusively with bricks and stones. It is a cone-shaped one with a height of 31.86 meters, as if a huge sword pointing to the sky. This monument remains intact after going through the Diexi Earthquake in 1933 and the booming of Japanese air force in 1941. In 1942, museum, library, music square, amusement park, zoo, sports ground, lotus pond with lotus in it and peach and willows around it, as well as some new restaurants and tea houses were built. During Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, Shaocheng Park was the first choice for these progressive groups to give their speeches, do their performance, get together and raise money. Meanwhile, this place suffered twice from the booming of Japanese air force, which led to the damage of the sports ground, zoo and monument and thousands of death as well.

People’s Park 

After 1949 when New China was founded, Shaocheng Park was officially changed to “People’s Park”. And it expanded to 145 mu after years’ restoration and construction. The People’s Park (formerly Shaocheng Park) which has gone through 106 years, is now developing into a comprehensive park that integrate gardens with culture, preservation of cultural relics, patriotism education, recreation and entertainment.