After a hectic few weeks on my return from Indonesia, I decided I needed to escape the hustle and bustle of central Guangzhou and go somewhere quieter. After thinking about it, I chose to go to the Nansha Wetland Park at the southernmost area of Guangzhou.

Jun and I knew that getting there would require some patience—two metro lines and two buses. The journey, however, was actually peaceful. Sometimes it’s nice just to sit on the train or bus and enjoy the passing scenery. When we got to Xinken we were going to wait for the bus to take us to the park, but it was taking forever. After some nudging on his part, we decided to take a motorcycle to the park. It was both an exhilarating and nerve-racking experience.

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We finally got to the park and started exploring it. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. After walking around the lotus pond we went to get the complimentary bike. We went around the park in the bike. It was fun to see the park from that perspective.

When we got to the tower we went to park our bike and go up to the tower to see the surrounding area. When we were coming down we saw that these two men were taking our bike. We ran after him and I had to use my “teacher” voice to get them to stop. When we caught up to them they started making excuses after I gave them a look. We sorted it out without any issue; Jun and I then went on our way. We found this neat little creek surrounded by dense vegetation. It was a beautiful sight. While not quite the right season for the bird migration, there were quite a number of them at the park.

After returning the bike to the park we relaxed and had a snack before heading back to the village. When we got there we decided to explore it and also get our hair cut there. The village had the same feel to it that my home in Oklahoma has. It was nice to experience that feeling here.

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The daytrip to Nansha was what I needed to feel centered again. It was a nice day getting to explore a new area and to spend some time with Jun.

 

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