Exploring Nan Mountain
Chongqing is a city surrounded by mountains, sitting in a valley where two rivers, the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, cross. This has its perks and disadvantages – even though there is unpredictable weather (rain for days on end, and heat that could bake a cake) and mostly clouds, there are also beautiful scenic landscapes one can go explore.
This past week was just the perfect week to visit the southern part of Chongqing’s Nan Shan (literally, “South Mountain”). It was the first nice day in weeks – the sun broke away from the clouds and it was a comfortable temperature outside. I accompanied my friend to visit the botanical garden located near the top of the mountain.
It was a large and very beautiful garden, with lots of blooming trees and flowers. I had missed out on sakura season in Japan, but there were definitely some sakura and ume blossoms blooming that day. It was very pretty, and definitely felt like spring. The sunny day brought tons of other onlookers and picnickers to the gardens as well – groups of people were sitting in the grass to enjoy the sunshine, eating snacks or playing cards with each other. Little children chased after bubbles their friends would blow from their little bubble tubes (I got one myself when we left!).
It was definitely a great way to spend the afternoon.