Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 8, 2016

Today, we visited a local park, Taohuayuan, or Peach Flower Park, which we hadn’t been to yet and thought it would be nice to go when the peach trees were in blossom. One of the things they had was a wishing tree, actually there were a couple, plus a wishing bamboo grove, and a wishing bridge! Wishing trees are a Buddhist tradition. You write your wish on a red paper or ribbon and throw it in the tree or tie it on a branch. There were actually ribbons tied on trees and sculptures throughout the park. I’ve seen other wishing trees that were so weighted down with ribbons, people had to put new ribbons on structures that had been built. This is done especially during festival times, so with Spring Festival having just passed, there were a lot of new ribbons!