Chengdu Spring

23 Apr

 Well, after the longest winter ever*, it is most definitely spring. No longer must I wear five layers and coat, my leggings are firmly relegated back to the bottom of my drawers, and any scarf that I put on is firmly for aesthetic purposes only.


The local flora and fauna** seems to agree. After months of depressing gray, Chengdu is downright pretty this time of year. Sunny, occasional blue skies, warm temperate weather. This is the sort of weather that encourages people to pack up and move house. Of course, this is a cruel, cruel trick, given what the weather here is like the other eleven months of the year. But frankly, I’m enjoying Chengdu’s decent four weeks of weather while it lasts. And I swear to Odin, I actually smelled night-blooming jasmine the other day. It’s a miracle, I tell you.

Behold: greenery. And flowers! I have never been so happy to see flowers in my life.***

Okay, technically this was part of the razed community garden. But still, flowers!

A flowering tree over by the cafeteria.

I think we have these flowers in NY, actually.

The fenced-in field by the dorms.

A close up of the flowers just outside the dorm gates.

Magnolia flowers, I think?

*Not actually hyperbole; even long-time Chengdu residents were appalled at how long winter lingered on. Like a bad cold.

**Well, I’m not sure about the fauna. I haven’t seen much in the way of wildlife here outside the zoos, just stray cats and dogs, and rats. Oh, and bats.

***Somewhere in Vegas, my grandma is extremely happy for no apparent reason.


4 Responses to “Chengdu Spring”

  1. Karen April 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    We are sitting in our kitchen reading this blog and laughing. We are happy that spring has raised your spirits. Maybe you’ll become a gardener sometime in your life, you at least have an awareness of the beauty of nature. It’s very pleasurable to make our own environment beautiful.

    • Jane April 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Probably a no on the gardener thing. I think I’ve killed my poor cactus.

      • Karen April 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

        You’re watering it too much. Do you know what kind of cactus it is? Send me a picture. I know you have a camera ;) It’s probably rotting.

  2. Dani April 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Those pink flowers are NUTS. :D

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