The Huxinting Teahouse is one of the central features of the Yu Gardens in the Old City. To the left is the zigzag Bridge of Nine Turnings. This bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Shanghai. It was impossible to get a clear view of the whole bridge without being higher up. Either from a drone or nearby building, neither of which I had access to. Visiting the gardens was the first thing I did on my first visit to China a few weeks ago. With a 24 hour stopover in the city, I went straight to the gardens early on a Saturday morning. It was very crowded, as expected.
Walking around the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, we came across the Wharaerata Function Centre. As you can see it was a lovely sunny day. We had the place to ourselves as being a Sunday morning it was very quiet. This homestead was built in 1901. Today it’s used as a wedding venue, events centre and has a cafe for the nearby university students.
The Wellington Botanic Gardens is somewhere I always recommend you visit as there is a large variety of features in the 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill near central Wellington. From protected native forest to a large Victorian-style glasshouse as well as seasonal displays, fountains, rose garden and even a duck pond. This photograph was taken in front of an office building next to the MetService offices at the edge of the gardens just off Salamanca Road. The bench next to the tree ferns looked very inviting. The hill on the other side of the city centre is Mount Victoria.
Walking around downtown Portland, exploring the banks and bridges of the Williamette River, I wasn’t expecting to come across a walled Chinese Garden. Enclosing a full city block in the Chinatown area the garden is influenced by many of the famous classical gardens in Suzhou. As you can see from this photograph, the dominant feature of the garden is the artificial Lake Zither in the centre. Only having one full day to explore Portland I didn’t spend very long in the gardens but with the reflection on the lake this turned out to be one of my favourite photographs of the day.