Park sights in Chéngdū
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Particularly on weekends, People's Park is filled with locals dancing, singing, strolling and practising taichi. There are a number of teahouses here too; Hè Míng Teahouse is particularly popular.
Plopped in the middle of the park's bonsai and perennials (open 9am to 5pm) is the Monument to the Martyrs of the Railway Protection Movement (1911). This obelisk memorialises an uprising of the people against corrupt officers who pocketed cash intended for railway construction.
Dedicated to celebrated Tang-dynasty female poet Xue Tao, this park is best known for its bamboo; it features over 150 varieties, from bonsai-sized potted plants to towering giants. If you're not interested in the Xue Tao exhibits, enter the park through the western gate (open from 6.30am to 9pm), where no admission is charged and you can still stroll among the bamboo. Buses 35 and 335 come here from the city centre.