Visiting Anji – Bamboo Park

It’s Wednesday, and we’re back from our weekend trip to Anji! The MLB had their annual conference for all their employees, which turned out to be a relaxing weekend away for us! If you missed my last post, I said that they typically have the conference in Shanghai. However, they wanted to get everyone out of the city and into the country this year. I’m so glad they chose Anji!ย This is a place we probably wouldn’t have traveled to on our own, but it was beautiful!

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All three MLB offices met in Wuxi, then took a 2.5 hour bus ride to the JW Marriott! Honestly, this was one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in! It was situated on a huge golf course and there were surrounding views of the mountains. I was very impressed with the location and service here! Everything was so laid back.

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Taylor had a meeting all day on Monday, so I decided to go out and explore on my own! This was HUGE for me. I’m not one to go out in a place I don’t know, especially where I can’t speak the language. I figured I’d learn to explore on my own at some point during our time here, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this soon. The hotel recommended the Bamboo Park, so I got in a taxi and set out! Fun fact: Anji is known for their abundance of bamboo.

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The Bamboo Park was a 20 minute drive from our hotel. I had the concierge tell my taxi driver where I wanted to go. As you can imagine, the forest was out in the middle of nowhere. As soon as we parked, it began pouring, thundering, and lightening. My taxi driver was also trying to tell me something, but I couldn’t understand. I still have no idea what he was trying to tell me. Thankfully, I packed an umbrella though!!

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Despite the rain, it was beautiful! There were very few people there and it was fun to walk around on my own. The Anji Bamboo Park is the largest bamboo garden in the world! There are supposedly over 300 different types of bamboo here! I hiked up a mountain to the treehouse overlook, and it was breathtaking! It was so hot and humid, plus probably the most exercise I’ve done since being here, so as you can imagine I was sweating! After the hike, I just wondered around taking pictures.

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I’m really pleased with myself for getting out by myself. However, I wouldn’t recommend the Bamboo Park if you’re looking for a way to spend your entire day. I think I paid like $10 to enter the park, but the hike was the only thing to do. When I looked online it said there was a panda house, tea house, a lake, and a lot more. The tea house was being rebuilt and the lake was actually a small pond (or I couldn’t find it). It was fun to see all the bamboo and the stunning views, but I wouldn’t pay $10 to go on a hike when I can do that for free on my own time.

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Overall, Anji was a beautiful part of China! The other people we work with mentioned going back here for another short weekend. It was beautiful and a nice escape from the city life!

Stay tuned for my monthly recap post! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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