The Colours of Spring in Jiaxing

A beautiful lazy Saturday in Jiaxing.  Couldn’t resist taking pictures of the incredible colours around our neighbourhood today.  Check that sky out–we don’t get blue too often.

More beautiful trees at one of the gates to our complex.

Beautiful trees at one of the gates to our complex.

Aren't these amazing?  Anyone know what they are?  These ones are also in our complex.

Aren’t these amazing? Anyone know what they are? These ones are also in our complex.

This beautiful image is of the canal through our complex.  Our tower is like the one pictured but to the right.  On the left and behind the red plant are three-storey townhouses.   Not pictured here but there are small docks or viewing platforms built along the canal.

This beautiful image is of the canal through our complex. Our tower is like the one pictured but to the right. On the left and behind the red plant are three-storey townhouses. Not pictured here but  small docks or viewing platforms are built along the canal.

These are the most spectacular trees!  I have no idea what they are but as you can see, the blossoms sprout directly off the branches.  Absolutely stunning!

These are the most spectacular trees! I have no idea what they are but as you can see, the blossoms sprout directly off the branches. Absolutely stunning!

Signs of Spring along the pathway.

Signs of Spring along the pathway on the Jaixing Greenway, about a block from our home.

Blossoming orchids outdoors.

Orchids blossoming  outdoors.

Look at the spectacular colours in this borrowed earth garden!  That's a highway above.  All of these photos are within a few blocks of our apartment.

Look at the spectacular colours in this borrowed earth garden! That’s a highway above. All of these photos are within a few blocks of our apartment.

If you look closely, you can just make out a fence of branches on either side of this gate.  Enter if you dare!

If you look closely, you can just make out a fence of branches on either side of this gate. Enter if you dare!

Here's a close up of the yellow plants you've seen.  They are a vegetable because they have been planted to be harvested.  I think they look like a member of the broccoli family but if so, not sure why they let them go to flower. If they show up at a local market, we'll try to find out how to cook it.  Ha ha, little joke there.  Steam or stir-fry, take your pick.

Here’s a close up of the yellow plants you’ve seen. They are a vegetable because they have been planted to be harvested. I think they look like a member of the broccoli family but if so, not sure why they let them go to flower. If they show up at a local market, we’ll try to find out how to cook it. Ha ha, little joke there. Steam or stir-fry, take your pick.

Another mural depicting proud students sharing their school work with doting parents.

A mural depicting proud students sharing their school work with doting parents on a wall of the overpass.

Paintings underneath the overpass along the Jiaxing Greenway.

Another painting underneath the overpass along the Jiaxing Greenway.

River traffic; a barge moving a load of sand.

River traffic; a barge moving a load of sand.

Life on a barge:  what is this woman doing?

Life on a barge: what is this woman doing?

She's doing the laundry!  Here she is using the force of the moving water to rinse a pair of jeans.

She’s doing the laundry! Here she is using the force of the moving water to rinse a pair of jeans.

Is this a German or French bridge over a moat?  No, it's a foot bridge over the locks on the canal in Jiaxing.

Is this a German or French bridge over a moat? No, it’s a foot bridge over the locks on the canal in Jiaxing.

A lone fisherman along the banks of the canal.  It was a beautiful warm sunny day--the first in awhile.

A lone fisherman along the banks of the canal. It was a beautiful warm sunny day–the first in awhile.

Hey Barb - The People's Court!

Hey Barb – The People’s Court!  (inside joke, sorry)

6 thoughts on “The Colours of Spring in Jiaxing

  1. Cobourglin

    Beautiful flowers. We are still waiting in the cold in Ontario. Keep the pictures coming. Love your posts as they are often the highlight of a dreary winter morning.

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  2. Val Goodridge

    Beautiful flowers where you are and the desert is blooming where we are. Not so much in Manitoba we hear.

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  3. lois marsden

    Who said that Darwin’s theory of adaptation to local environments was not valid. never seen flowers like those in our continent. Nice to see blue sky. Regards

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  4. pkintzinger

    Gotta love spring. We’ve just had Easter morning with 2 lovely, excited little girls and their adoring parents, aunts, etc. A day early but they have no idea. Sunny and warm. Happy Easter!

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  5. Judith

    Wow! so much colour….we’re still in the throes of grey melting snow, brown grass, and cool-ish breezes…that said, the birds are singing and the neighbours are all out checking their yards for ANY hopeful signs of Spring! Thanks for the reiminder of what Mother Nature has in store…. and Happy Easter!

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  6. Barb

    The flowers looks great…the ones with the yellow flowers do look like a type of brocoli and I think Michael and I ate some in Guilin at a restaurant a half a block outside of the main square…it was nummy to say the least…and it will always be Peoples Court to me…lol…I miss China already but sure enjoyed coming home to the sunshine and family.

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