The park Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Returned Sword) in the heart of old Hanoi is a beautiful public space and a center of public life in the city.
The old imperial college (guozijian / 国子监) and Beijing’s Confucius temple are along this gorgeous tree-lined street. The site of occasional horn-honking traffic jams, the street is nonetheless reasonably peaceful most of the time. I had peace, quiet, and a truly beautiful, blue-sky Beijing day for my visit. The banner – almost impossible to translate into anything but stilted English – says something like “the sacred locale of the national academy, bringing virtue to the entire world”.
This photo revisits Nong Bauk Hard Park, a lovely public space in the southwest corner of Chiang Mai’s old city. (You can see the earlier visit here.) For those of you who know it, think the Boston Public Garden in a subtropical climate.