Come with us on our trip to Willow Island this year.
This is a short path we take from our housing area to the main road that leads down to the river. You can see the one story old housing that used to be everywhere in the city. Most of it has been torn down to build apartment buildings. There is still people that live here. They have not been forced out of their homes and made to purchase an apartment they can't afford. It must get very cold inside during the winter.
Just before we get to the main road, there is a church where you would normally find shops. This is on a friday morning. Not an empty seat to be found.
We walked along the river for a ways to get to the boat that goes across to the island. The parks are very nice and our favorite part of the city.
DJ stopped to play a little chess with some of the other kids. The pieces are too big and heavy to move.
We are finally on the boat and pulling away from the city side of the river. People are sitting down below and standing along the rail.
We stood inside the wheel house.
DJ enjoyed this trip on the boat across the river better than she did last year I think.
Once on the island, we took another ride. The boat was 12 RMB for both ways for all of us. The horse or camel rides wanted 10 RMB each. We finally talked one of the drivers into taking all of us for 20 RMB.
There are many carnival boardwalk type games on the island, as well as rides of all kinds and several haunted houses. There is also lots of places to buy food and drink and increased price. It is a great place to get away from the city if you don't bring a lot of money to waste on the games.
I think DJ liked the buggy ride the most.
It is a little different walking along the river on this side looking back at the city.
They were setting up a stage with lights for a concert down by the river along the beach on the city side. We did not go to the concert.
DJ made friends with this little girl and they played and had a good time at one of the little outdoor restaurants on the island.