Tea Dance in the Park (Film)
Image taken with a Leica M6, 35mm Zeiss Lens and Ilford Pan 100 ISO Film. These couples and many more meet everyday in Fuxing Park in the French Concession, Puxi, Shanghai. This is a very common sight in China from 4pm to around 8pm, couples gather together, play music, sing together and dance. The music and dance keeps them fit and healthy.
Fuxing Park (复兴公园) is located in the former French Concession of Shanghai, in Luwan District near Nanchang Road. The park, about 10 ha. in size, is designed in the French style, with a center lake, fountains, covered pavilions, and flowerbeds. Early morning, the park fills with dancers, card players, mahjong enthusiasts, and tai chi solo and group artists. According to Time magazine’s Hannah Beech, it is one of the must-see sights in Shanghai.
The park was originally named Gu’s Park, but during the French occupation it became a military encampment.After the French, the Japanese renamed the park “Daxing Park.” Finally, in the mid 20th century, the Chinese regained control of the park land and dubbed it “Fuxing Park.”