A Visit to the 'Zen Park'



(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

This morning, I went to a park located about two miles from our hotel in downtown Beijing. Columnist Sally Jenkins accompanied me -- she wanted to run, and I was looking for a picture (as always).

We split when we got there. As I wandered the trails, I heard a repeating thud that sounded like a beaver tail smacking on something. As I came over the hill I saw a man, probably in his 70s, doing Tai Chi. After a few graceful motions, he would whack his back into the tree. Then he'd move and repeat. I guess the tree was his chiropractor.

Sally called it her "little Zen park." It's a beautiful setting, just steps away from a bustling city of 17 million people attempting to get to work.

By Jonathan Newton  |  August 6, 2008; 6:30 PM ET
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