Yesterday, I did another great discovery in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna: a botanical garden surrounded by abandoned elements!
Next to the park: the abandoned Olympic pool
If you follow my blog, you know that I particularly like abandoned swimming pools, especially the long ones… The ones that are olympic-size. After finding an indoor olympic-size pool in Datong, I found an outdoor one in Xishuangbanna! How did I spot it? I noticed a compound of abandoned buildings just next to the Tropical Garden. It was part of a night market that closed a few years ago because the area will be replaced by a new planning project of aesthetic (though completely un-natural) canal joining the Mekong river.
Behind one of these abandoned buildings, I saw an overgrown swimming pool, that was really beautiful!
Inside the park: the abandoned greenhouse
The tropical garden in itself is a very beautiful place to visit. It has a very large surface and the flowers and trees are really diversified. Although it is very well maintained, there are some strange things inside, like this abandoned truck in the middle of a sightseeing spot or those abandoned sofas outside…
But what made me the happiest person in the world was the discovery of an abandoned greenhouse. The metal structure was huge and the place had clearly been abandoned for several years. The result was an eerie but fascinating jungle, especially with the sunset light.