Chinese Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion is a fairly recent addition to Golden Gate Park, perched at the east end of Stow Lake’s island. The structure was a gift to San Francisco from her sister city of Tapei, Taiwan, in 1976. Dedicated in 1981, Golden Gate Park received the Chinese Pavilion as a gift from San Francisco‚Äôs sister city, Taipei, Taiwan. The Pavilion […]

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Bamboo and Lotus

A cool, overcast day in late August was the perfect setting for me as I wandered through the Temperate Asia section of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It’s really difficult for me to choose a favorite experience from my visit to this beautiful arboretum — but walking through the small bamboo forest on this soft late-summer morning is certainly right […]

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Huntington Falls

This artificial waterfall on Stow Lake is yet another reason to fall in love with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. After arriving in the park via Muni bus, I spent a fun weekday morning exploring the eastern half of the lake and its island. Even though there were plenty of other people around me on these popular hiking/running trails, at […]

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Jester protea

I fell in love with these colorful flower heads as soon as I spotted them in the South Africa section of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden. My first impression was of a giant pearl, wrapped in white yarn and guarded by a circle of erect red petals. I later learned that each large flower head contains numerous flowers, and the […]

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New Zealand Nikau palm

It’s been five years since my last visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and I hadn’t actually planned on going back this year. But my arrival in the city on Monday was so hectic that all I could think about was a peacefull stroll through this beautiful and varied section of Golden Gate Park. Although I was a little […]

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