One of my most peaceful experiences in China was spending the morning in the Lotus Park in the south of Xian. While on our huge China Odyssey my mom and I rarely had time to just sit and relax as there was so much to see and so many places to go to. So spending the morning alone in a lotus park was a rare luxury. That morning there was a violin class taking place in one of the little verandas along the lake, adding to the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of the park.
The lotus flower has come to be associated with purity and beauty in the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism respectively. In Buddhism the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. The flower is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean.
In Hinduism the lotus flower is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity.
There was even a calligraphy class going on where they practiced their art with huge brushes on the pavement. What a beautiful setting in which to learn and practice such an ancient and beautiful art.