We took a visit to Hope Gardens this weekend. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot, but much of it is in disrepair. My husband said he visited as a boy with his school, and at that time it was well-kept. The Chinese Gardens, however, are well-tended, but for some reason it was closed when we were there. We also saw a group of elderly people being lead around by monks, right at the time when a flock of green parrots flew overhead. Both the birds and my daughter were shrieking, the latter with joy, as she is obsessed with birds right now.