China Report: Christmas Celebrations

December 26, 2007 at 12:46 pm (Overseas Tour) (, , , , )

Parting view of the Poly Theatre - Photo by Neil G Jarman

The party has continued over 25 and 26 December. It seems there was a wide variety of options for Christmas lunch from traditional turkey and Christmas pudding (although not quite the same as at home) to the delights of Raffles’ take on turkey to Tepanyaki. All tastes were catered for.

Another interesting adventure took place before lunch!! Andy Waddington, Technical Director, managed to persuade the barrier attendants at the new National Grand Theatre, that we were very important guests from the UK and needed to have a look at this stunning new arts complex. The design is absolutely amazing with entry under a lake and 3 auditoria housed within a glass dome! We were given unprecedented freedom to wander around and had a good look inside the Opera and Drama Theatres. Unfortunately the Concert Hall was locked so we were unable to get a look. This is probably the finest arts building we have ever seen and we have made it very clear to Young, our Promoter, that we will only ever perform in that venue on future visits to Beijing!!

The evening of 25 December was designated the official Christmas party and was attended by the whole Company from dancers to musicians to technicians – everyone except Yi Song who had taken the opportunity to visit his family. A great time was had by all with an excellent buffet and plenty to drink. Secret Santa, arranged by Michela and Lori, was a triumph and added to the fun of the evening.

Tisch, Company Manager, arranged a trip to the Great Wall on 26 December which was attended by some of the Company. As this is our third visit to China, some people felt that another opportunity for shopping was more pressing than seeing the Wall again and others just didn’t make it out of bed after the partying from Christmas night!!

This evening should be a little more subdued with an early start to the airport tomorrow for the flight to Nanjing. The next week will be pretty busy with performances in 3 cities and will be very hard work for the technicians.

Everybody has had a great time in Beijing and is pleased that we were able to spend Christmas here but all are now looking forward to moving on and finding out what the cities of Nanjing and Yangzhou have to offer.

 Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

Photo by Neil G Jarman

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