Today was relatively relaxed with some time spent working on our budgets for 2015/18 in preparation for our Arts Council funding application and a long walk around the West Lake in Hangzhou (well most of it). The lake is said to be the most beautiful of 36 lakes in China of that name and I am sure that in summer it could well be true. Even on a grey winter's day with the sun shining it has a great deal of charm and it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The Lake has a circumference of about 15km and tracing our route on Google Maps it came to about 12.5km.
Several times a day they have a Water Spectacular with an array of fountains accompanied by a diverse range of music from traditional Chinese to Western music.
You can view a short movie of the water show here
This is a view of the lake with the Leifeng Tower in the distance.
The Leifeng Tower is an impressive structure on the far side of the lake with the original dating back to 977AD. This one was built in 2002.
There are some beautiful carvings inside the tower.
The city of Hangzhou is pretty vast in the distance across the Lake with a population of 6.2M
I hear reports that many of the Company in Beijing had a great trip to The Great Wall of China and I will hopefully share some of their pictures in due course.
The Chinese restaurant in the Grand Hyatt, 28 Hubin Road, is said to be the best restaurant in Hangzhou so there seems little point in venturing out with that opportunity on our doorstep.
Back to serious work tomorrow when we have the 2 pop-up performances in support of Leeds and Partners' business events.