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First Performance in Guangzhou – 17 January

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Despite the delays in starting the fit up yesterday, the Technicians did an excellent job and finished work last night ahead of schedule.

The Guangzhou Opera House is rated as one of China’s top three theatres (The NCPA in Beijing is number one) and is regarded as the most high-tech and well facilitated performing arts centre in the South of China. The design by Architect, Zaha Hadid, is very modern and resembles a space ship or some such futuristic object.

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Xiamen to Guangzhou

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A 9am departure for Xiamen Airport.

Coach to the Airport

Check in was a little chaotic and the Chinese idea of queuing is a little different to ours.

Check in Queue

Check in Continues

Time for Coffee - Xiamen Airport's version of Starbucks maybe?

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Xiamen – Performance 1 – 15 January

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Last night after a busy day of shopping, sightseeing and visits to a spa, many of the dancers dined in the Japanese restaurant in the hotel although, according to Hiro, it wasn't really Japanese food!

Today is our first performance in China for this tour.

Banlam Theatre

China - 14 January - Dancers' Day off and a bit of sightseeing

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Whilst the Technicians were busy putting the set together and focusing the lights, the dancers had the day off to explore Xiamen.

The two highlights are the famous Buddhist Nanputuo Temple founded in the Tang Dynasty. It is a very steep climb to get to the top with 100s of uneven steps but we did discover a small number of dancers up there.

Dancers at Temple

And a few others on their way up!

There is also a good view of the surrounding area.

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The Dancers arrive in Xiamen

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The 11 hour and 15 minute flight from Amsterdam to Xiamen was pretty uneventful other than the fact that none of the requested special meals materialised. I have now seen the movie of The Great Gatsby and am looking forward to seeing our version again in the Autumn... The Immigration line was pretty long so it took quite a while to get everybody through and on the bus to our hotel. Check in was relatively painless and then it was time to count the 265,000 Yuan and distribute the per diems to everyone.

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The long road to China – Sunday 12 January 2014

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China - The day is nearly upon us

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After nearly a year of planning, the tour to China is upon us. Tomorrow the Technicians set off followed by the rest of us on Sunday - 57 people in total plus a contingent from Leeds and Partners, Leeds City Council and sereval Leeds businesses. The planning for a tour of this scale is a major undertaking but we are now as well prepared as we can be.

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Meet Karen and life on Northern Ballet reception

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Many people know our dancers but there are lots of people in our head quarters who are important to life at Northern Ballet and Karen Dixon, one of our Receptionists, is one of them. I had a quick chat with Karen to find out what life is like in our busy reception.

When did you join Northern Ballet?

I started at Northern Ballet in June of 2006.

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