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The Dancers arrive in Xiamen

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. That is quite a lot of cash to count when most of it was in 100 Yuan notes!

The Techncians had the day off but ventured to the venue (Banlam Grand Theatre) and were pleased to see that the lighting has been pre-rigged in accordance with our plans. That puts us in a good position for the fit up of the set tomorrow.

After attending to a few urgent tasks, we took a look around the immediate area. It was rather a grey afternoon and every single sign post is in Chinese making it virtually impossible to know what you are looking at or where you are heading.

Chinese Traffic Sign

We did find a nice sandy beach although it didn't look so inviting today

Xiamen beach

A relaxing evening for everyone and then a day of exploring for the dancers tomorrow. We have a Chinese restaurant, a Japanese restaurant and a coffee shop to choose from for dinner without leaving the hotel but for those who are more adventurous there are lots of street cafés nearby which is fine as long as you don't want to know what you are eating!

Mark Skipper DL, Northern Ballet's Chief Executive. Photo Simon Lawson.
Chief Executive

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