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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.

There are lots of smaller Temples and Pagodas

Temple

The other main attraction is Gulangyu Island. It is separated from Xiamen by the Gulang Strait and can be reached by a ferry. 80p for the return journey plus an extra 10p each way if you want to sit down!

The island has lots of great sights including the Shuzhuang Garden built in 1913 by a wealthy Taiwanese.

Shuzuang Gardens

It also houses an incredible Piano Collection and is apparently “China’s only treasure house of pianos” - including this curious specimen

A Curious Piano

This is the view back to Xiamen from the Island.

View of Xiamen

Play time over and down to serious work tomorrow with class, a technical rehearsal and our first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream

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