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Final Day in Beijing

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Today is our last day in Beijing before we return to the UK. There have been one or two little challenges over the last two weeks which we have overcome and I am proud that the company has given some excellent performances and done a great job as cultural Ambassadors for our city and the UK in general.

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Second Performance in Beijing

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Last night the company were treated to a banquet in a restaurant near to our hotel hosted by Cui Yang (Young), our Promoter.

David and Mark with Young

Kevin and Matt at dinner

We presented Young with a framed photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a memento of our 2014 tour.

Enjoy an exclusive Cleopatra dinner at Crafthouse

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For one night only on Tuesday 18 February 2014, sleek British restaurant, Crafthouse, is offering a unique opportunity for lovers of good, food, culture and conversation to dine exclusively with David Nixon OBE, Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley for an insight into Cleopatra which opens at

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First Performance Day in Beijing

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The dinner at Raffles last night was excellent. This is the most original take on a Greek Salad I have ever come across.

Greek Salad!

The Qianmen Jianguo Hotel is quite traditional in its decor, including the Lan Fang Restaurant where we have breakfast.

Lan Fang Restaurant

Hangzhou to Beijing

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Last night after the performance our small group of Pop-upers had dinner together as a farewell to Hangzhou and to celebrate the great success of the 2 performances. It was great to see the Cleopatra pas de deux again.

Pop up dinner

Hangzhou Pop-up Performances

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Today we are giving 2 performances in support of Leeds and Partners' business development initiatives. Ballroom Number 3 in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, although 2 floors below ground, is a great looking venue.

Ballroom Number Three

We had sent detailed specifications of our needs for the performance space and despite everything Leeds and Partners had done to ensure they were adhered to, inevitably there were challenges.

Relaxing Day in Hangzhou

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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.

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Guangzhou to Hangzhou (or Beijing)

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Today we split into two groups and I went with the small group of dancers to Hangzhou in advance of our pop-up performances on Tuesday.

7.30am was rather an early start after a late show the night before but the traffic to the airport was light as it was Sunday morning. Check in for the flight was relatively speedy and once we were through security we found a Starbucks.

Starbucks at Guangzhou Airport

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