Guest blogger Tim Parenti reports for the Heinz Chapel Choir as they tour China...
Tuesday's technical difficulties have been resolved at this point. It's amazing how useless an electrical converter is when it falls out of the wall socket on its own. It's also frustrating when the hotel staff won't bring the one you asked for until you go back the next morning. But that's what I get for trying to do this at the end of the night.
So, my apologies that I am unable to write a true narrative, but I have 893 pictures to go through and that alone will take forever if I don't hurry. Don't worry; I'll give this due attention once we're back in the States, so you'll get to see and hear about everything you would have missed.
Days 7 and 8 – Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 May 2009
On Monday, we visited a Terra Cotta soldiers reproduction factory in Xi'an, the Terra Cotta soldiers themselves, and the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor, Qin Shi Huang (for whom China is named). We then made our way to the airport for our flight to Hangzhou.
On Tuesday, we went to Hangzhou's West Lake, visited Flower Harbor Park (featured on the Chinese ¥1 banknote), and toured the National Tea museum. We then visited a metropolitan park before heading to the Yuquan campus of Zhejiang University for our exchange concert with the university's Wenquin choir.
View some of my pictures from Days 7 and 8 here. Again, I can't get many up right now, but we'll take care of everything in due course. Leave some comments to make me feel better!
Coming up: Today (Wednesday), we travel all morning to Suzhou — a 2 hour, 15 minute drive. We'll visit Hanshan Temple in Suzhou and Suzhou Museum before taking the evening easy. The weather promises to be nice: sunny and 26 °C (78 °F). We'll get back to normal posts then.