12noon lunch at Huazhongcheng Restaurant
5.15 board coach to Nerada Grand Hotel
7.30 board coach
10.00 inspection of hotel
A wonderful autumn day to explore the local area and get down to business. The boat trip on the lake was quiet and serene in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many museums in different parts of china, with 5 being located in Hangzhou. We had plans to visit 2 of them but unfortunately only had time to see the Fan Museum, which displayed the many types of ancient and modern fans made in China. The Knives, Scissors and Swords Museum will have to wait 'til my next visit.... The Handicraft Exhibition was huge ex-factory spaces housing people engaging in different activities such as fan making, umbrella making, pottery, blacksmithing, paper cutting etc.
The Impressions West Lake performance was actually staged on the Lake. The spectacular lighting and special effects added to the thrill of the hundreds of performers who ran and danced through the water. The lit trees on the shore of the lake were the backdrop, with the audience sitting in grandstand style seating on one side of the Lake. The production of the show was by the man who designed the Opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.