Monday was to be a busy day rehearsing for the opening gala concert but we had some free time in the morning so visited the Quangxi Arts Institute which would be the equivalent of the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.
There were many music shops in the area and we visited the biggest one. The staff were incredibly helpful and demonstrated and allowed us to try a wide variety of traditional Chinese instruments. Lee bought a Hulusi flute which has similarities to the bagpipes in that it is a reeded instrument with a chanter and two drones. It is also in the same key as the bagpipes so perhaps we will be able to combine the two instruments in the future.
Lunch was a challenging affair with a variety of pretty unusual delicacies. Ducks feet were the order of the day and though a few of us tried to give it a go, in the end none of us had the stomach for it.
Our interpreter, Kimi, spent some time with us teaching us how to say our “Chinese” names with sometimes hilarious outcomes. In the end she awarded us all 90 – 100%.
The rest of the day was spent rehearsing for the show. The press were out in force and we gave interviews for various television stations throughout Asia. We were also in serious demand for photos and I’m sure by now the entire cast has had a selfie taken with at least one of us.
The day finished quite late and we did not get back to our hotel until 12.30am.
It’s showtime tomorrow so everyone will hopefully get a good nights sleep.