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... his interest in music, his 27 years in prison (for playing music when the country did not allow), his travels and being a conductor for the Philharmonic Orchestra in Europe. He is very funny and drops in the odd joke or two. We then are requested to look up to the large TV screens and and subjected to watching 15 minutes of him conducting the orchestra. He then continues talking and repeats some of his script that he had forgotten he had already told us. This ...
... Then, as we lie face down on the massage tables and the massage begins, his nose starts running. Badly! Must be a particular pressure point triggered by the Shiatsu massage! The massage is great, just what we both needed after a number of days walking. Our legs never seem to have recovered from the 3000 steps at the Great Wall. In the evening, we venture back out into the Old Town of Lijiang, through the cobbled streets that are now brightly lit and filled ...
... lake. We sit down and Ian enjoys a very strong local Yunnan brew, Kate sharing tea with our very talkative and fun guide. Recharged, we continue walking around the park. We then have a brief look round a museum dedicated to the Naxi people - one of the traditional groups resident in the Yunnan province. They wear very distinctive clothing, have their own language and write using pictographs, which are rather more easy to understand than Chinese script. It has warmed up now ...
... studies piano and gained some fame as a musician and composer. During Mao's 100 Flowers Campaign in 1957 he was imprisoned for 21 years. On his release he became a maths teacher (because safer than music, being less political), and gradually became involved in music again. He has conducted and lectured all over the world and wants to keep Naxi culture and music alive.
The audience was mainly composed of an Australian tour group and a Belgian tour group. (We have ...
... only. On an extremely rare occasion, one might glimpse a token tambourine.
We walk the approximate mile to the central square, and there is no end to them. Okay, there is an end, as Patrick and I were so fascinated that we counted on our return journey- twenty two identical shops, on two occasions direct next door neighbours. There is no-one in any of them, either. Okay, that is also an exaggeration, in two shops there were people, but in one ...