Sheraton Ningbo Hotel
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I traveled to Ningbo on Monday evening after the English Subject Panel had finished.
I met Will at breakfast in the Citic Hotel on Tuesday morning and we went out to Ningbo Foreign Language School, which is one of my centres. The school is built in an amazing location in the south-east of Ningbo, surrounded by mountains and with a beautiful lake on site.
The staff here are all lovely. I had only been to this centre once before with Liz and Mary ...
Only having a few days left in Cixi before we head off to Shanghai for a month, we have decided to give up our flat and relocate to the big city for a few weeks. This, unbeknownst to us, has opened another can of worms... For the past few nights I have been burning the proverbial candle at both ends. Late night stay ups, friends "sleeping" over and nothing on the menu that requires and chewing. Cocktail and beer wash down greasy KFC. 3-4 hours ...
... the kids. Trying to get a troupe of teachers ( that don't speak a word of English ) and a handful of 2 year olds (that haven't spoken a word of Chinese but are bawling their eyes out) to perform a basic instruction, like...Hmm......say, make a circle! It's a domino effect, one starts and the then the rest start welling up. Before you turn your back the tykes are trying escape routes. Open windows and front doors, failing that, tantrums and screaming or hysterical choking are plan ...
... a nice change. And you can’t say no to a £2.50 a head bill at the end either.
After lunch we walked eastwards towards Moon Lake (a really lovely park with – yup, you guessed it – a lake) where we wanted to visit …uhm, I forget its name… a museum that showcases a traditional Chinese house with all the different living atriums. But once there an old man shuffling past us informed us that, “They decided to shut ...
... including the 33m tall Guanyin statue). We could also see the ocean, but it was not a very clear day so you could not see very far.
After seeing Mount Putuo, we headed on to Zhoushan and the Luting Grand Hotel. Concert number three followed shortly. It was not as cold as in Ningbo, but the audience was also not as engaged.