Hengdian Group and Commodity Market

Trip Start May 21, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of China  , Zhejiang,
Monday, May 30, 2011

Today is our last full day in Hangzhou. We went to the Hengdian Group which is similar to Warner Brother. The have a theme park, hotels, and movie sets in addition to other enterprises. After a quick presentation from both Simmons and the HG we went to the VIP house to our own private room to eat. Our private room had its own toilet and cool wash clothes to wash our hands (they even put our napkins in our laps for us.) Our VIP status didn't end there, it continued to our tour of the Palace and a stage tour. The Palace  resembled a Ching dynasty Palace complete with huge walls surrounding it. Not only did we get to cut the line and get in for free but they also brought the bus right to the bottom of the stairs so we didn't have to walk in the hot sun for too long. Next we went on a stage tour. When we pulled up to the entrance, we have our own private trams and tour guides waiting for us. The stage set was a large "park" on 900 acres with over 120 buildings that have been moved from their original location. All the buildings are from the Ming and Ching dynasty and filled with antiques and exhibitions. We went into two buildings, the first held a replica of the old summer palace in Beijing before it was burnt down during one of the Opium Wars. The second building we went into held an exhibit of wood carvings, carved by two different masters. In order to promote the park, they allow film makers to shoot movies for free. This was defiantly a highlight of the trip for a lot of us.

 After we said good bye to our gracious hosts we piled back on the bus and headed to Yiwu, a commodity market. There were different sections based off goods. For example, in one building on the 5th floor they sold large quantities of zippers, the 4th floor contained stationary, etc. The building we went in on the 5th floor was for small goods, the 4th floor sold scarves, the 3rd floor sold yarn etc. This place was very large in scale, for example we were there an hour and weren't able to see everything on the 5th floor. When we were heading back to our meeting spot we got lost and weren't sure we would make it out alive (thankfully we did!). Afterwards we went back to our hotel.
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