14 July 2008 at 11.09am
We have left Beijing and we are now in the fantastic city of Shanghai. On first impressions its seems far more relaxed and western in appearance compared to Beijing. Apart from a dinner hosted in our honour last night and a stage call, I haven’t seen too much.
The last week in Beijing was great. We opened with The Sleeping Beauty and a Triple Bill. Both seemed to go down very well, and the audiences were very appreciative. On a tourist note I went to The Great Wall of China which is absolutely incredible. It goes on for as far as the eye can see it truly is a magical place where in which you feel at great peace.
We also visited the Lama Temple which is for Tibetan Buddhism; it is the most wonderful temple I have seen in China so far. It is very run down and has not been painted yet still a magnificent active place of worship. It was great to get lost in such a spiritual place which has so much history. In that evening after the last show, a few of us were invited to a dinner party at the last residence of the Dalai Lama which finished the day off so perfectly, and our stay in Beijing!
After a very turbulent flight we eventually got to Shanghai were we are only here for 2 proper full days, so as in true Royal Ballet style I will fill in as much as I can!...