Wuhan bells and line dancing?
This morning, we wake up in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei Province. It is a thriving city (of 10 million people!) located on the confluence of the Yangtze and its largest branch, the Han River. The city is made up of three smaller towns, Hankou – the business district, Hanyang – the industrial centre, and Wuchang – the educational sector boasting a stunning variety of universities, institutes and colleges. Wuhan is famous for a pivotal role in the formation of modern China. In 1911, an uprising in Wuchang sparked the “first revolution” that resulted in the overthrow of China’s last dynasty, the Qing Dynasty.
This morning we visit the Hubein Provincial History Museum, which was established in 1953 and has an impressive collection of more than 200,000 cultural relics, the most important of which is a complete set of 65 ritual bells that were a gift from the king of Chu. When struck, the bells emit a perfect 122-tone system covering five octaves. We enjoy a private performance on an exact replica of the bell set, performed by local professional musicians.
This afternoon our programme director, Jin, presented an interesting lecture on “China Today” which went beyond the schedule and lasted 90 minutes! Executive chef Danny Tang presented another tasty dinner, and line dancing was offered in the Emerald Bar at 9pm. Most folk retired pretty quickly!