Beijing 2002 – Day 6: School for Ethnic Minorities, Silk Factory, Peking Opera at Prince Gong’s Palace

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Students at the Beijing School for Ethnic Minorities at a morning assembly

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Morning exercises

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Morning tea with the principal of the school, with Oxley High’s John Green on the right

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Catering students posing for a photograph

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A path off the main quadrangle at the school

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Students learning Japanese

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Some Oxley High students playing basketball with some local students

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Some students showing off their lion immitations (that’s not smoke, it’s steam from the tea :-)

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Their acrobatic skills were impressive, too.

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Some female students performing a traditional dance

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Another view of the same dance

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A traditional umbrella-twirling dance

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These girls were very good at this particular dance

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A song to locally-provided music

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A peacock dance performed to some graceful, Chinese, music

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They were twirling quite fast at one stage

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Close-up of the girls’ head-dresses

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Students and representatives from Oxley High and the Beijing School for Ethnic Minorities together

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The same group, but with all the rest (except myself and those taking the photos)

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Statue outside the Worker’s Stadium Number 2

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An Aussie restaurant between the Worker’s Stadium and the Silk Monopoly Store

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Workers spinning silk at the Silk Monopoly Store

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Chinese worker weaving something out of silk

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Garden at night at Prince Gong’s palace, where the Peking Opera was performed

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Performers getting ready before the show

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View of the stage and the seats and tables before the crowd arrived

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View of the tables and the more private seating at the back

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Ren Tanghui, sent to protect Jiaozan, a senior officer of the Song Dynasty, from the opera “The Crossroad”

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The English translations were as entertaining as the performance at times

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The inn-keeper seeking out Ren Tanghui, Jiaozan’s protector, in the dark

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Another amusing translation

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Ren Tanghui still “searching about it” in the dark

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Ren and the inn-keeper, Liu Lihua, still looking for each other

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Ren and Liu still looking for each other in the dark

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The only good photo I got of a very funny opera that wasn’t mentioned in the programme

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…it was funny because the “boat” was rocking and the characters kept bobbing up and down

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This opera, “Havoc in Heaven”, had some good fight scenes (this was the only good photo I got)

4 thoughts on “Beijing 2002 – Day 6: School for Ethnic Minorities, Silk Factory, Peking Opera at Prince Gong’s Palace

  1. Can you help me? I am trying to find an english translation for any Peking/Beijing Opera.

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