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18 Mar 2011

The Impressional Sanjie Liu in Yangshuo, China

Yangshuo is a tourist town known for beauty and activities during the day.

Outdoor types have great access to biking, hiking, ballooning, rock climbing and river rafting. Indoor people have cooking, paper cutting, cave viewing and general vegging.

But everybody goes to the world famous Impressional Sanjie Liu. It was our raison d'être for trekking to Hong Kong and taking this entire side trip (instead of flying directly to Beijing to catch our cruise).


 
It is the ultimate production extravaganza.  You’ve never seen anything like this.


 
Imagine an outdoor stage production, all on water, with the world’s largest stage (about the size of two football fields side by side), surrounded by 12 famous mountain peaks, with 600 performers and a few thousand guests every night, eleven months a year.

It has been revised 109 times, but now they think they have it down.
 
Time Magazine's runner up for 2008 Person of the Year Zhang Yimou directed the show. He was the one who also did the Beijing portion of the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The actors are, for the most part, local farmers.

We had some type of seats that reminded me of an owner’s box in a major league stadium. It came complete with blanket, field glasses, food and a heater. The other fans got drenched.