I almost forgot about you, I can't believe I haven't posted for a month almost, time really has flown by. So I'm having trouble even remembering what I did that long ago.....

So yes the concert, the Midi Rock festival in Zhenjiang, a town in the neighbouring province of JiangSu. It is THE biggest concert in China, held every year around the beginning of May. Last year's edition took place in Beijing, this year near Shanghai.

Every year over 80,000 spectators turn up for the venue taht spans over teh whole weekend. Food and drinks are provided around the clock as well as toilets (if you can bear Chinese public toilets) and rather surprinsingly an area for pitching a tent !!

The theme was mainly oriented Metal-rock, with a few Chinese bands that were quite original and one band in particular, British might I add, that were positively the best on Friday, the opening night. Can;t recall their names but you can find them on the Midi Rock festival website.

Here are some pics:

                               1 hour after arriving and starting to queue we had advanced by 2 whole feet, the entry, 100 yards away had a riveting wait for us in store......ugh.

okay more to come, i don;t seem to have preped them.

So after this tiring experience we headed off back to Shanghai the same evening at 1 in the morning but while Steph, Morgane and Emma got off at Shanghai around 4 I stayed on until the next stop Hangzhou, 2h down the Line, a big tourist city in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang. I had lots of fun stuff planned for Hangzhou, including seeing an American friend I had met over a year prior studying Mandarin and an ex-classmate from uni Julie, who is somewhere on this blog in a very old post dating back to 2007. Moving along, the reason I precised I "had" lots of things planned is because they all fell through due to rain that spoiled most of my weekend there....So I actually just saw a Chinese friend I shared a dormitory with last year for a few months and another friend I accompanied to a Comic book exhibition held just outiside the city. These are all the pics I managed to take, conditions weren't great for photos so there isn't much to cast you eyes upon...I'll try to do better next time, promise....

egypt_in_Hangzhou.JPG nope, not Egypt, just some ridiculously over the top Chinese hotel

comic___cartoon_festival_near_hangzhou.JPG So I must have been the only foreigner there, as there were no signs up anywhere in the city about this event, nor was there any public transportation so they really weren't counting on white-arse turnout to make turnover...

creek_in_hangzhou.JPG man_walking_down_estate_pass.JPG ordinary_estate_in_hangzhou.JPG These are just a couple of views in a very ordinary CHinese residential estate near the city centre.

zhaogong_di.JPG west_lake_zhaogong_di_view.JPG Couldn't help myself from returning to where I stayed for so long, the place hadn't changed an inch...