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  • Linkin Park, Hunting Tour China 2015

    This weekend we were able to go the Linkin Park concert in the midst of their “The Hunting Party” tour. Who would have ever thought we’d have seen Linkin Park in China! I happened to see the concert advertised a few months ago on Facebook. I have loved Linkin Park for a very long time and so has Micah. So when I told him about the concert we chatted about the possibilities of ever seeing them in concert and decided to let this be our one big splurge.

    We told a couple of friends about it, they were just as excited about it. So we all agreed we’d go together. We wanted to try for the cheapest ticket but that quickly (very) sold out, luckily we were able to get the next price. The prices were 200, 600, 800, 1200, 1400 (all in RMB) so we knew there would be divisions in positions.

    The tickets took a while to get mailed, but even when they reached their destination we still had quite a wait before the concert. They sat on my table for a while and served as a source of motivation knowing that something awesome was waiting for us in the future.

    Busy Summer yields a quick arrival

    Our tickets to the concert
    Our tickets to the concert

    The day finally came. We were all so excited, but I was worried because I had been feeling off all day. We were worried I was going to have a seizure at the concert. I used to have seizures at the drop of a beat. The bass in music being a huge trigger, however I have gotten a lot healthier and it doesn’t cause seizures unless I’m very close to having a seizure anyway. I was planning on bringing my “concert tools” anyway but this made it a higher priority. My “tools” are a pair of dark blue, polarized, prescription sunglasses and a small box of pliable professional (or so I’m told) ear plugs.

    We all met at metro stop (subway station) halfway between our homes and ate at KFC. A short subway ride to another stop and a 3 block walk to the theater was what we thought lay between us and watching Linkin Park. We were a little off. The subway ride was fine except one of our friends bought a token (ticket) for the stop before the one we were supposed to get off, but we got that problem solved quickly. Though we discovered the short walk was not so easily remedied. There was some major construction that confused us. It looked like it had through traffic, but alas we had to turn around. We could see the theater but could not reach it. We found a path that led to the theater.

    Anachronistic Adventure in the Middle of a Bustling City

    First glimpse of the theater. Still a bit further to walk around the construction detour.
    First glimpse of the theater. Still a bit further to walk around the construction detour.
    Curiving atchitecture of the building
    Part of the theater at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

     

    To be honest I felt like I was acting out a part in some RPG (role playing game) where the heroes have to trek through a valley populated by crazy people. As soon as we reached the mouth of the “canyon” pass we were accosted by bike taxis that almost drug us onto their bikes. They are usually aggressive but this was different. The “crazy locals” were the bike taxis blazing through the “pass” carrying charges back and forth. We kept criticizing the laziness of people because the theater was so close. We soon discovered why they chose to use the zealous bike taxis. The “pass” was flooded in about an inch or more of dirty water. On the right wall was short concrete wall that filled the span between the vertical building skeleton and the metal construction barrier. Grabbing a hold of the metal ribs we climbed upon the ledge to safely get past the water.

    Did I mention that I felt as if I was somehow transported into a game? To reach our destination we had to traverse the perilous canyon pass occupied by roving, zealous creatures; chance the unknown and certain illness by wading through the canyon water or precariously inch across the ledge along the whole length using the ribs of some ancient creature to steady oneself.

    Finally we made it through the pass to open streets and the inviting hulk of the stadium.

    Trying to wade through the crowd to the opening gates.
    Trying to wade through the crowd to the opening gates.

     

    One final task before our reward was to brave the masses of other travelers without losing one’s sanity or limb. Every good RPG has a boss towards the end right? I almost lost my sanity when I came toe to toe with a devilish creature. A woman decided she was much better than the common riffraff having to show their tickets the gate keepers, so she began to hit me. Stubborn and hot headed me, I decided to rebel against her sense of entitlement and made sure she could not pass. She hit me and pushed passed me only to be grabbed by the guard. I brushed passed her. Back in line to wait for approval of a second gate keeper, she caught up to me and continued her slapping and hitting. I held my ground and did not lose face to this creature nor did I yield to her. This was truly a test of my journey and my personal resolve in not being cruel. Then it was my turn to pass through the gates after my ticket was approved, the creature held one more tactic left. She threw her ticket at the keeper and shoved me one last time ending with her hand flitting around in my face. Let me tell you, that was when I about lost it. I told my companions that if she touched me one more time public scene or no scene we would have problems. With their support I was able to throw her a scathing look that I hope drove in fear and cleared my head of her negative miasma. We were completely through the gates and in the stadium. We were going to see Linkin Park!!!

    The concert started with a sudden drop in all lights but the stage and TVs
    The concert started with a sudden drop in all lights but the stage and TVs

    We found our seats easily and was able to enjoy the rest of the evening. I was flabbergasted that so many of the Chinese men and woman around us knew so many of the words!! Even the rap sequences!!

    Bright Blue lights lit up the audience for periods of time.
    Bright Blue lights lit up the audience for periods of time.

    All in all it was a fantastic evening and a wonderful concert. Luckily between Micah and Professor, who also met us there, I was able to stay calm, have fun, and with the help of my sunglasses was able to enjoy the concert without much problems from my seizures at all.

    Here we are pretty happy after the concert ended.
    Here we are pretty happy after the concert ended.

    There were moments that I got dizzy, but I would sit back, drink my water and take some deep breaths. Then I was ready to get back into the music and drown in it. They sang of their more iconic songs like “Faint“, “About to Break“, and  “From the Inside” along with some of the newer ones such as “Castle of Glass.” I took some videos a couple of the songs (above are the links), of the lights (here and here), and of the audience (here). Though, we had a great time while my friends figured out how to use my phone to take a picture of us. They accidentally took a video instead.

     

     

    Panorama of the concert area.
    Panorama of the concert area.
    The flyer they were passing out at the concert
    The flyer they were passing out at the concert
    Our friends who went with us
    Our friends who went with us. I was jostled as i took the pic so that is why its a bit blurry. It was extremely hot though
    A huge platoon of cops got to attend the concert. They pulled up some folding chairs onto the main floor and had a good time. Here they are leaving the concert together.
    A huge platoon of cops got to attend the concert. They pulled up some folding chairs onto the main floor and had a good time. Here they are leaving the concert together.
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  • Dragon Boat Festival 2015

    This year the Dragon Boat Festival (aka Duanwu Jie) fell on June 21. If you would like to know more about the holiday in general then please check out my previous blog. If you have any questions then please let me know and Ill do my best to answer any questions.

    Micah and I went out for lunch that day and while we were walking home we came across a Dragon Boat Festival event. How about that!? Well actually it wasn’t like we just turned a corner and there it was. We could actually here it from blocks away. So when we took a path across the street we could kind of see what was going on, it just drew us in.

    We crossed the road to the Rainbow mall’s plaza, we were greeted by dozens of people in beautiful costumes, loud music, and a sea of smiling happy faces. Walking over you could see that there were several areas that had different things going on. The first one we noticed was the stage where a man was singing in a rock style (which is not typical for the mainstream pop music of China). I might be wrong but to me it sounded like he was trying to imitate some Western types of singing. Though it was fun to listen to. What do you think?

    The next act was a duet from the two people that served also as hosts throughout the show. They did well. Its really interesting to hear the differences in Chinese singing compared with western singing.

    Third act actually comes in two parts. Partway through the performance the sound cut out. Micah had a hypothesis that it was because it kept overheating. Though we’ll never quite know for sure. After the sound cut out the dancers did a great job trying to continue, but ultimately stopped. I wont post that video in this blog, but I did upload it.

     

    One of my favorite events was a surprise, Gangnam Style (by Psy). The dance also was cut short by the sound but was still fun. It was preformed by a Dragon Boat Festival rice ball called a Zong zi (see blog for more information), a pink kitty, a tiger, and a ram/sheep. After the sound cut out the Zongzi decided she didnt want to wait it out and clumsily found a seat right there on stage while the others tried to look cute and happy to buy some time.

    The next two act were wonderful. There was a solo sung by the male host. he did a wonderful job. He had some sort of ribbon or something on his very red suit that makes him look like the first prize at a state fair showing.

    Then there was a fantastic Chinese umbrella dance. It was so beautiful. The costumes are marvelous.

     

    Last but least was a final solo from the female host. Out of all the songs this one was my favorite. I can understand a bit of the song and can hear a lot more of the individual syllables through beautiful vocals. I know these types of vocals are not every one’s cup of tea but I hope those that dont like it can experience this as a sample of China and appreciate her training and effort. This song is one I have heard before; it is named Yue Hao Yue Ling. It speaks of how things will get better and better, quite a nice sentiment for sure.

     

    In front of the stage was an area where I think  you could hang wishes and also an area (paid area) where you could make the Zongzi with family beside where kids could decorate canvas. Some artists painted beautiful water colors and while we watched a cameraman filming the event decided to film us watching. We both got nervous so I’m sure we weren’t that interesting. Below are those additional pictures.

    Till next time,

    May the road rise to meet you.

    Hanging wishes
    Its quite customary for people to write down prayers or wishes for a holiday or time period. I think that is what this is.
    Families making Zongzi together
    Making Zong zi is part of the holiday, but it is a family part so you can see a mixture of 3 generations making it together.
    Videographer filmed us watching the event.
    There were so many people surprised that we were there, even the camera man.
    Beautiful hand painted pictures.
    Beautiful hand painted pictures.
    Hand painting of a character
    This is a representation of a character, i believe from some ancient stories.

     

     

     

     

     

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