The day consisted of a ferry ride between cities and a little time to explore Zhongshan. Zhongshan is the birthplace of Sun Yat-sen, a student at Punahou during the 1880s. It is certainly a different city than Hong Kong – Zhongshan is much smaller and the use of English on billboards and signs is far less frequent, as Zhongshan is not nearly as popular with tourists as Hong Kong. The symphony definitely received a few curious stares from Zhongshan natives.
In the evening, students tried a new style of "hotpot" cooking in which all items are steamed instead of dipped in boiling water, and the water used for steaming is turned into a rice porridge at the end. On top of all this, countless plates of food were delivered to each table and students struggled to try each and every one of the different types of food they were given. Many pushed themselves to try strange new dishes in the spirit of experiencing all that Chinese culture has to offer.
The symphony briefly visited the concert hall where one of their performances will be held. Preparations are finally beginning for the first set of concerts in China!