Jack also pointed out that West Lake is perfect in its beauty because of its size: not so large that it feels like an ocean, nor so small that it feels like a pond. The hills in the distance (unfortunately not visible in this shot -- too much haze) give the perfect backdrop to the lake, also.
On the boat trip, there were a number of Korean tourists. Jack introduced us to an older man who was a veteran of the Korean war, and who made a point of shaking hands with the Koreans, bringing about some closure to old animosities for himself, and perhaps for them. In this time of increasing tensions with North Korea, we can only hope that the war doesn't open up all over again. Jack maintains that China will not allow North Korea to attack the US. But so many other things could happen that would be just as bad. (Pray for peace. The people of China want peace, I can tell you that.)
This photo is simply the first comic act of the show: two clown/acrobats loosening up the audience. I quit taking pictures after this, as I wanted to focus on experiencing the show.
What I don't get is why, at the curtain call, the audience didn't stay put and give the actors their due in the form of applause. In both the live shows we saw, the audience started leaving before it was over, and barely applauded as the actors made their curtain calls. Didn't feel right to me.
Bill and I agreed that of the two shows ("Impression: West Lake" and this one), Impression: West Lake was the more profound piece. But both were spectacular.
In the area of the theater, there were replicas of the White House and the Washington Monument (the latter covered in huge, red Chinese characters saying I don't know what). It was a little weird, but obviously intended as an hommage. Or, perhaps it was a not-too-subtle co-opting of the symbols of American democracy and political power. Or both.