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Yue Miao (Shanghai) – Day 3

Alex Christie

12 June 2008

As Day 4 was going to be a very exciting one for the residents of Yue Miao, they had a quiet day today and rested, so we needed to occupy ourselves which meant it was time to shop for some new instruments for the Music Room. With some of the money donated to TLC, a former shed was able to be converted to a classroom, which allowed a former classroom to be converted into a music room where volunteers will come to Yue Miao to teach the residents how to play various instruments.

For our shopping trip, Mr. Liu from Yue Miao and his friend (Miss Sun), who knows much about Chinese style drums, joined us as we hit the streets of Jinling Road where you can find many shops close together filled with all types of musical instruments. This was particularly useful for bargaining and in the end we were able to get some very good deals, especially on 2 guitars that one shop sold to us at an exceptionally good price when they learned that they would be used to teach handicapped children how to play guitar. There were so many special and beautiful chinese instruments. Most of the instruments had hand carved handles and many were hand painted. It was so interesting to look at all of them lining the shops.

After running back and forth between several shops, we found the type of drum that we wanted, but a few phone calls resulted in us finding a better deal in a shop further away, so after a quick lunch of HotPot (YUM!!!!), Mr. Liu and MIss Sun went to pick up the drum on their way back to Yue Miao. I look forward to seeing photos of the kids using their new instruments. I will post them here as soon as I get them.

We spent the evening together as a team taking in the sights of the city from a Chinese-style cruise ship on the Huangpu River followed by a modern Shanghinese dinner. I hope that everyone sleeps well as Day 4 is going to be a busy one!

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