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Asia Audition Tour 2012

Audition and recruitment tour in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing

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Posted by Thomas Kline at 7:33PM   |  Add a comment
Dragon's Back

It feels great to be back in Hong Kong! I always enjoy visiting this city; it is like New York City in the Caribbean. We have a free day in Hong Kong, which gives us an opportunity to explore the region.

After researching activities on TripAdvisor, we decided that we needed to get some exercise, so we chose to hike “The Dragon’s Back.” What an experience! We took a taxi that whisked us 30 minutes outside the city to a hilly tropical countryside with incredible views. There was a little drama when the taxi arrived. I opened my door and the glass shattered! The window glass was everywhere and we couldn’t figure out how it happened. Either way, we decided that it would be best to just keep moving and not try to explain the situation through broken English.

The two-mile hike led us through the tropical countryside, and across a ridge that overlooked the ocean and small towns. Three hours later, the path led us into Big Wave Village, which is a quaint beach town. We had a light lunch, rented some beach chairs, went swimming in the ocean, and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.

That evening, we decided to go to Victoria Peak for dinner. We chose a fantastic Chinese restaurant called Tien Yi, which had fantastic views of the city below.

The dinner was quite good, and we decided to order Peking Duck, which some of our group is not fond of, but is something we have to order every once in awhile for the experience. They deliver a whole cooked duck to the table, carve it into little pieces, and then you eat it with tortilla-like pancakes, cucumbers, green onions, and hoison sauce. It isn’t my favorite Chinese dish, but I it is good to eat every once in awhile.

The following day we heard a full day of great auditions at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The talent in Hong Kong is always high, and the English level is also high, which makes for a nice pool of applicants.

After auditions, we went out to another traditional Chinese restaurant called Peking Garden, which is across the harbor in Kowloon and has been a annual tradition of this group over the past 30 years. The food is superb, and they have noodle-making shows that are fun to watch. It is amazing to see how throwing, slapping, and pulling a single piece of dough can make noodles.

Now we are off to Bangkok, and I am sure I will have plenty of stories to report from there!


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