After a punishing 14-hour flight, the second and smaller portion (Group B) of Pacific Symphony arrived in the most populous city on Earth, in the most populous country on Earth — Shanghai, China — at approximately 6:30 a.m. local time, Tuesday, May 7.
We had departed LAX at a little after 1 a.m. on Monday. That’s a lot of time to watch movies. Upon arrival, we had to clear immigration and customs (we were all electronically fingerprinted) and then we waited for the bus to arrive.
When the bus for our luggage arrived on this wet and dreary morning, we noticed an advertisement on back for our concert tomorrow night.
It’s been nice to say hello to many of the musicians again, quite a few of them for the first time since the 2006 European tour. Then it was another hour or so into downtown Shanghai, much of it spent on an elevated freeway peering out the windows at the vast metropolis.
Downtown Shanghai is very modern and includes the fourth largest building in the world — one of these I think:
Luckily, the orchestra doesn’t have to perform today. The first rehearsal and concert is tomorrow. Tonight, there’s a press conference of some type which I plan to attend. Meanwhile, here’s the view from my hotel room.