Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Meetings in the morning then bullet train to the nearby city of Suzhou to discuss the showing of a BC exhibition with the Director of Suzhou Museum. The museum is in fact two: the former home of Christian convert Hong Xiuquan who, as leader of the Taipeng Heavenly Kingdom, fought a little-known (to the West) but very bloody civil war against the Manchu-dominated Qing Dynasty in the mid-19th Century; and a new I M Pei-designed museum where we'll show our exhibition. Suzhou is famous for its UNESCO-listed gardens - Humble Administrator's Garden, Garden to Linger In, Couple's Garden (lovely names) - but which unfortunately I didn't have time to see.

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