The First Day of the Conference - 2007 Oct 22

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The hotel's breakfast buffet - To accommodate western tourists, the hotel served eggs, sausage and toast along with some Chinese foods for breakfast.
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walking to the conference along the tree-lined streets of Suzhou - Everyone rode bikes or electric scooters. Traffic laws were pretty minimal apparently: whoever was going fastest had the right-of-way.
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the conference opening
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headed back to the hotel for lunch
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The night life in Suzhou is pretty busy. There were always lots of people going up and down the main street.
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On the first night of the conference, we went to the Master-of-Nets Garden. The Garden was a large house, once owned by a rich man.
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some musicians in the garden
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a flutist playing over the pond in the central courtyard
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dancers
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a fan dance
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another musician, playing the Chinese Guqin
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the dance of the rich man
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walking from one room in the house to the next
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a Chinese folk band
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some kooky tourist in a Chinese doorway

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