This is my experience in Beijing, China in the Summer of 2009.
If you came to this webpage first, it's better if you
start from the beginning of the story.
Sunday, July 26
FISM Day 1
Welcome Dinner Show
Set my alarm for 8am hoping to make the hotel's buffet breakfast but
was in the middle of a dream when it went off.
Put it on snooze and I was in a dream again when it
went off. I always seem to be dreaming when the alarm
goes off which isn`t good. This time I set my alarm to
10am and managed to finished my dream before I
naturally woke up at 9:30am.
Packed up my stuff and I am pretty much ready to go.
FISM, here I come!
Just checked into the Intercontinental Beijing Beichen Hotel.
The room is really nice. Bigger than the other 5 star
hotels I've experienced during this trip.
This is a REAL 5 STAR HOTEL.
They put me in a room facing the corner
of traffic but I can barely hear it. I`m assuming they
have great sound insulation.
The service here is fast, polite and impeccable.
And the employees here all speak passable English.
FISM Day 1
Finally registered for FISM! It was touch and go there.
You couldn`t cross the hotel-convention center bridge
until you registered. You had to cross the street and
walk all the way around the convention building just to enter it!
Then you had
to go to the 3rd floor to register.
Then I went to Plenary Hall B
to find my friend, Cathy, one of the organizers for FISM in Beijing.
She was coordinating the stage competition
rehersals. We`re going to get lunch later.
They have wifi service at the convention center but it`s connected to the internet
service at the CNCC hotel and not my hotel, the Intercontinental. Blah!
In my hotel room again. Just had a bowl of noodles
with Cathy. According to her, there are no nearby
restaurants in the convention center and that is an
annoying problem here.
Well, there are over priced
restaurants in my hotel and I`m sure there are some
at the CNCC hotel.
Going through through my FISM materials. What a grab bag of loot!
The FISM magazine is great!
They should have printed a little
map of the convention center that you can carry around
than just print it in the magazine.
I found that I continually needed a small map of the convention center
I didn't care for the PINK t-shirts
they were giving to the
It makes more sense to give away WHITE t-shirts
to the conventioneers instead.
(The FISM volunteers should have been
given the pink t-shirts so they stand out.)
Also, it looks like I won't be taking pictures of FISM performances.
According to the rules in the FISM Magazine, they DO NOT ALLOW flash cameras or video cameras
during the performances.
So the rest of this China trip website won't have many pictures of FISM. :(
The first hour of the opening ceremony was pretty boring.
They could have livened it up and made it more entertaining.
This is a magic convention after all.
The opening shows were good, particularly the acrobat
act. It was just amazing! Also the closing act by the
same Chinese girl, Shen Juan, who competed in SAM a few years ago
03/11/11 Update -
I added a video clip of the Chinese acrobat act. It's crazy! Check out the link below.
Welcome Dinner Show
In the dining hall for the Welcome Dinner Show.
The food was simply GREAT! They really went all out here.
I've been to my share of mass dinner parties and the food
was never really good. This mass dinner was the best
I've ever experienced. The food was plentiful and delicious.
The service was quick and impeccable.