Last night a group of us attending the 21st Century Learning @ the West Lake Expo in Hangzhou, China, ventured downtown following our banquet to see the beautiful fountains on West Lake. This approximately ten minute show involves water fountain displays in the lake, highlighted by colored spotlights underneath the water, synchronized with different songs playing on loudspeakers on the lakeside. This fountain display takes place in the evenings every half hour. The “shows” are not all the same, different songs and fountain patterns are used at different times.

Fountains in Hangzhou, China on West Lake

Fountains in Hangzhou, China on West Lake

This short video shows the start of the first “fountain performance” we saw, which started with a recording of Elvis Presley singing, “Viva Las Vegas!” It was pretty surprising to hear this as the initial, synchronized song here in eastern China!

Here is a second video, set to different music. These were beautiful shows to watch. The temperature yesterday and last night was unseasonably warm for this time of year, in the 70’s and 80’s. (In Fahrenheit, of course.) Today a cold front has come in bringing cloudy weather and some rain, but last night was clear and warm. Good times!

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