Located in the bustling business district of China’s most modern and fast paced cities is the Flying Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyang Theatre in Beijing. This breath-taking acrobatic show has thrilled audiences since 1984. Daily, daring acrobatic feats defying gravity and biomechanics are performed much to the amazement of tourists and locals alike. It is about Acrobatics in China had its genesis over some 2500 years ago with skillful men showcasing their agility and strength with awe-inspiring stunts using chairs, bowls, jars, tables and other everyday objects.
They displayed balance, agility and creativity with jaw dropping balancing acts. Acrobatics was not considered a refined and respectable art form in old China and performances were usually done in the streets. It was in the latter half of the 1600s that it gained approval from the Imperial Court and became a part of the general line up for festivals and other annual celebrations. True respectability for the art form was achieved in 1949 under the People’s Republic of China where government funding helped to establish troupes and provide necessary funding to the art form. The inclusion of music, colorful costumes, group performances and theatrical techniques were later added to the art form and in the 1990s thematic shows were developed.
The Chaoyang Theatre was designated as a tourism performance centre by the Chinese government in 1986, and has hosted dignitaries and world leaders including the International Olympic Committee. The Chaoyang Theatre is ideally located in Beijing’s Chaoyang District which is the Central Business District close to commercial, transportation and cultural centres in Beijing. With many foreign embassies, modern shopping malls, lively nightclubs and swinging bars makes it even popular among tourists. Chaoyang in English means “facing the sun.”
The Chaoyang Theatre is a grand 3000 square meter architecture with seating for up to 1400 persons. It is divided into four halls, three movie halls and one for live performances. One of the cheapest places to stay in Beijing is nearby: Zhongshun Hotel charging just 16$ per room and night. The seating capacity makes it easy for accommodating groups and families yet intimate enough for couples and singles. The Flying Acrobatic Show includes skilled choreography, inventive stunts, action, colour, scares and thrills. With high wire stunts, unbelievable contortionists, heart thumping bicycle and fire stunts and an enthralling traditional “Lion Dance.” It is no wonder it is ever growing in popularity. Experience old China transition into the new, watch stories unfold through the artistry and skill of the Flying Acrobatic Show while being able to afford accommodation in close vicinity like the Longteng Business Inn or Aimin Guesthouse.
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