Chaoyang Acrobatic Show

One evening some friends and I went to go see the Chaoyang Acrobatic Show.  It was absolutely unbelievable and included acts with 30 girls balancing on one small moving bike, people contorting their bodies in inhuman ways, and high-flying stunts that made the entire audience gasp.  At one point, a huge spinning contraption was lowered from the ceiling, and two men clamored on top of it to keep from getting flung into the crowd 50 feet below.  They progressively made their situation more dire even putting blind folds on.  At one moment, while one of the acrobats had a blind fold on, he ran around the top of the spinning structure and caught his foot.  In that split second, the crowd went crazy, and I personally thought we would all witness him fall to a certain demise.  I don’t know whether it was planned or not, but he definitely tripped, and faltered, just barely grabbing hold of the structure with his hands rather than staying on top of it on his feet.  It was troubling but exciting nonetheless and the whole show kept you–literally–on the edge of your seat, gripping the person next to you in anxiety for the death-defying, out-of-this-world performances.

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the show, although their website: http://www.thebeijingguide.com/shows/acrobats.html gives you a good taste of what the show entails.

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