Take your seat as the lights go down – the show’s about to begin at the fabulous Beijing Acrobatics Theatre. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see the incredible Chinese acrobats, famed throughout the world for their rigorous training regimes and incredible skill and grace. Your tour guide and the theatre staff will escort you to your seat, where you can sit back and enjoy the spectacle.
Acrobatic shows have become one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in Beijing, and the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe, founded in 1957, is one of the best in China. Enjoy watching the rubbery contortionists twist their bodies into pretzel-like shapes you wouldn’t believe possible. Skilled jugglers and unicyclists will take your breath away, and the chair-stacking and plate-spinning acts will defy gravity and leave you wondering how such precision and accuracy is possible. Pole balancing and rope dancing require inordinate amounts of balance and skill, and the tumbling show demonstrates these athletes’ total mastery of their art.
Acrobatics in China have been practised for nearly 2,000 years, with grave paintings showing acrobats in action dating to the Warring States period. As each generation of acrobats teaches the 'Show of One Hundred Skills’ to the next, practice has certainly paid off. With their hoops, balls, ribbons and intricate colourful costumes, the talented acrobats will have you riveted from start to finish.