As promised I am featuring some show nightlife for your guys. Well, I was doing research on Chinese acrobatics and no matter where I look one name pops up constantly! It's the famous Flying Acrobatic Show that's shown in the capital, Beijing. So there was only one thing left to do, reserve my tickets from Chaoyang Theatre and hop on a bullet train towards Beijing.
Once I entered the theatre building, I saw huge flocks of tourists crowd in and around the facilities. At that moment I thought that wow, this is what the buzz is about. So, I grabbed my tickets and entered the building. The theatre itself was rather old and charming, nothing spectacular but something you could imagine from a society filled with traces of held back modernization, still very evident. Surrounding area however is the highly developed, business district in Chaoyang. Next to the high-rise glass buildings, Chaoyang Theatre brings a nice contrast to the area. Knowing how fanatic the Beijingers are in destroying old buildings, makes me wonder how long will this one stand.
The show itself was nothing spectacular either. It was fun and vibrant, but did not stand up to it's name as one of the most famous acrobatic shows in China. In fact I am starting to doubt the reality of this claim. Shown twice daily, I cant help thinking that this is just a tourist trap. Perhaps if you rate it amongst other overly touristic venues, the Chaoyang Acrobatics would rate very well indeed.
Before you get your hopes down, I would like to note that the crowd went wild. Especially in the last scene where several motor cycles drive around a steal cage with the lights off. Looking at the reaction and the reviews on tripadvisor, this acrobatic show in beijing is definitely a hit , not only before the show but afterwards as well! So perhaps you'll love it. I for one look for theatre performances that are more exquisite.
My rating for Chaoyang Theatre is 7/10. Which is not bad!