I think it has something in common with my exploration of cold places, that is similar with just exploring unknown. Or actually, not just unknown travel locations, but also just the kind of places that normally people don’t go to. While Beijing might sound like a common travel destination to many, in fact I know a whole lot of westerners who have been there or just plan to go there. Here in Japan however it is a little different, where people tend to go to more cleaner and “safer” locations in China. For example Taiwan and Hong Kong are extremely popular amongst the Japanese. But not me, I wanted to see something real and wouldn’t mind it being hard core either. And that pretty much lead me to the fascinating world of the so called “Acrobatic Show Beijing“, which I will never, ever forget.
Pretty much no one had ever told me, that I could or couldn’t do what I wanted. That has always been a good motivator to find my own courage to do things the way I like. Often enough these things have been rewarding, such as the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe that makes western or Japanese acrobatics look like nothing. My original plan was to just see the sights, like The Great Wall of China for example. But because I have so much experience in traveling, I am always ready to change plans in mid flight. Something people think I am a little crazy because of that. This couldn’t be further from the truth, at least in some cases. For example, I love shows, circus and acrobatics which sounds pretty ordinary to me!
But the show in Beijing was far from ordinary as it was so detailed, so skillful and magical at the same time. I could not hardly blink my eyes because I didn’t want to miss one part of it. All the movements of the performers was made with extreme care. Because one slip of a movement could cause an acrobat to fall from a dozen floors of chairs, or to hurt one self jumping as high as the ceiling. I must say that the very classics were my favorites, something that just thrills you and is easy to understand the brilliance of it all. You know, like a “circus atmosphere” although I have understood that this Chinese variety art is not to be confused with the western sense of what circus is. Of course I understand that, but I believe that there needs to be that show ‘bizz’ thing if you know what I mean.
I have to say, that watching the whole thing through I felt very warm inside. Kind of like back at home in Hokkaido, with a warm fire place to feel comfortable with. It’s funny to say but there really was a similarity between the two. Either way, the acrobatics in Beijing was simply fantastic. And for those who want to learn more, I seriously recommend watching this Chaoyang Theatre trailer which will blow you away.
See you next time, with more interesting travel stories. From the cold, warm world of ours.