More Stunning Acrobatics in Shanghai

Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Beijing report is often following the trends in performing arts, especially acrobatics. After watching an old documentary called “How Yukong Moved the Mountains” which is an incredible documentation of the last days of the Cultural Revolution.  One of the episodes on the DVD, was known as “A performance at Peking Opera”. It showed a thirty minute clip of Beijing acrobatics training and performing acrobatics that were just as amazing as todays shows have proved out to be.

This motivated us even more to seek out more amazing performances in China and not just concentrate on Beijing. Thus, we bought a train ticket to the dazzling city of Shanghai for a trip that was soon to become one of the biggest experiences in our lives.

Life was good just as the food. We had just heard of news about the incoming heat wave that was to reach record temperatures. Shanghai is a pretty hot place, especially in the summer. So news like this didn’t come that much as a surprise. To find a solution to all this, the best we could think of was to go watch an acrobatic show. There are several theatres that are not only air-conditioned but also boast some of the greatest acrobatic performances in the world. So if you are hot in the sun, find the nearest theatre for not only a good rest from the heat but an exercise of the mind. Watching such incredible feats is not for the faint hearted.

Shanghai Acrobatic Stunt

As the variety of venues is tremendously huge in Shanghai, we went to see the original Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, which still remains one of the biggest things, ever. Thanks to the Show Shanghai guide, we were able to actually find the real thing. Let’s face it, you have to be careful in China, not just in Beijing but also in Shanghai when you want to head to the “authentic” place. Guides such as this one, come in handy. Hosted at the Shanghai Center we must say it was just as amazing as in Beijing. But the atmosphere was quite different. Perhaps it’s the influence of the nearby Sea or we don’t know, but all of us had the same feeling that the show was more relaxed. While it’s not a good or bad thing, it was just a different style to the troupe that does not fail to nock your socks off!

Someone outside of the theatre asked from us, “is this the famous acrobatic show?” to which we answered: “yes, you have come to the right place”. Obviously quite some people are a bit loss at which one to go, well we want to enforce the fact that it’s Shanghai Center that has the authentic and very real and old but refreshingly innovative Acrobatic Troupe belonging to the proud city of Shanghai.

Shanghai Acrobatics

From the beautiful choreography by the most beautiful Chinese women, to the daring knife acts that the audience could take part in. We were most impressed by the freshness of the show, which was living proof of the acrobatic evolution that is taking place on stage, with constant changes. But for the fans of old classics, there is nothing to fear since the best of the ancient traditions are still well reflected within the course of the program.

We just want to say, thank you to the great city of Shanghai. And we hope to come again very soon!

Sincere reporting from China,

Beijing Report

New Stunts Coming to Chaoyang Theatre

The previously Chaoyang Theatre show in Beijing has finally brushed up the show to bring even more extreme stunts to the famous Beijing acrobatic stage! This time, there are a few tricks that will surprise even those with experience of Chinese acrobatic shows according to the  Chaoyang Theatre press interview.

New Stunts at Chaoyang Theatre

New stunts should kick in the month of May, with not much actual news on what they will be. This is the way things go forward in China, with plenty of uncertainty. But what we are certain of however, is that although being a hugely successful theatre, it is time for them to come up with something new to refresh their loyal fan base!

While we should be careful to not get too exited about such announcements before they actually happen. On the other hand, it does seem pretty official so the pressure is on them. Future will tell if they are really able to do it or not. Check out the information page about Chaoyang Theatre to follow their situation. Fingers crossed!

They also have a twitter account but I am not sure how regularly updated it is. Well try to keep you updated as well!

And Beijing Pollution Continues

It’s boring to take up the subject.. again and again. Year after year. But since nothing is happening, except that Beijing has declared war on polution.. I am increasingly conserned about the future of the nature.

Chinese officials being asked the question, “what does it mean to declare war on pollution”.. the answer are nothing but diversions, no one really knows what it means. It just sounds strong and valid. But actually if you think about it, you can see that it shows how ignorant everyone is.

Obviously war is not what we need. We don’t need more chemicals, the worlds largest artificial climate simulator. All this is going the same direction as before… more % and even more $.

The Beijing government needs to step up and go do some real field work. Go to every fcking factory in the country and demand that proper modern filters and other nature precautions are installed and operating. It’s a huge task.. but somone has to start with simple things like that.

The other super worrying move is that China will simply spread the pollution all over China so it won’t be so concentrate.. so bad? I mean what the ‘ell. China should hold on to their remaining clean natural resources.. because they are worth more than gold!

By having pollutants in smaller areas, they are easier to manage, to regulate. But for as long as the government is corrupt, they will not have real interesting in balancing out profit and proper “green investments”.

Wake up Beijing!

The Beijing Red Theatre has Seen Improvement

Red Theatre Beijing

It’s been several years sense we’ve visited the Kung Fu show scene in Beijing and we are glad that we did. There have been massive improvements over the years, probably due to the high competition in fantastic businesses that the nightlife in Beijing has seen. It seems that the acrobatic scene has had plenty of business over the years with no stop in sight, this is mainly due to the abundance of Chinese tourists.

However with Kung Fu it’s a different story and the shows are mainly flocked with western tourists, which is no longer a booming industry. In order to redesign the Red Theatre Beijing concept, a makeover such as a stunning theatre was built. Is is no longer possible to miss it as this huge building glows red through the Beijing night.

The performance as well is polished with a touch of “western sensitivity” making it more suitable for a wide range in audience, including the Chinese. First thing we noticed that finally these actors are trained enough not to make any mistakes, which is something that still happens a lot in acrobatic performances in China.

But the other thing we loved was the delicate part of the show. Obviously a lot of effort had been put in dancing acts, romantic scenes and an touch of artistic performance. This is almost unseen on such a mainstream level, we were left pondering if the Chinese really liked it or not. Check it out if your in Beijing!

Beijing Rickshaws

Rickshaws have become an integrated part of life in Beijing. Without them, Beijing would miss something.. the convenience to move around short distance. cheap and fast!

Beijing RIckshaw  However they are increasingly threatened by the government and officially are not allowed. The problem with Rickshaws is that they are noisy, dangerous and they don’t look pretty. But depending on who you ask, they bring an atmosphere and lifestyle to the city that without it Beijing would not be Beijing.

Beijing RIckshawFor foreigners learning how to ride them is the ultimate lesson of China. Because you have to haggle.. never accept the first price. Also you must communicate to the driver where you want to go in a messy city. If you can survive through this daily task, you can live in China!

Beijing RIckshaw

Liyuan Theatre Repertoir

We’ve been reported that the Liyuan Theatre is performing a new repertoir collection of the old and loved Peking Opera classics. Included are the Farewell My Concubine, The Crossroads, A Bird in Cage and Drunken Beauty. Those who wish to see the show, may get more information as well as ticket booking through the official Liyuan Theatre Google+ homepage. If you are in the city, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

Liyuan Theatre Opera

Chinese Theater Acrobatics Dazzle The Crowd At Chaoyang Theatre

Enjoyed the previous Peking Opera review? Well.. Beijing Report has another treat for you! This time another performing art form as classic and ancient as Opera: Chinese Acrobatics! The photos below are hand picked highlights from the Flying Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyang Theatre. An acrobatic venue in Beijing that is full of excitement to the highest degree!

There are other acrobatic shows in Beijing definitely worth visiting, but this is our personal favorite. Some call it the best, but we know that it depends on the type of person which show is more suitable. The style in Chaoyang is very extreme, at some cases not that family friendly. Which makes it extra thrilling!

We hope the pictures will speak for themselves. Enjoy! For those who want to visit the venue or get more information, please visit the official “Beijing Tourism Authority” authorized Chaoyang Theatre homepage.

Please note that all these stunts have been made by extremely professional Chinese acrobats, so do not attempt any of these at home. If you still wish to do so, we recommend many years of Chinese acrobatic school to learn these tricks! Just kidding, but it’s true.

Enjoy!!

Chaoyang Theatre

The artistic show is dazzling with light.

Chaoyang Theatre

The bike trick is one of the classics everyone loves.

Chaoyang Theatre

Colorful and beautiful women are plentiful.

Chaoyang Theatre

The story has it’s romantic bits as well.

Chaoyang Theatre

This is one of the most extreme balancing tricks every seen on the Beijing stage.

Chaoyang Theatre

Extremely beautiful choreography can be expected!

Chaoyang Theatre

The extremes of bodily function.

The Wonders of Appartment Buying in Beijing

Buying an apartment from Beijing has become increasingly difficult. All for good reason, to avoid the housing market bubble from bursting. Back in the days, apartments were inexpensive and while the economy was starting to boom.. Many took their chance to buy two or several residences just for themselves.

Now the price level is remarkably high and buying one is a serious investment. Those apartments that are being bought, are being sold by those who did not need to do much as to lift their finger.

But as the economy boom continues to rise on an increasing level.. apartments are still being traded in high speeds. This is why the amount of apartments being able to buy is decresead and non Beijing-residents are unable to do so at all.

Such policies have only taken the problem somewhere else, which happens to be new residental areas just ouside the border of the city. There one can still freely invest in the housing market and business is as usual.

While thanks to these prevention methods, Beijing is OK for now. Moving the problem to the outskirts is only a momentary solution. Long term effects are still virtually unknown and many believe that serious economic reform is still in great lack!

For those foreigners who are still wanting to invest to the Beijing housing market, perhaps because of the pressure from the family of the Chinese girl they are about the marry. A liable option is a so called “business apartment” which is meant for local businesses. However due the loosened laws regarding these apartments, many regular ones go with this name.

The True Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theatre

We decided to cheer up Beijing Report with a little story from our favorite Peijing Opera venue at Liyuan Theatre in Beijing. For those who don’t know what Beijing Opera is, it is traditional Chinese theatre, performed with extreme precision and diligence. There is no way you can compare it with it’s western counterpart.

The show is witty, funny.. and what’s best is the laughs you get from the over expressive faces of the performers. If you go to see it, make sure you are close enough the stage to witness how far those eyebrows can really twist.

For those planning a visit or want to know more, see the Liyuan Theatre website at: www.liyuantheatreopera.com ~ remember to book discount tickets soon enough not to miss the show!

In the case you are itching for a look or don’t have the chance to visit Beijing, please enjoy some of these amazing captions of those remarkable faces of extremely talented Chinese Peking Opera actors!

Peking Opera

Liyuan Theatre

Liyuan Theatre Beijing

Beijing Opera

Beijing Liyuan Theatre

Foreigner Life in The Bubble

Foreigners live in Beijing for all kinds of different reasons. In China however, work seems to be one of the most heavy ones. This is no surprise however as the economic situation keeps it’s steady pace of improvement, the country is full of opportunities that are no longer  possible in the western society.

As work attracts foreigners, unfortunately this move often lacks any other special interest in the country itself. Someone who has arrived to China for the first time will most likely be surprised how this abundance of opportunities comes with several drawbacks. The reason is, that not only the economy but as well as the society is in a developing mode where there is much demand for improvement.

Despite this fact, money will get you around most of the problems. At least temporarily, why many of such Beijing residents don’t consider living in the country permanently. Permanent residence will undoubtedly confront you with many everyday problems.

So you have a nice job at a nice office as well as a nice and nice car. The combination of these three and the nearest fancy shopping mall will provide you with all of life’s needs without having to set foot onto the dirty streets in between. This bubble is a life where you don’t have to mix deeply into the Chinese society, an easy way out for foreigners.

Such houses and work places are equipped with air cleaners to get rid of the pollution problem. The safety of your car and the cleanness of shopping malls will enable you to move around without having to get your hands dirty. This kind of a life is unfortunate however, since one might miss a lot of great things about Beijing. Never bringing home that real experience and tale what China really is.