Wangfujing

As you know a Trip to China (or at any part of the world) is not completed without at least a little bit of shopping and if you Travel to Beijing the best place you can go if you want to avoid the bargaining of the Silk Market and you wish for a place where […]

As you know a Trip to China (or at any part of the world) is not completed without at least a little bit of shopping and if you Travel to Beijing the best place you can go if you want to avoid the bargaining of the Silk Market and you wish for a place where Chinese people goes shopping too is Wangfujing.

Wangfujing literally means “Prince’s mansion well” and it’s located near the Tiananmen square although there is a metro station called “Wangfujing” which leaves you just in the middle of the shopping street.

It’s been commercially active since the Ming dynasty and in the Qing dynasty was the place where the aristocrats chose to live after a well of sweet water was discovered there.

Although it was known for a period of time as the Morrison Street (after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison) and that sometimes the traffic was allowed in now Wangfujing street is one of the most popular streets in Beijing.

Now it holds more than 280 famous Chinese brands and also a good range of international brands that have their space in the street.

And if you want to have a snack or eat something in the area there are a lot of options you can do; you can always go to the fast food (There is a McDonalds, KFC…) or to the restaurants that offer Beijing duck and a lot of Chinese specialties.

But if you are brave enough and you want to try different things you can go to the Snack Street and buy some of the dishes that are available, there you can try the most bizarre things such as; sheep brains, cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, ants, snake, crocodile , entire ducklings and a range of animals that you can’t imagine.

If you don’t dare to eat this things in the Snack Street you can also find Chuanr (a kind of kebab with lamb meat) and desserts like caramelized fruits or candy fruits in a stick, all very transportable because the Snack Street is situated in a hútòng area so there’s not much space to eat there.

Wangfujing Street and its surrounding area are a part of Beijing that you cannot miss in your Beijing trip. So, my recommendation is that, even if you are here for a short time make sure that at least you spend some time there, just shopping (either for yourself or souvenirs) or just to try all the exotic food!

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Acrobatics in Beijing.

On July 20, 2012, in Beijing, Entertainment, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

If you travel to Beijing you will see that most of the tourist attractions are closed by six in the afternoon, which leaves you plenty of time in the evening to enjoy Beijing’s night life. And what’s better than an acrobatic show to end a fantastic day of Beijing tour? There are plenty of places […]

If you travel to Beijing you will see that most of the tourist attractions are closed by six in the afternoon, which leaves you plenty of time in the evening to enjoy Beijing’s night life. And what’s better than an acrobatic show to end a fantastic day of Beijing tour?

There are plenty of places to go and see an acrobatic show and every theater has a different play to show the public the magnificent acrobats that exist in China.

Depending on the theater you are going you can see different shows; for example, if you go to the Red Theater you will see acrobatics mixed with Kung-fu, if you are going to Liyuan Theater Beijing Opera with acrobatics.

But the “normal” plays are the ones that you can see in Chayoang Theater, Tian Qiao Theater and Tiandi Theater, they are just the “acrobatic show” and they follow the same structure, it’s just the scenery that changes depending on the size of the theater.

The show is about a man (a clown) and a female sidekick/helper, which go on an adventure to find a treasure hidden in the depths of a dark cave.

To reach that treasure he’ll have to face lots of perils such as the Death warriors and

the Keepers of the Treasure but he’ll have time to enjoy some things as the dance of the faeries in the forest.

All in all the “Quest” of the main character is just an excuse to see the incredible acrobats doing fantastic things such as; jumping in and out circles, dance and bend  with plates full of cups,  juggle with ten balls or four umbrellas, jump between poles,  and play with Diablos.

At some point the main character seem to die and that’s the signal for the final act, the most spectacular, a show with fans and bicycles that end with ten dancers (or more) on a bicycle running in the stage, making the end of the show a very astonishing and beautiful scene.

These shows are not very long, less than two hours, so you don’t have time to get bored and you can go and have some dinner later as it’s not that late when you exit the show and normally there are lots of offers near the theaters.

If you want to have a good time in Beijing one night and you want to see a show, but you don’t want to spend hours and hours in the Opera, give an opportunity to the Acrobatics Show! You will be surprised and amazed by the ability of these Chinese artists to dance, bend their bodies, jump unbelievingly high and their ways to juggle with objects like umbrellas or Diablos.

This is one thing that you must do when you travel to Beijing and it’ll be worth the experience because you will have some amazing memories to bring home and a fantastic story to tell your friends!

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Spending summertime in terraces

On July 18, 2012, in Beijing, Nightlife, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When I travel to Beijing in summertime, I like to spend my days outside and relax in some terraces of this city sheltered from the beating sun. Even if all restaurants have air conditioner, and make you feel comfortable inside, nothing compares to a good time in a terrace (sometimes they are equipped with big […]

When I travel to Beijing in summertime, I like to spend my days outside and relax in some terraces of this city sheltered from the beating sun. Even if all restaurants have air conditioner, and make you feel comfortable inside, nothing compares to a good time in a terrace (sometimes they are equipped with big fans spraying mist water). Let me introduce you all the places to enjoy summertime in a terrace during your Beijing tour for a drink in the afternoon, a meal or to hang out at night.

Spend some good time with a drink after a walk

After visiting the Forbidden City or wandering in the hutongs, Houhai is a nice place to have a drink and rest. Houhai is a lake between hutongs and the Forbidden City; it is famous now for all the cafés, bars and restaurants in the surroundings. The drinks or meals in this area is not that cheap, quite expensive I would say, but having a drink on daytime is cheaper than at night. But the great thing is the view; you can refresh watching the lake and people on pedal boat, you will feel like escaping from the city. Moreover many cafés have terraces, and even if they are not visible, they often have rooftops where you can enjoy a fresh glass of juice.

Eating outdoor

Guloudajie, near the Beijing hutongs, is famous for its numerous restaurants, terraces or rooftops are not visible from the outside at first glance but you will be surprise by the tranquility in these places. If you go on the restaurants in the little alleys you will find some good surprises! And if you miss having brunch, the Bridge Coffee (in WuDaoKou) is for you. This coffee provides American menus and it is extremely popular among foreign students who live around. The coffee is good and you have a large choice among the cakes and breakfast meals. Why not having a brunch there on a sunny Sunday morning?

Dancing in rooftops

Summertime is the best season to contemplate the illuminating city at night. No one likes to be stuck in random crowded clubs as the weather is so good outside! Beijing is full of rooftops to hang out at night. For example last Friday I went to the opening of a new rooftop whiskey bar in Sanlitun, called 99 degrees, by a French restaurant owner who already has a lot of restaurants in Beijing (Le Petit Gourmand). The advantage was that they could offer free cocktails and free BBQ prepared by a French chef for the opening. Near this new whiskey bar, there are the Kokomo and Migas. Kokomo is a nice bar/club with affordable drinks in the neighborhood, highly appreciated by all foreigners. Migas atmosphere is classier, people are better dressed, and music is less loud than in clubs, in fact it’s like if you were in a cocktail party. The crowd is between 25 and 40; you can have a drink sitting in some tables or in giant eggs with some cushions for a cozy atmosphere. There are so many beautiful terraces in Beijing, but I must say that the Yin Bar has the most beautiful view of the capital. Imagine the illuminated roofs of the Forbidden City and Temple of the Coal Hill shining like stars at night just for your eyes? You can afford it going to the top of The Emperor Hotel.

I hope that my article helped you to find good places to take a lot of nice pictures during your China travel! Don’t hesitate to send some to us and participate to our photo contest!

Nightlife at Wudaokou : Student hangouts

On July 3, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, by Jack Li

Have you ever been to WuDaoKou during your travel to Beijing ? WuDaoKou is located in the 4th ring of Beijing, Haidian district. This place is known as the “student’s area” because of the numerous universities around. I think that this place is way more fun than SanLiTun if you don’t have a lot of […]

Have you ever been to WuDaoKou during your travel to Beijing ? WuDaoKou is located in the 4th ring of Beijing, Haidian district. This place is known as the “student’s area” because of the numerous universities around. I think that this place is way more fun than SanLiTun if you don’t have a lot of money to have a drink and chill out with your friends. Of course clubs and bars in SanLiTun is more sophisticated and more expensive than WuDaoKou’s ones, but the two places don’t target the same clientele. Moreover, there you can find all the foreign students who came in Beijing to study at the universities around. If you want to make new friends from all around the world and have some fun, here you are !

The neighborhood is not very vast, almost all the restaurants,bars and clubs are concentrated on this single street, at CaiJingDongLu. Let me introduce you some of these places, I mean the ones it would be interesting for you to go and see on your China travel.

Helen’s Café

Helen’s bar & Café is a staple in WuDaoKou. It is know as the international student hangout, especially made for backpacker types. Here you can find diner type meals and all kind of drinks (cocktails, beers, buckets…) at a very good price. The music is good, you can feel free to dance or even sing on Thursdays for the Karaoke night. The waiters are kind, they will be glad to have a conversation with you if they are not too busy and some of them can perform magic tricks ! The most striking thing when one comes in are the walls covered with graffiti. Everyone can write something to say “I was here” or to leave any message you want. It’s a place full of life and probably one of my favorite, not to say my favorite. However, I must say that when the bar is overcrowded, standing in while everyone is bumping on you is not that funny but I like this place anyway.

La Bamba
This is place where you can eat Mexican food, but don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say that it was a Mexican restaurant. La Bamba is a 2-floor-restaurant/bar, there Mexican food is served as well as burgers, pizzas, or pastas. The first floor looks more like a bar, and the second floor like a restaurant, but you can eat on both of the floors, the music is just louder downstairs. While all the latest hits are playing, you can play darts and a good game of pool with your friends. Meals and drinks are cheap, happy hours are from Sunday to Thursday, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at lunch time (from 11am to 6pm) dishes of the day are cheaper than usual. Sometimes music is too loud on the first floor and the service is a bit slow but it is still worth it for the price you pay.

Propaganda, Sensation & Wu Club

First, I should tell you that dressing up is not necessary to enter, they accept you just as you are, this isn’t a fancy club. The entrance won’t cost you anything, except on Wednesday for the open bar (30RMB for girls and 60RMB for boys). Second, as you can guess, parties are college type ones, wild with an underground atmosphere. They play commercial music, and don’t be surprised if they change it every 30 seconds. These 3 clubs are nearly the same, the Wu Club is much bigger. Propaganda is located just below La Bamba and next to it you have the Sensation and the Wu Club lies at the foot of the U-center building near the subway station.

Global
The Global Club used to be a Korean club, but few months ago, they decided to renew it to meet the clientele’s expectations. The atmosphere, the music, the design of the Global is likely to be the same than SanLiTun’s clubs in general. The Djs are not bad, they come from France, they are still young, but they run the party ! They often organize special parties, with dancers, gifts, contest, and other rewards. Drinks are not expensive and girls don’t pay to get in, for boys, it’s 50RMB.

So, now that you know what’s good to do there, what about chilling out some day after your Beijing tour ?

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Way down in Kokomo, or is it up in Kokomo

On June 12, 2012, in Beijing, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

If you don’t want to travel to Beijing because you don’t think China has a bumping night life you should book your tickets because Beijing is a city that harder than New York.  It is a city filled with numerous Beijing tours, tourist destinations during the day and some of the best clubs in the […]

If you don’t want to travel to Beijing because you don’t think China has a bumping night life you should book your tickets because Beijing is a city that harder than New York.  It is a city filled with numerous Beijing tours, tourist destinations during the day and some of the best clubs in the world at night. Personally my favorite club Kokomo resides in SanLiTun which is just one of Beijing’s popular night districts for foreigners and Chinese citizens alike. Kokomo is located on the 4th and 5th floors of TongLi Studios, the 5th floor is the best because it is a roof terrace with a view of Beijing and if your into football (soccer) at tables on the dance floor or even on top of the tables if you want to dance to the music while you root for your team.  It is a Caribbean themed night club but that doesn’t stop them from playing popular music from around the world. It makes sense that they play a variety of music to because Kokomo attracts people from all over the world. Walking onto the rooftop terrace is like walking into a world fair convention but everyone is there to have a good time.

Also located below Kokomo is China Doll which is more of a Chinese techno club that is always packed  and it is catered to the techno and dub-step crowd. Also across the way is a very ritzy bar called The Roof Top. However the drinks are a bit more expensive at China Doll and The Roof Top. I find that Kokomo has the best drinks and the most reasonable price.  However any of the clubs in SanLiTun are an awesome start to your first weekend in Beijing. Kokomo is also open in the early evening if you are not a late night party animal. My favorite part is that it hosts a myriad of events such as Fire Poi performers who are spectacular to watch. So if you are looking for a place to just have a beer with friends, dance the night away or have a random encounter with strangers from all over the world SanLiTun’s Kokomo is the place to be. So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and book your Beijing Flights today! As the Beach Boys sing in there song Kokomo “Everybody knows, a little place like Kokomo. Now if you wanna go. And get away from it all. Go down to Kokomo”

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Beijing: Home Away from Home

On April 19, 2012, in Beijing, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

This article is intended for anyone who will travel to Beijing and stay long enough to feel they miss some comforts from their western homeland. Sure, the malls in Beijing offer plenty of outlets which you can find back home such as McDonalds, Zara and Starbucks; but outlined below are some venues where you can […]

This article is intended for anyone who will travel to Beijing and stay long enough to feel they miss some comforts from their western homeland. Sure, the malls in Beijing offer plenty of outlets which you can find back home such as McDonalds, Zara and Starbucks; but outlined below are some venues where you can unwind and even forget your in a foreign country. All the places mentioned below are well within the city and thus suitable Beijing hotels will not be a problem too far away.

In particualar, some places down Guangqu Road might interest you. Here is where you will find western-style venues; namely, The Brick, Grinders Bar and Lily’s American Diner. If you are looking for a pub/bar, the Brick fits the bill. After noticing the brick walls when the walk in, the name of the bar becomes clear with bare ‘brick’ walls covering the interior. At first glance, the Brick might pass you by because of its small size, yet this place is worth having a relaxing drink with friends. The laid-back décor of the Brick means customers can chill out over a pint in quite an intimate setting. Hanging above the bar, for instance, you will be able to spot an old bike whilst up the spiralling staircase you and your friends will be able to enjoy a few games of pool.

A couple of doors up from The Brick is the North American-style bar, Grinders. The bar is attractive and spacious and an ideal environment to watch a sports game, drink a beer and grab a bite to eat, with the bar providing at least three decent sized screens. Perhaps the only criticism of the bar is that it is relatively expensive compared to other local venues. However, this makes sense after considering that the wide-range of their tasty beers is imported. The selection of beers on offer includes European, North America and Australian brands. Typically, you might expect to pay around 40RMB for a drink and 50RMB for their signature sub-sandwiches (which, after sampling, are definitely substantial and delicious).

If any readers are a fan of the late-1990’s early-2000’s TV show Friends, then the ‘Friend’s Café’ in Beijing is a must-see. The owners of the café have meticulously fitted the place with furniture and items to give the appearance of Central Perk café from show. Situated on the sixth floor of the Chaowai Soho complex, the café was founded in 2010 by Du Xin (who has himself been likened to ‘Gunther’, the manager of Central Perk!) The Friends Café is the perfect place to unwind and sit on the couch as the TV characters often would. The only difference here is that you have the opportunity to watch countless Friends episodes while sipping your coffee and nibbling on a cake. Alternatively, you can hang out in ‘Joey’s Apartment’ next door and play some table-football. Once a week, the café may even host some entertainment for customers to enjoy and even participate with songs and games from a Phoebe look-alike!

One more place for your consideration is Paddy O’Shea’s which is Beijing’s only Irish-owned and Irish-managed bar. This venue is full of life and was voted as the ‘Best Sports Bar in Beijing’ for over three consecutive years. The bar is roomy and, of course, serves stouts and Ireland’s famous Guinness (again, these might be quite costly). Nevertheless, this is another prime location to socialise with friends as the bar holds regular events such as weekly quiz nights and live music. Note that Paddy O’Shea’s is also the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and becomes teeming with jovial customers. That said, all these abovementioned places will hopefully encourage you to book you Beijing flights even sooner!

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Beijing – The City that Never Sleeps

On September 23, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

A Beijing tour is not complete without sampling some Beijing’s bustling nightlife. From a quiet expensive cocktail to unlimited drinks for 30RMB. Just a short walk from your Beijing hotel when the sun goes down, you will come across a new world full of excitement. Most bars and clubs stay open until 4am or later so you […]

A Beijing tour is not complete without sampling some Beijing’s bustling nightlife. From a quiet expensive cocktail to unlimited drinks for 30RMB. Just a short walk from your Beijing hotel when the sun goes down, you will come across a new world full of excitement. Most bars and clubs stay open until 4am or later so you will be no doubt be spoilt for choice!

 

Night Market
If you want to experience the smells and tastes of China at its best, then a trip to the night market in Wangfujing Street is something to behold. From starfish to live scorpions on sticks, the night market has it all! However for those who are less adventurous, there are candied fruits and traditional Chinese food such as spring rolls and Kung Pao Chicken.

 

 

 

 

Sanlitun Bar Street

This thriving place is the expats favourite desintation to party. With an endless streets of clubs and bars to suit every taste. My personal favourite is called Kokomo which is a Caribbean themed club on the 4th and 5th floors of TongLi Studios and is  a lounge and has a roof terrace (which is covered in the winter) and has received a variety of awards over the last 5years. Other notable clubs include Vics which is incredibly popular among expats and is considered one of the largest and most impressive clubs in the capital and Boys&Girls which is ones of the most popular bars on the street teamed with it’s neon lights and live Chinese pop and rock bands.

 

 

Juicy

Juicy bar is one of Beijing’s best kept secrets, situated near Chaoyang park, for a one off payment of 50RMB you get yourself a members clubcard which entitles you to free entry everyday except Wednesday (where you pay 30RMB entry fee) and entitles you to half price drinks on Sunday – Tuesday and free unlimited drinks on Wednesday. The bar also has a wide variety of different flavours of Shisha which can be enjoyed on the roof terrace for only 40RMB.

 

 

 


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For those who want a more exclusive feel, Bar atmosphere is definitely the place! Situated on the 80th floor of the China World Trade Centre, making it the highest bar in Beijing. As well as enjoying the views, you can enjoy a variety of single malts, one of the 300 available cocktails (starting at 65RMB) as well as some light snacks and cigars. This exclusive bar has a strict dress code after 6pm so make sure you get your glamrags on! In the evening there is entertainment from an excellent Jazz Band playing a variety of music from Duke Ellington to Norah Jones. This is the perfect venue for a special occasion or a romantic drink.

 

 

 

So when booking you Chinese flight, remember to look forward to the exciting nightlife that Beijing has to offer. There is something for everyone and you will not be bored of things to do.

Get all dramatic about Chinese Theatre

On July 14, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Nightlife, by Jack Li

Chinese theares have a long historical and cultural background and is deeply embedded into the Chinese way of life. Book Beijing Flights and Travel to Beijing to see what the city can offer you in the form of entertainment. There are many different forms of Chinese theatre, unfortunately it is commonly referrred to as Chinese […]

Chinese theares have a long historical and cultural background and is deeply embedded into the Chinese way of life. Book Beijing Flights and Travel to Beijing to see what the city can offer you in the form of entertainment.

There are many different forms of Chinese theatre, unfortunately it is commonly referrred to as Chinese opera, which is only one type of performing art. Chinese opera was developed in the Yuan Dynasty and became more sophisticated with four or five acts per show. The famous forms of opera include Beijing opera and Cantonese opera, which are both very unique. Beijing or Pekingese opera is the most popular and widely known category. This is a traditional Chinese form of theatre as it includes acrobatics, music, mime and dance. It arose in the 18th century and became highly popular in the Qing Dynasty. Chinese opera is now recognised as a treasure of this country and therefore a trip to China is incomplete without a visit to see a performance.

Other Chinese performing arts include Classical Chinese theatre, which can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC-1046 BC.) This type of theatrical pastime regularly incorporates happiness, mimes and acrobatic displays.

Later, in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) online casino performing arts developed into many different forms. Chinese people thoroughly enjoyed various forms of entertainment at this time, and continue to, to this day. This dynasty is sometimes called ‘the age of 1,000 entertainments.’ During this era Ming Huang created an acting school and called it The Pear Garden. His aim was to make a style of drama with a primary focus on music. Because of his success in opening a drama school, to this day Chineae actors and actoresses are commonly known as  ‘Children of the Pear Garden.’

Another type of Chinese drama which both locals and tourists enjoy is shadow play. This emerged during the Dynasty of Empress Ling and it uses show puppets to entertain the audience. Again, there are distinct categories for shadow puppetry, these are Pekingese which originates from the Beijijng area and Cantonese from the south of China. These two styles were differentiated by the appearance of the puppets and their positioning on their rods. However, no matter what form of shadow play you are fortune enough to watch, you can be sure that the plays will be full of adventure and fantasy.

Firstly, Cantonese puppets were larger and were made from thick leather which allowed more substantial shadows to be cast by them. The colour of the Cantonese puppets have hidden symbolic meaning, for instance a black face illustrated honesty, while a red face represented a brave character.

Alternatively, the Pekingese puppets are more delicate as they were made from thinner leather, which was usually from the belly of a donkey. They were painted with bright colours to cast colourful shadows. Due to an ancient supersition that the puppets could come alive at night, their heads were always removed at the end of the day. Some puppeteers went as far as keeping the head and body in separate books. Shadow play is thought to to have reached its peak in development in the 11th century, before becoming a tool used by the government.

If you think that some or all of these performing arts sounds appealing then why not book your trip with China Travel now.

Sanlitun, Beijing

On June 14, 2011, in Beijing, Cool Places, Nightlife, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Finally, your Air China flight has landed in one of the biggest cities in China your mind automatically falls on the Great wall and the Forbidden City. It is night time and your Beijing Tours starts tomorrow. You are filled with excitement, and thoughts on what is there to do in Bejing at night. You […]

Finally, your Air China flight has landed in one of the biggest cities in China your mind automatically falls on the Great wall and the Forbidden City. It is night time and your Beijing Tours starts tomorrow. You are filled with excitement, and thoughts on what is there to do in Bejing at night. You ask around and hear that the place to be at night is in Sanlitun, after a little rest you decide to go see what Sanlitun has to offer.

Sanlitun in Beijing, is located in Chaoyang district in the northeast part of the city, it was designed as a nightlife zone for locals and tourists. The nightlife area, also home too many embassies and shopping complexes, is divided into two parts, North Sanlitun and South Sanlitun. Sanlitun which is sometimes called Sanlitun Village stands out for its fashion and entertainment centre reminiscent of Tokyo. South Sanlitun is located across the large road Gongti Beilu, which has a slightly different vibe from the north side of the street. The original bars and clubs on the west side of the street were torn down before the 2008 Olympics. The village boasts its cool cafes, bars and discos, as well as a swarm of shops which carries brand names such as, Uniqlo, Apple, Nike, Lacoste, and Benetton you can find them all here when you get bitten by the shopping bug.

Also heading down the southern end of Sanlitun’s main road is Q Bar. Q Bar is apart of the Eastern Inn and sports a rooftop patio. Q Bar is widely known for its cocktails, and just may have the best Pina Colada in town. Closer to the main intersection, visitors can find the often rowdy Rickshaw, with its sports bar atmosphere, chicken wing specials and inexpensive drinks that draw in the crowds.

Sanlitun has some areas that are romantic and classical. Some are quite modern and exotic. You may go there at night with a smaller group or just a significant other. In Sanlitun the bars and most clubs stay open until morning the next day. Besides there isn’t a need to worry Sanlitun is well rounded with places to stay like Kunlun Hotel, Dongzhimen and other districts of Beijing have an amazingly array of bars, some of which are quite famous. The bars in Sanlitun has prospered, some of which are quite famous. The prosperity of bar culture in Beijing is related to the special position of Beijing in China.

So, have you booked your flight on China Travels yet? By just reading this, it gives off only a little temptation. Actually being here experiencing the nightlife and shopping in one of the most famous night spots in Beijing will change your views on going out on the town in Beijing. Visit China’s magnificent sites in the day by doing tours and such, but have control over your nights in Beijing. Mingle with people from all corners of the world while having a chilled Píjiǔ (beer). So see you next time at Q Bar perhaps?

The Acrobatics Show China tours

On November 29, 2010, in Beijing, Entertainment, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  […]

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  In the west you would go and see the ballet or go and watch a theatre production.  But in Beijing “out of many stage performances” Beijing are open to go and see the Acrobatics show.  Such an overwhelming culture shock.  Some of these moves are no circus acts.

Oozing with energy this entertainment is not to be missed.  It is believed that the performers are trained at a very young age and eventually grow into being an Acrobatics stage performer.  This is why the performers know how to put the audience on edge.  In Beijing and Shanghai one can see breath – holding acrobatics and in a few words the best way to describe it and so forth, this show can be so demanding in the timing and balancing skill it is a verge to the almost impossible.

Beijing Acrobatics lift

After the show I couldn’t help but hear someone say “I couldn’t believe it when I was in the theatre watching all the flashing light effects and loud music watching five girls performing bridge balancing one by one on each other’s shoulders right in the centre of the stage.  The girl at the bottom must have been very strong to bare all that weight.”

If you’re an acrobatics enthusiast there are many Acrobatic shows to go and see in Beijing (and in Shanghai).  This is not to be missed by the young or the old.  There is a cycling show in the centre of the stage with a big wheel going round, manned by two men running inside the wheel doing many back flips and dangerous moves.

The group show is also a favourite with the ten cycling girls finally all ending up on a bicycle with their fans spread out like a peacock.  There are also girl performers who seem so spineless that they can bend and fold their bodies to a position where the feet clasp the face and the head and hands are still able to balance glasses.

Beijing Acrobats, Spinning Balancing Discs

Other performances include martial arts, balancing of bowls, tight rope walking, pole climbing, roller skating and plate swirling.  It is great entertainment in such a short space of time.  Chinese acrobatics have thought to go back way into (475 – 221 BC) nearly two thousand years old.  Back then fire eating was largely infiltrated, knife swallowing and tight rope walking were regular features.  Shows were performed for the Imperial court.  However, with new technologies Acrobatics have taken to the indoor stage.

Success of acrobatics these days depend on good stage arts like images, music, choreography and costumes backed up by props and lighting.  The frequent local competitions in China for acrobatic excellence have made China a nation unique in an oriental form of acrobatics that is second to none in the world.

If this has inspired you to go to the Acrobatics show then don’t forget to go to China Tours.  You too can experience this exciting opportunity.  Tickets can be obtained for the Chaoyong Juchang and the Tiandi Juchang.

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