The Chaoyang Theatre acrobat show is really fun. It`s amazing to see all the stunts that the performers have put together. It is similar to watching Cirque du Soleil, but acts and props are all in Chinese fashion.
There are shows every night, 5:15-6:30pm and 7:15pm-8:30 so depending on your schedule and other sightseeing, one of the times should fit in.
Buying tickets at the theater box office is more expensive then finding other discount options. The theater isn’t too large but with nightly shows, you should be able to get seats for your preference.
I had thought about attending this on previous trips to Beijing but had been a little reticent, thinking that it might just be a tourist trap. Well, it’s certainly geared to tourists, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a fantastic show to attend and highly recommended.
We bought the cheapest tickets – I think around Y170 through our hotel though I think they were cheaper for the children – and the view was just fine. The Chaoyang Theatre’s well located – just down the road from Sanlitun, the bar area of town.
As we arrived, we were met by someone with perfect English – have no idea how he worked out who we were, but he guided us to our seats, explained the format (pretty straightforward – two parts, short interval), and showed us where we could get cabs afterwards.
Each half comprised four or five acts, with alternating men and women. The show itself was just stunning and the stunts were original and breathtaking. The costumes were also fantastic – there is a final parade which is just mind boggling.
We took three generations – my parents, me and hubby and our kids (8 and 11) and it pleased us all.
My parents have very high standards, surviving in the UK on a diet of Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Covent Garden etc, and I was concerned they might find it of not a sufficiently high quality to satisfy their tastes – but they absolutely loved it.
Unlike other reviewers, I disagree that it’s like Cirque de Soleil – personally, I find the Canadian version a little soulless and a bit too perfect/polished – you almost forget that the performers are human. Whereas the Chinese acrobats are much more personable – every now and then they make a little mistake – it actually reinforces just how difficult the feats are and you feel more involved, willing them on to succeed.
So, a definite thumbs up.
We bought discounted tickets through this online, www.acrobaticsshowbeijing.com with discount price. We arranged by email to pay them in cash on the night of the performance. We met up with a rep abt 30 mins before the show started, paid him & he then went to get the tickets from the box office. You can pre-book but I think there is a surcharge as they use Paypal. The wasn’t fully booked so there were lots of tickets available. The performance isn’t exactly traditional Chinese acrobatics set to Chinese music. There’s use of pyrotechnics & western style music as the cast perform their acrobatics. It was entertaining though. Reminded me of Cirque du Soleil too!