It’s been a great year and Summer is here to stay. With not too much work in our hands and a travel-mind set for the whole farm, as well as the kids especially.. I can only say that our adventurous trip to the capital of Beijing has been more than rewarding. With so much to see and do, it is difficult to choose the right thing for the kids. Most of the time, we used our developed sheep shearing skills to direct our noses to somewhere, safe! With a boasting modern society ahead, it was easy to pick the cleaner and polished side of the city. And don’t get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with some good old mud and smells, like the one that our farm is loaded with. Just in a city environment, it’s better to pass for the sake of your health.
Now not just an ordinary memory, but a long lasting memory in our stimulated minds. One of the most worth wile experiences on our trip to Beijing was definitely the one in Chaoyang Theater, which is indeed the best acrobatics show ever! These super trained, and wild acrobatic performers looked like sheep in the organized way. And before you think that we have gone totally crazy, do hear us out!
These were some of the most fantastic acrobatic feats we witnessed throughout the wonderful show of the Chaoyang Acrobats!
Surely everyone has seen in the movies, how the Chinese imitate animals inside interesting costumes, perhaps in festivals. Chinese acrobatics take this on a totally new level, by performing stunts inside these animals. While you might not spot a sheep, surely lions were exiting enough which made thrilling jumps and cool movements.
Stacked Chairs & Handstands
While you would think that stacking dozen or so chairs on top of each other would be hard enough, these acrobats always beat the performance by doing handstands on top of these huge piles. It’s just a pure delight to see how simple furniture can become a stage prop filled with such care and elegance. Some say that this act resembles a peacock because of spreading ones body in such a proud and flashy manner.
This is surely the classic of the classics and it just hits you every time. Our visit to Chaoyang Theater gave us the possibility to see this very favorite of feats up and close. Turns out that there is simply a loss of words when imagining how on earth they manage to rotate hundreds of plates with long, and thin sticks. Of course, this one is always performed by stunning, beautiful girls which makes it even better!
While it sound like some bad video game, this is in fact a hugely classic and fun trick. Best of all, kids can practice it at home. Lucky for us, Chaoyang Theater did carry a diabolo for purchase which made the perfect souvenir! For those not familiar with this twirling trick that makes your head spin, try it out!
Jumping through hoops might sound like fun, but this is something much more. With a combination of a few somersaults and back flips, while diving through small spaces is simply thrilling. They say it’s all about the timing, which for sure these acrobats have perfected to the ultimate. I did not see one single flaw in this, or any other feats during the whole theater perforamance.
Over all, the above tricks were very well done and gave us more insight to the wonders of China. We consider Chaoyang Theater as a sort of a must when looking for things to do in Beijing. It was not that high on our list when we got there, but having went there and witnessed the whole show from start to end in person. Now we finally understand, how important Chinese acrobatics is both culturally and in terms of tremendous entertainment value! This and the other experiences we had in China were valuable for understanding our red colored neighbor. Now, the Vineyard Fiber Farm of Martha can proudly say that we know something about what is Chinese and how it effects our American style of living. Just like in Chaoyang, or anywhere else in the world, we must be compassionate towards to each other. To learn each others way, so as not to discriminate anyone. This is the only path that humans, animals and nature can live peacefully together. Shearing our sheep as we go, the acrobatics of China has taught us exactly that!
God bless everyone and have a great day. See you next time for a new blog about, who knows what from the farmers themselves! Love and greets, Martha & Susan.