Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics Show

Price guide: Expensive

36 Dongsanhuan North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Price guide: Expensive

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Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Live entertainment

Best for Fun - Expert review of Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics Show

No one can leap and tumble quite like a Chinese acrobat, as this entertaining show proves.

Even though Chinese acrobatics dates back some 2000 years, the glitzy, laser-strewn performance at Chaoyang Theatre owes as much to Circe de Soleil camp as those early pioneers. Production-wise it’s much less polished than the aforementioned Canadian circus empire, but make no mistake, the lithe guys and girls here are some of the best tumblers, balancers and hoop jumpers in the world. My favourite bit involves what looks like a giant hamster wheel upon which muscular men perform various body-defying feats of athleticism as it spins at breakneck speed. An astonishing spectacle.

Price advice: 

Most hotels will be able to book tickets for the two nightly shows here, with the prices starting upwards of 200 RMB for seats at the back. The theatre’s fairly small, so there’s little point shelling big bucks for seats at the front.

Expert tips: 
Booking through a hotel isn’t necessary – there are almost always spare seats if you turn up a few minutes before the performance.
Kill two tourist birds with one stone – catch the matinee performance at 5:15pm then dine on Peking duck after the show at Dadong, a short walk up the road.

More information on Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics Show:

Price guide:
Theatre / opera house / concert hall
36 Dongsanhuan North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
+86 10 6507 2421
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
There are two performances daily, at 5:15pm and 7:30pm

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