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Chinese Acrobats

Don't try this at home, folks.

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We couldn’t leave China without seeing an acrobat show. We had really high expectations and the performers definitely delivered. I spent half of the show with my hands up near my eyes and mouth because the acts were truly terrifying. One man stacked chairs higher and higher and would do balancing tricks as he went. It was fun to watch until he leaned the top chair in a very precarious position and then performed a few tricks. He was about 20 feet in the air and one little mistake and he would have been hurting. Another act had two men balancing in impossible ways off of each other’s bodies. One man was about 18 inches taller than the other and he actually stood on the guy’s head on one foot. Ouch. We weren’t allowed to take photos and I wish that I could have because the acts were unbelievably good and thrillingly dangerous. The final act was a caged motorcycle act. A huge circular cage was on stage and a motorcyclist drove all around on the inside, around and around and around. They added a second motorcyclist, a third motorcyclist, a fourth motorcyclist, and then a fifth motorcyclist. They were zipping by each other at a break neck face and barely missing one another. When they finally opened the cage to let out the first cyclist, an audible sigh of relief could be heard. It was very stressful to watch! (And entertaining!)

Posted by SusanConradWang 08:33 Archived in China Tagged boats shanghai

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