The acrobatic troupes based in Shanghai are famed for their artistry, daring and accomplishment, and an excellent place to watch them is the noteworthy Shanghai Acrobatic Dome. Here you can watch sensational, world class acrobatics which are as accomplished as any such performances on the globe.
Acrobatics in China has been called a national art, and is regarded as one of the most ancient performance arts in the vast nation. Acrobatics are considered to have been born in the Warring States Period, from 475 to 221 BC. It is said that Chinese acrobatics evolved from the movements made during performing arduous labour and self-defence skills. From these early beginnings the performances evolved over the centuries, to become the refined and aesthetically pleasing art form seen today.
Modern Chinese acrobatics were commenced with the Great Chinese Circus which was established by a street acrobat who returned to China with his Russian spouse. Although the effects of the Second World War led to a considerable decline in the numbers of acrobats in China, the situation was improved by the Communist administration itself, which sponsored and developed the acrobatic arts.
In Shanghai visitors may watch acrobatic performances which involve astounding feats of strength, flexibility, will-power and endurance which seem to defy the limits of the human body. You will be able to watch exploits like amazing contortionism, unicycling, juggling, plate-spinning and chair stacking.
It is not easy to master such amazing skills of coordination and finesse. Acrobats commence their training at a tender age, with the initial two years devoted to developing flexibility and strength as well as mastering tumbling, balancing and dancing skills. The next three to five years are spent mastering the individual acts; acrobats undertake their first public performances at about the age of 16.
However all the hard work pays off in the sensational performances like those presented at the Shanghai Acrobatic Dome. A special feature at the Dome is the inclusion of trained animals such as pandas in the show.
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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+