I simply cannot emphasise enough, my love and interest in the magnificent art of Peking Opera in China. However one theater beats the rest in the capital of Beijing. The prominent Liyuan Theater has been going strong with its magical performances that locals have loved for years, and visitors fall in love with every day.
This was not my first time to see such performing arts in China.. and I was not captivated by the art at first. It was not only when I came to visit Beijing a few years ago, when I saw the true form and beauty.
There are so many stories, with historical and cultural significance. Through these magical tales, you can venture into the mindset of a traditional Chinese. I found that many of the repertoires at the Liyuan Theater are perhaps some of my favorites in the past few years of getting to know many of them. Perhaps my favorites are “Farewell My Concubine”, and “The Crossroads”. It’s difficult to choose, but if you want to be sure to get a good treat.. you know where to go!
If you are visiting China and see these three characters as in the picture above: “臭豆腐”. Don’t run away, instead let the foul smell lead your way towards the stinky tofu stall! It’s a must experience for anyone visiting any part of the country. You might not like it at first, but the toughest tourists eat it everyday until they learn to not only like it, but to love just like the Chinese!
I just thought this picture of a Kung Fu artists between the performance and having a smoke was very hilarious. It shows that even though these super skilful guys look supernatural.. in the end they look pretty ordinary while having a smoke in between the performances.. :)
There is something really weird going on in Chinese supermarkets. They are huge and isles are wide, not giving the most comfy feeling. Other than that you can see huge amounts of staff working there, with almost nothing to do. Something is at odd here. It’s called, too much money.
The Child Monk is an interesting sight at the Red Theatre. This is the home of a famous kung fu show which has been running in Beijing for many, many years.. there you can see live Kung Fu action in “theater format”. While you would think that “show kung fu” has lost it’s touch to reality, the actor here are really really skillful. I was astonished at the abilities these people have.. but what really raised my curiosity is this little child who is meditating at the waiting hall of the theatre. Doing martial art stunts requires skills, but meditating in front of such a crowd is an equally skill requiring task. Interesting job I would say! <3
I just love this picture. It captivates the feel of Beijing perfectly: “Old guys, sitting around doing nothing and smoking cigarettes”. While you might think I’m just joking, I am not. It’s really a cool atmosphere and those guys that are hanging about make a big different to the feel of the city :)
Ever heard of the Legend in Beijing? Known as the “Legend of Jinsha” this beautifully performed Beijing acrobatic show is a well known spectacle in China. I had a chance to see the performance and was pretty amazed with the performance. The kid in the picture didn’t use any safety ropes, he was simply jumping on top of that robe like a trampoline, flying in the air and what now. I’m in love with Chinese acrobatics! <3
The “Beijing 2008 Olympics Tattoo Guy” is a brave example of how the Chinese are able to confront their system. Where as in Japan whole body tattoos are “not that bad”, in China this is something that’s highly frowned upon! The guy above has tattooed “Beijing 2008” on his forehead to commemorate the Beijing Olympics. Will he regret it later on? Only time will tell!
I saw these funny notice signs at the Beijing Zoo. It’s interesting I had no idea Pandas are such solitary animals, I thought they were just hugging and playing together all day but seems not. Neither did I have any idea that they are fast movers but what didn’t surprise me that their teeth would be powerful! Had a good time at the Zoo but I think Beijing is definitely not the number one stop to see Pandas in China. It’s small and crowded, at least the weather is good lately.
On the topic of hot Chinese theatre girls: Well, not all Chinese girls are good looking, but some like this one has to be one of the prettiest girls I ever saw! Spotted her at the Chaoyang Theatre performance in Beijing and fell in love instantly. Does anyone know her number?:) Seriously for such a pretty girl her acrobatics were stunning and I’m sure the Chaoyang show doesn’t pay her that much either. Would like to take her home and take good care of her, without sounding too much of a pervert!