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Peking Opera Night Show Tour

My daughter married a Chinese man and living in Beijing. This time I visited them for half a month. The son-in-law is a good man. During these days, he drove me to various famous attractions of Beijing, and showed me the most beautiful and interesting places. But I only have strong feelings about the Peking Opera Show.

Peking Opera Show in Liyuan Theater

It is said that the Peking Opera show is also the favorite show for the local Beijing aged. As the essence of Chinese culture, I was also interested in it as a foreigner. My son-in-law booked a related tour for me to enjoy the Peking Opera show in a situated environment. Luckily, the tour guide is very kind to me. Before the show, she introduced me the origin of Peking Opera show firstly, and explained the story about the show would be performed.

In fact, I have little understand about what they were singing, but I liked their facial makeup and costumes very much. It is said that the facial makeup represents different roles as well as the costumes. Most facials reflect the characteristics and temperament of these roles they played. Especially the costumes are all very beautiful with vivid pictures such as dragon, phoenix, etc. And they are cultured in fact. According to the tour guide, the player in ordinary costumes without any pictures plays the ordinary being; in well-quality costumes with animals plays officials and in gorgeous costumes with dragon or phoenix plays ruler or princess. Even the headwear has different distinctions. From above, I found the details of Peking Opera show also have origins. It is really cultural deposits of a big country with long time history.

At the end of this time in Beijing, my daughter sent me some CDs about Peking Opera for me to watch them at home.

Taiji Learning in Temple of Heaven

Only US$ 16, I joined the Taiji class organized by BeijingLandcapes.com. I have deep impression about Chinese Taiji Quan on TV, and wanted to try it. Taiji Quan, a traditional Chinese Kungfu, has long history. Now, Taiji Quan is adopted to practice spirituality and improve the physical fitness. In early morning, I always see many people play Taiji in open squares and areas. Together with our friends more than 10 persons, we booked this Taiji class tour to learn the peaceful Chinese Kungfu.

Taiji Learning

Arrived at the east of Sacred Bridge in Temple of Heaven, we met our Taiji master and introduced each other. Short rest, our master explained the origin, development, classification and function of Taiji Quan briefly. The term "Taiji" refers to the yin-yang principle of the interplay between two opposite forces in nature. The "Quan" literally means "fist", a kind of unarmed combat. Taiji Quan is based on the simple principle of the soft overcoming the hard. Concentrating on correct posture and breathing control, Tai Chi's movements are fluid, graceful and well balanced, promoting the complete harmony of body and mind.

Look like very easy, but Taiji Quan is hard to learn and control. The master always corrected our posture and breath, and we found it is very difficult different what we see in open square. Even, you should care three parts of your body at same time, including hands, feet and body. Different with other Chinese Kungfu, Tiaji needs soft strength, and it is very hard for men. But we all doubt why the master does very well and he is also a man. After the 2 hours, the master tested us and gave a Chinese typical gift to the best man.

It is very interesting thing for me, and I have fallen in love with it. I would learn it continually.

Acrobatics Show, Wonderful Night Tour in Beijing

I want to visit every characteristic of Beijing in this time during my first Beijing trip. I heard of the night Beijing is so wonderful and beautiful from my friend had visited Beijing before me. So I decided to make every night in Beijing more interesting. I have wandered in Houhai Bar Street, Sanlitun Bar Street, Blue Harbor, acrobatics show, etc. Every night left me deep impression.

Night Scenery of Houhai

About 6:00pm, the tour guide and driver picked me up and transferred to theater. Because I booked the bus tour, I met several new friends in this car. We even talked about our tour in Beijing and share the experiences. Upon arrived at the theater, we were led to the seats by the tour guide and staff in theater. I was rejoiced that I enjoyed this acrobatics show in Beijing. It was the other essence of China worth to see.

The tour guide told us the acrobatics show performs every night and last about one and a half hour and the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe is one of the best in China on the way. An acrobatic show has become the mostly popular evening entertainment for tourists in Beijing, besides the acrobatic show, still has Chinese Kungfu Show and Peking Opera Show. They are the main entertainments in evening of Beijing. Choosing one of them, you will know about a part of Chinese history and culture.

I was shocked by the soft body and techniques of performers, so that I cannot believe my eyes. I enjoyed the gravity-defying contortionism, Jumping through hoops, Hand feats, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts, etc. I wrote these names of skills deliberately, in order to list them on my journey book. The whole process gave me huge surprise in various sides.

Ended of this night show tour, we were sent to our hotels one by one. Besides the performance, I had to say the price and service offered by BeijingLandscapes.com were the most satisfied to me.

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