Unfortunately, and to our great frustration, we missed the first 15 minutes of the show - which only lasts an hour - thanks to our driver first miscalculating the Beijing traffic congestion and then getting lost. But we think we did see the most impressive parts of the show.
The storyline is actually a bit weak and is not helped by the fact that (if you can't read Chinese) the short English summary that is provided on a screen to the right of the stage is written in very clumsy and sometimes incomprehensible "English". So if you spend too much time trying to decipher the text you will miss a lot of the show. Best to ignore the text and concentrate on the dancers etc. The choreography etc. is also not always top-notch (we are not talking the Bolshoi here!). One of our trampolinists missed his footing and had what looked like a fairly painful fall.
Regardless, these imperfections are more than made up for by the special effects, especially the flood scene (apparently inspired by a similar scene in a Parisian show several decades ago). The volume of water is truly breath-taking. Probably best not to sit too close to the stage. We were seated about 15 rows back, which was ideal, being close enough to receive the occasional tiny drop of spray - but the people sitting in the first couple of rows seemed to get a fair drenching! Other special effects ranged from amusing to impressive (the peacocks are real!). This show has the advantage in that you see both traditional Chinese dancing and theatrics as well as acrobatics.
Have read other reviews where people complain about the price. We pre-paid for VIP seats and found the price reasonable by European standards. Reckon where you are seated is all important, certainly if you are stuck right at the back of the theatre with a partially obscured view of the stage you won't be as impressed...!
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