On a recent trip to Guangzhou I decided to take my friends to the Chimelong International Circus, which was my best memory from a previous trip in 2010. I remembered the massive circus tent, the sheer number of international artists and the smiles on these Chinese kids faces.
We stayed 2 days, 1 night and I thought the circus would be a nice thing to do at night, something with a ‘sense of place’ unique to Guangzhou and a safe bet for good entertainment. And it just met my expectations. The show had changed since I last saw it but there were still many overseas artists, mostly from Eastern Europe. The rhythm was excellent with fast and loud numbers alternating with slower and more poetic ones. Most animals from the nearby zoo also part of Chimelong Resort appeared on stage but no apparent cruelty or disrespect.
I am a resident of Hong Kong and I have always thought we lacked of entertainment for tourists. So here is why Hong Kong should have a circus too:
– Circus can mix local and international numbers, therefore providing a ‘sense of place’ together with an international feel (critical for visitors to Hong Kong)
– Circus are easy to update and therefore attract repeat visitors (something Hong Kong will need to start working on sooner or later)
– Circus are for all ages: families with young kids, young couples on a date, elderly groups (all seen in Guangzhou)
– Circus are the must-see evening show in many cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou
Do you agree with me? Now here are a few pictures of the Chimelong International Circus if you haven’t been before, hoping it will rally you to my cause: