Shanghai Circus World, regarded as China's 'No. 1 Circus World' is located in Zhabei District. Situated opposite the Zhabei Stadium to the south it is adjacent to Guangzhong Park to the north.
It has a distinctive architecture with a splendid golden vault and can seat an audience of 1638. The advanced stage facilities, lighting and sound equipment enable it to be a comprehensive performance site, which holds domestic and international circus programs, acrobatics, singing and dancing performances as well as the Shanghai International Magic Festival & Competition.
Address: No. 2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District
Transportation: Take bus nos. 46, 95, 114, 210, 253, 893, 912 or 916.
Shanghai Circus World Programs
There are two most famous and popular programs which have regular performances here. They are 'ERA Intersection of Time' and 'Happy Circus'. If you are interested in them, please refer to the detailed introduction below:
ERA Intersection of Time
Introduction: The Multimedia Theatrical Spectacular 'ERA Intersection of Time' has been performed since its debut at Shanghai Circus World in September 2005. It is unique and comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.
It is in fact a stunning acrobatic show combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technologies. The performers present Chinese acrobatics, martial arts and dance perfectly in harmony with the music, sound, lighting, and other special effects, which include a water screen.
While you marvel at the highly proficient skills of the performers, the story of China's evolution from its ancient past to the future is told. Hence, the title 'Intersection of Time', as the viewpoint of the audience is set in the present between the past and the future.
The performance provides a wonderful insight into China's ancient culture and civilization, with sections about Sinan, an ancient Chinese invention for telling directions, soothsaying and conjuring. There is a fantastic section showing an acrobatic program which has elements performed since the far off days of the Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD). With porcelain jars and vats as their stage properties the performers give an overview of Chinese porcelain culture and greater understand of the country's name of 'China'.
Modern achievements that are also showcased include Shanghai Donghai Cross-Sea Bridge, Maglev Train, and Shenzhou 5, China's first manned space mission. From these, you can see the amazing development and bright future of Shanghai and the whole country.
The 100-minute performance shows not only artistic skills, but also creativity. Aided by multimedia including vision, original live music, sound effects, smell effect, air conditioning and lighting, you will feel yourself transported to every scene.
Highlights: Mirror Mirage, Magic Water, Sinan (ancient compass), Bowl Balancing, Wheel of Life, Forever, Space Motorcycle
Official Website: http://www.era-shanghai.com/era/en/
Time: 19:30 everyday (There will be an additional performance in the afternoon of the public holidays, including the New Year’s Day, Spring Festival, May Day and National Day.)
Venue: Shanghai Circus World – Circular Theater
Ticket Price: CNY 120 - 600 (USD 21 - 104)
Ticket Booking Line: +86 21 6652 5468
Online Ticket Booking: http://www.eratickets.com/en/?product-2.html
Introduction: Happy Circus was first produced by Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe in 2003. Since then it has gained rising popularity among the local people as well as tourists. It is an excellent circus with animal acts, breathtaking acrobatics and humorous clowns.
Highlights: ribbon dance, big wheel, speedy motorcycle, performing sea lions, equestrian feats, cockfighting, and comedy magic
Time: 14:00 on weekends, public holidays and festivals
Venue: Shanghai Circus World – Middle Theater
Ticket Price: CNY 80 - 150