Beijing 2015: Chaoyang Theater & Wangfujing Road

12 Dec


We left Beijing Zoo in a hurry to make it to Chaoyang Theater for their evening Flying Acrobatic Show…

Chaoyang Theater’s in-house performers are the Sichuan Suining China Acrobatic Troupe. Since its inception 20 years ago, they have performed all across the globe. 20150825_184200

We must have watched on a slow night since only three rows of the theater were occupied.  These daily performances strictly prohibit photo or video taking. So..we took a photo of ourselves. Haha.1440547480946

Although I was entertained, it really paled in comparison to City of Dreams Macau’s House of Dancing Water. Nevertheless, it was nice to be able to tick off “watch an authentic Chinese acrobatic show” on my Beijing list.20150825_183720

After our evening entertainment, we headed to Wangfujing Snack Street, popular for serving up some exotic food such as starfishes, snakes, seahorses..20150825_212241

…and our choice for that night: scorpions. Eating one was not as horrific as I thought it would be.20150825_211658

They were so salty and crunchy that they’ve become devoid of their actual being. Grabbing a fresh coconut was a pretty sweet decision. Literally and figuratively.


After crossing off scorpions, we went to explore the stalls to see what the “snack street” had to offer. And boy, did they have a lot.  I was surprised to find kebabs which were apparently influenced by the Chinese Muslims.20150825_211913

I also had no idea about turkey legs being common in Beijing.20150825_213951

There were some carby goodness in the form of the familiar potato twists and grilled corn cobs. 20150825_211938

Classic items such as hotpot with lobster and mushroom balls 20150825_212027

and  Chinese dumplings were present too.20150825_212304

But after that, everything else was pretty exotic (imo) that I don’t even know how to call them. Best I can do is to describe them like these slimy fresh sea food.20150825_211949

Will you be interested in some crab with flour, egg and other dubious stuff mixed in?20150825_213843

How about some very oily looking seafood cakes? Or colorful jelly-ace for dessert?20150825_213851

If  you weren’t satisfied with the slimy seafood, here are more creatures. Take your pick: on a pie or on a stick.20150825_214059

Even the pineapple rice was pretty funky. They were sticky and brown. 20150825_213921

 Definitely no regrets on not eating anything after the scorpion. I was able to witness how they “kept” the unsold items for the next day. They poured them in plastic trash bags and tied them up. That’s it. No wonder some look really greasy and tough….20150825_214308

Besides being a food destination, Wangfujing is also visited for the shopping. Just right before closing time, I bought myself a cap. It was coincidentally strategic as haggling was very easy. My guess is that they just wanted to close as much sales as they could before the end of the day.20150825_212118

By about 10 pm, the streets were pretty deserted already. This forced us to cut-off our shopping. 20150825_212824

With very dead legs and feet, we headed out to Wangfujing Road for an authentic Beijing foot massage before we called it a day.

PS. You can find Chaoyang Theater at…

The Beijing 2015 Adventure

Come join me as I track back on the cultural and gastronomical adventure we had in the following blog posts…

2 Responses to “Beijing 2015: Chaoyang Theater & Wangfujing Road”

  1. May December 12, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    I would love to see the House of Dancing Water in Macau! But so far, the flying acrobatic show is probably the best performance I’ve seen in China.

    Btw. The website you linked to looks a bit dodgy to me 🙂
    I think their website is this one:
    They also have a cool trailer!

    Thanks for the interesting posts Androrono!!

    • androrono December 13, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      When do have the opportunity, do watch House of Dancing water! It’s the best!

      Thanks so much for linking me to the correct website. Edited the link on my post too. 🙂 See you around!!!

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