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With drumbeats and funfare music, the night came alive at No. 2801 Gong He Xin Road in Shanghai. As soon as the lights dimmed inside the mega tent signaling the start of the show, locals and tourists fell silent, awaiting the performance about to unfold before their eyes.

The first act featured a huge mirror cylinder with a height of six meters and a dimension of 11 meters. Acrobats were seen dancing inside, clad in traditional Chinese costumes. As they disappeared from view, six female acrobats entered the stage, balancing on top of one another while riding a single bicycle.

A floating gondola then appeared, moving as if it was passing through waters. There was a man balancing a huge ancient vase on his head, followed by men doing tricks while standing on a larger-than-life windmill.

JAR Juggling.

The audience also witnessed the ethereal love story of a man and woman suspended in the air using silk ribbons and, the most unbelievable of all, seven motorcycles running inside a globe!

Most of these performances showed China’s evolution from its past to the future, hence the show’s title, “Intersection of Time.”

Some of the sections of the show also featured Sinan, an ancient Chinese invention for telling directions. A special act showed acrobatic elements that have been performed since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Chinese porcelain culture was also featured, as well as the country’s first manned space mission, Maglev Train and the Cross-Sea Bridge.

SPINNING plates.

“ERA Intersection of Time” first premiered in September 2005 at its own center in Shanghai. But due to an unfortunate event, the show had to be relocated to a temporary venue. Still, locals and tourists have booked tickets at http://www.shcircusworld.com/era-tickets.html to see the shows every day at 7 p.m.

FOREVER, the most romantic act of ERA.

Filipinos who may want to explore Shanghai and see the show may book a flight on Cebu Pacific which now offers daily flights between Manila and Shanghai with lowest year-round base fares starting at P5,888.

SIX female acrobats balancing on a bicycle.

The route was launched last 16 April 2019 with flights six times a week (Mondays to Saturdays). Cebu Pacific will also now be flying to Shenzhen, China beginning 1 July. It will be the airline’s fifth destination in China.

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