Chinese circus to thrill Vietnam

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Feted Chinese circus troupe Kunming will tour Vietnam for the first time, performing around the country beginning late this month.

Its 23 shows, starting on May 26, will feature some amazing acrobatics, juggling, and trapeze performances, traditional lion dances and others.

Vietnamese troupes will perform together with the visitors, putting on clowns and acts by bears and monkeys.

A member of the Vietnam Circus Federation said the joint performances are meant to enable the troupes to learn from each other.

"Chinese circuses are highly appreciated for their acrobatics but Vietnamese animal performances are better," he was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying.

He said the Chinese troupe has been paid a large amount of money and offered five-star treatment but did not reveal the exact figure.

Many members of the 56-year-old troupe from Yunnan Province have won prizes at many national and international contests, and performed at important political and cultural events like the ASEAN-China Summit and international circus festivals.

Pham Van Xuyen, deputy director of the Vietnam Circus Federation, told news website

Dan Tri that the performances would be a Children's Day gift and the artists would first perform for children in poor and remote areas where tickets would be an affordable VND100,000-250,000 (US$5-12).

The first nine shows will be in Ho Chi Minh City, including two on International Children's Day, June 1.

The troupe will then perform in Hanoi, and the provinces of Quang Ninh and Nam Dinh in the north, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh in the central region, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong in the south.

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