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A friend told me he visited Shanghai Circus (official site) with his kids and enjoyed it a lot. So I bought tickets and last week visited the circus.
Before I start showing the photos, a tip about the tickets. At the official site, you can find tickets for 82 NIS. Several credit card companies offer 1 + 1, i.e. two tickets for 82 NIS. And if you don’t have one of these credit cards then check out Shanghai Circus’ Facebook page. Occasionally they post coupon codes on the page. For example, I saw 59 NIS per ticket offer.
Let’s start with the visit. We arrived at Holon about 10 min before the start of the show and we had enough time to pass the security and visit the (chemical) restrooms before the show started. But if you want to buy food before the show, then it’s better to come earlier.
Shanghai Circus show is held in a big tent. There are about 10 rows of chairs (each row is higher than the previous one), thus I can’t tell that some seating places have a much better view than others. You see approximately the same from different seats and thus the price doesn’t depend on the seats you select.
The show consists of two parts, about 45 minutes each and a 15-minute break in between.
In the photo above, seven women rode one bicycle. But, that’s only the beginning.
Overall, Shanghai Circus was quite nice. Some numbers were average and others were very good. You shouldn’t expect them to compete with Cirque du Soleil (though I didn’t like that at Cirque du Soleil they didn’t allow to take photos/videos even with a smartphone). They are at different leagues both price wise and at performance level. You get what you pay for. But for a moderate price Shanghai Circus offers two hours of enjoyable entertainment.
In 2017, the Moscow Circus was in Israel and we decided to go on for a visit.
Moscow Circus was in many ways similar to the Shanghai Circus. Same size tents with familiar sitting. The show also consisted of two parts of about 1.5-2 hours with a 15 minute in between. The difference was in the acts themselves.
One point I haven’t mentioned before is animals. In Israel, animal shows are forbidden by law. Thus, you won’t see animals in circuses.
If we already jumping ridiculously high, then why not add some fire? Sure, it’s a good idea.
Moscow Circus was at about the same level as the Shanghai Circus. They both were very nice and not too pricey. Kids love these shows, so why not? Next time a circus is in town, pay them a visit.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
You can find related posts under festivals category.
Here are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.