China's spectacular Kwangchow acrobatic troupe arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday (21 October) for a friendly performance tour of Thailand.
SV & MV Thai King and Queen seated in royal box (2 shots)
SV King and Queen receiving present from Chinese acrobats
GV ZOOM INTO SV Woman acrobat on tight rope as audience watches. (2 shots)
GV Woman being swung round on top of pole and slides down pole to audience applauding (2 shots)
SV Acrobat performing through rings and joined by second acrobat as audience watches
GV Acrobats balancing on chairs
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Background: China's spectacular Kwangchow acrobatic troupe arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday (21 October) for a friendly performance tour of Thailand. The troupe had just completed a successful visit to Singapore.
The troupe was led by Li Wei-Ying and Kuo Tung-Chun and was greeted at the airport by Thai Government officials and Chinese officials led by Lu Tzu-Po, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy to Thailand.
The following day (22 October) the troupe gave a skilful and exciting performance in Bangkok's Huamark Stadium. Thailand's King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit led the enthusiastic applause given to the magnificent performance by the well-disciplined and graceful acrobats.
SYNOPSIS: Thailand's King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit led an appreciative audience who watched an exciting performance by China's Kwangchow acrobatic troupe at the Huamark Stadium in bangkok on Wednesday. The Troupe, led by Li Wei-Ying and Kuo Tung-Chun, arrived in Thailand the day before for a friendly exhibition tour of the country. Before the show started the royal couple received gifts from the visitors.
The troupe comprised both men and women all highly skilled in the superb balance and timing that's needed to become a world class acrobat. A feat that takes only seconds to perform can take years of practice and determination to achieve perfection.
For centuries he Chinese have been noted for their incredible acrobatic feats, and this week's visit to Thailand showed that the modern day exponents of the ancient sport are a credit to their nimble ancestors.
Before arriving in Thailand for this week's tour the troupe has been in Singapore where they received an equally warm reception.
Although many accessories such as poles and hoops are used to enhance the acrobats' performance, it still depends largely on the sheer skill of the performer and his ability to work in perfect harmony and his ability to work in perfect harmony and co-ordination with his team-mates.
As a finale to this week's performance the Kwangchow troupe held its Thai audience spellbound with a chair balancing act executed with exquisite precision.
Visits from cultural and sporting groups such as the Kwangchow troupe are being increasingly encouraged by China and her neighbouring countries -- not only to provide first class entertainment for the host countries, but to help cement friendly relations and foster understanding.