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Overview of Shanghai Circus World

Occupying 22,500 square meters, Shanghai Circus World (上海马戏城) is a great place of pleasure near the center of Shanghai City. After its open to the public, it was referred as the No. 1 Circus World in China for its complete facilities, advanced device and full-equipped functions. It can not only satisfy the needs of international and national acrobatic competitions and performances, but also act as a venue of music and dance.

In addition to the excellent hardware, Shanghai Circus World also enjoys the most preeminent team, Shanghai Circus, which owns the professional performers and well-arranged programs. With a history of over 60 years, Shanghai Circus succeeds to stand out among the world because of their splendid shows. Ventriloquism Show got the Golden Prize at the Warsaw International Acrobatics Competition, Kicking Bows Show got the Monaco City Award at the Monte Carlo Acrobatics Competition, Balancing on the Single Hand Show got the French Republic President Award at the France Marcy International Circus Festival, Men’s Art got the Golden Clown Award at Monte Carlo International Circus and Acrobatic Festival etc.

Distinctive Design

Since it was built in 1999, Shanghai Circus World never fails to catch the eyes of the public, even in such a city of numerous skyscrapers. Its unique domelike roof made it anther new landmark of Shanghai. In the day time, this building looks like a golden hat with a glossy double-brim seen from a distance. When the night falls and the lights are on, the hat turns to be a striking illuminant.

Shanghai Circus World makes full use of its large space and offers the spectators best site to enjoy the performance. It has the Acrobatic Field as its main body, Rehearsal Auxiliary Building, Animal House and Cultural and Commercial city as side installations. The Acrobatic Field enjoys as many as 1638 seats and the spectators can have various choices of seats depending on different views and prices. The design of this area is ingenious to make a breakthrough of traditional circus world. It is equipped with lifting stages, rotating stages, proscenium stages, suspenders, and bridleways. Advanced lighting installations and multi-channel sound well meet the needs of the spectators to enjoy more fascinating shows. Except that, there are services like culture exhibition, Culture Emporium, entertainment and catering.

Shining Building of Shanghai Circus World at Night

Wonderful Programs

There are two routine performances in Shanghai Circus World at present and each of them will leave you an unforgettable memory.

ERA – Intersection of Time

As a multimillion-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Evolving through a constant collision between the past and future, ERA- Intersection of Time has been a visiting card of Shanghai and long admired by tourists from different places. This program focuses on the breathtaking acrobatic shows and enjoys eight viewpoints totally.

The Mirror Mirage - As the spectators entered the theater, they see a huge round glass ball with diameter of 6 meters which reflects all direction of the hall. When the whole hall turns to dark, there comes the classical music and magic vision, bringing the spectators to the dreamscape.

Magic Water - The magician splashes a bowl of water into the air at the beginning. Suddenly, the rain drops and forms an 8-meter-high and 18-meter-wide water curtain. From the flowing curtain, you can enjoy colorful set screen and movement locus of the live performers.

Floating Gondola - The water curtain drops into the stage and becomes a fresh lake. An illuminant occurs in the lake and turns bigger and bigger. Soon it becomes a tiny gondola which represents the Chinese civilization.

Music of ERA - According to the features of the performance, great Canadian Composer Michel Cusson creates such an intoxicating music by integrating the elements of Chinese traditional music and modern music. Apart from the beauty of sound, there is also a visual feast.

Jar Juggling - Jar Juggling is an ancient acrobatic program. By a series of graceful action of throwing, pounding, kicking, rolling and rotating, the actors show their skilled performance.

Wheel of Life - The rotating windmills turns to be a great wheel of life hanging on the sky. It is made up of three small wheels. The actors will have a soul-stirring performance on the inward and outward of the wheel, which means the endless cycle of lives.

Forever Love - One actor and one actress whirl in the sky with difficult actions only on one purple ribbon. Acting as inseparable lovers, they dance with each other affectionately.

Space Motorcycles - The moving pictures of “Shenzhou 5 (神舟五号)” flying into the sky, Donghai Bridge across the sea(东海跨海大桥), the speeding maglev trains, etc. occur on the background screen. Suddenly, a huge crash breaks up the stillness. The motorcycles whizz round in the steel caged ball around 20 feet diameter. There are three going around in different directions. The daring motorcyclists barely miss each other in perfectly timed vertical loops inside a circular cage. It is the culmination of the whole show.

Performance Time: You can watch the ERA-Intersection of Time every day. It always starts at 17:30 and also lasts for half and one hour (10 minutes for intermission). There will be an extra show at 14:00 sometimes since ERA-Intersection of Time is quit hot.

Happy Circus

Happy Circus is performed in the Central Theatre of Shanghai Circus World. Themed on "Happy Animals, Happy Spectators" and including Sea Paradise, Forest Fun, Prairie Posture and City Homeland, Happy Circus combines animal stars, clowns and aerial acrobatics together, making the whole performance interesting and exciting. It is a perfect choice for families and the kids will fully enjoy themselves by watching these amusing shows.

These cute animals like hilarious monkeys, tactful lions, gentle tigers, lovely dogs, fine horses and others take their turns to present on the stage. The cumbersome bear is able to keep balance on a board which is supported by a ball, and it can even catch the rings thrown from the actor. The dogs know how to line up and understand the actors' order. These animals might be able to ride a bicycle, jump from one box to another, play magic tricks, and even solve arithmetic problems... Perhaps, they do nothing strange, but their comical movements always make people burst his sides with laughter.

The goofy but lovable jocular clown is one view-point of the whole show. The Shanghai Circus invited famous Russian clown actor to participate the work, brought about the style of fashionable western style and applying the elements of dumb show, making the performance more humorous. Besides, Happy Circus takes advantage of multi-media and creates the dreamscape of harmonious life of human beings, animals and nature. Just amazing!

Relaxed and joyful you must feel, but you won't always be. Perhaps the wonderful aerial acrobatics and wild horsemanship will make you thrilled. As two performers are flying from the sky by holding one or two ribbons, spectators maybe break into a sweat with fright. However, when they dance in the air easily and gracefully, they can't help clapping. The horsemanship is tremendous as well. A man on a horse speeds up in the stage, with the second man standing on his shoulder and another man on the second man’s shoulder. No matter how fast the horse runs, the actors won't drop down, as if they are as light as feathers.

Performance Time: Happy Circus is ONLY is performed on weekends and starts at 14:00. The whole show covers half and one hour (10 minutes for intermission).

Shanghai Circus World Mirror Mirage
Shanghai Circus World  Magic Water
Shanghai Circus World  Wheel of Life
Shanghai Circus World  Space Motorcycle
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Shanghai Circus World  Clown
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Location & Transportation

Shanghai Circus World is located in the Gonghexin Road (共和新路) of Jingan District (静安区). You could easily get there from some hot attractions in Shanghai.

  • 6km away from Jade Buddha Temple, 18 minutes’ driving;
  • 7km away from Shanghai Museum, 25 minutes’ driving;
  • 9km away from the Bund, 23 minutes’ driving;
  • 9.5km away from the Yu Garden & Bazaar, 28 minutes’ driving.
  • By Metro: Metro Line 1 can take you to the Shanghai Circus World directly, and it runs passing by Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station, People's Square etc. You could also transfer to Metro Line 1 easily from Line 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 (almost covering different corners in Shanghai)

    By Public Bus: Within 500 meters, there are 5 bus stops where about 10 buses will have a stop. Therefore, it is also convenient to get to Shanghai Circus World by bus.

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Tickets Information

The ticket fee varies on the different seats. Choosing a VIP seat, you will have a better view and can interact with the performers.

ERA – Intersection of Time

There are five types of tickets for ERA – Intersection of Time. Odd numbers are on the left side of the stage while even numbers are on the right side of the stage.

700 RMB for VIP seats;

450 RMB for seats in Zone A;

350 RMB for seats in Zone B;

250 RMB for seats in Zone C;

150 RMB for seats in Zone D.

Happy Circus

There are two types of tickets for the Happy Circus.

160 RMB for Zone A and Zone D;

130 RMB for Zone B and Zone E.

The above fee information in for your reference only. For the updated and detail information, please contact our Travel Consultant!

Shanghai Circus Worldp Tickets Fee for ERA
Shanghai Circus Worldp Tickets Fee for Happy Circus

Warm Tips

  • The tickets for the shows are really hot and difficult to get. If you are interested in the Shanghai Acrobatics and want to enjoy one of the great shows, please inform us in advance so that we can book the tickets for you.
  • No free or discounted tickets for kids and the aged. Taking photography of the performance is forbidden.

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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Order Tickits for 3 people
Good Day, Order 3 Tickets for Circis Word ERA, performance on 20.11.2018 in B for 250 per person. How do |I order it from the Czech republic?? Thank You Jarmila Zdražilová, Czech republic
2018-09-24 00:40
Dear Jarmila Zdražilová,

Thanks for your question.

Shanghai Circus World is under renovation now and the ERA - Intersection of Time as well as Happy Circus are suspended. The maintenance is expected to be finished in October, 2018 and then the shows will be presented again. You can visit the English official website ( to for the updated information and tickets can be booked from this website.

Wish you a nice trip!
Booking circus world tickets
Hi, I am coming to Shanghai next week and was looking at the circus performance on monday the 27th november, I'm not sure how to book tickets in time?
2017-11-17 21:03
Dear Ray,

Thanks for your question. If you want to watch ERA – Intersection of Time, it is available to visit the English official website ( to book the ticket. You can get the ticket in the box-office or by express delivery (pay online).

If you prefer Happy Circus, you can call 86-400-036-9601 or 86-021-66520693 for ticket reservation. Remember to collect your ticket at least 30 minutes before the performance, or it will be cancelled automatically. The tickets might be rather limited, so you are suggested to book soon.

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