3 -- color) The Shanghai Circus performers catch and pass one of their acrobats after a leap through the stacked hoops.
1 -- 2 -- color) In one of the Shanghai troupe's most popular stunts above, an acrobat dives through five interlocking hoops that are stacked more than 6 feet high.
The acrobats leave the mosque in their white robes, and assemble in the village square.
The clown is also taunted by the acrobats who, shedding their robes, fill the dusk with flying, twisting shapes.
The acrobats have one final profitable ploy -- the morning's donations, which are auctioned off.
And this is why we are coming back more to the basic(s) of the circus, because the Chinese are more acrobat
than they are actor or stage performer.
Fellow acrobat Wan Yabo, who's only 11, is nearly as limber.
Another acrobat, Wang He, specializes in low-wire balancing.