Safe & Fun Travel With Kids: China Edition

Beijing Drum Show

From all the benefit I have received while having my whimsical kids clothes shop, I have much more freedom. One reason why I started blogging, and the other reason why I started traveling. So why not combine the two I thought! There must be loads of examples, how I have overcome many obstacles while traveling with kids. My latest big project, was to travel to China. Since the country has huge significance on the way we live, I wanted my children to know where there toys, clothes and just about anything that’s mass produced comes from. Perhaps in that way they could have a much more positive and realistic approach to the future. Unlike most kids, who have no idea about China.

Meeting Chinese kids in America was just not enough, and going to the Chinese mainland proved out to be totally different. There you can see the real Chinese who are open, talkative, positive and smart people most of the times. Especially the attitude to kids from different countries is absolutely heartwarming. Also there are so many things how children can enjoy themselves there and mix with the local youth as well! I am even considering if to put them to Chinese school, because now at an early time in their lives they have a good opportunity to easily learn another language. In a natural way of course.

I wanted to show something to my children that was both traditional and, entertaining. And then it hit me. Friend of mine told me about this traditional Jiangzhou Drum Show in Beijing and I was fascinated! No sooner I was at the doorsteps of the prestigious Chaoyang Theatre, which hosts this Beijing spectacle. My kids where absolutely thrilled, even before we got there. It’s a huge theatre that is quite old and has a charming atmosphere to it. It is most known for acrobatic shows, but I wanted to give my kids a more cultural experience and that’s why we headed for the drum show. Known as Millennials Melody of Drum Show, or Millennium Drum show I think.

Turned out that the show was very intense and highly skilful. Because it was music, my children had no problems following the actioned packed spectacle. They were drumming in the streets, in the restaurant in their heads all night after that. I think and hope that it served as a motivation for them about some of the talents that Chinese traditions have created. Luckily they were tired enough after the experience that we managed to get a good nights sleep without too much drumming that would disturb the next room neighbours in our hotel. If you want to catch a sneak peak for yourself check the awesome Beijing drum show trailer for some of the amazing action that was presented on that night.

All in all, we had so many adventures in Beijing. We forgot about clothes for a while, until we found the silk market. But that’s another story, for another.

Stay safe, travel with a smile and happy show life with kids!

Mary Thlunaut

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