From Wuhan, Shanghai and other cities in China. The art performers from the Wuhan acrobatic group pictured her are part of the -creme de la creme- of Chinese acrobatic performance.
But they are not alone, acrobatic art has a long tradition in China and come in a wide variety, read on.
and undulate like strings of beads; they're as flexible as a Slinky and as strong as an iron bar.
They are Chinese acrobats, and lest you think this is an exaggeration, consider the 14-year-old girl who can bend backward, put her head between her ankles and rest her chin and chest on the floor without moving her feet.
Or the young woman who does a handstand on her partners shoulders and curves her body into a C-shape while she balances a bowl on each foot and her head and then is tossed to
the shoulders of another partner without losing a bowl.
The Chinese aren't alone in being capable of amazing feats of contortion and agility, but they alone have raised acrobatics to an art form and cultural icon.
When you come to China -- and you probably will -- somewhere among the ancient temples and seam-bursting meals, every visitor should make time to see an acrobatics performance.