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Aerodium opens an amphitheatre at the famous Shaolin Monastery

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn cooperation with Chinese investors, Latvian Aerodium opens the world’s first flying amphitheatre. The Flying Dream wind tunnel is located in a unique place – in the middle of the Song Mountain not far from the Shaolin Monastery in China.

The amphitheatre will provide flying shows and kung-fu shows to visitors and also allow them to experience the feeling of flight. «Because the wind tunnel is located not far from the Shaolin Monastery, whose monks have been studying levitation for centuries, the show’s main idea is to demonstrate the development of flight from its roots in Zen-Buddhism to this moment. More than 200 kung-fu masters, dancers, singers and flying acrobats are involved in the show,» – said the projects manager Liga Gablika.

«We first began work on this project in 2010 – immediately after World EXPO. During the exposition we became certain that the Chinese are excited and thrilled with flying! Together with the local project developer, we have decided to create a new wind tunnel concept that would make it possible for more people to experience the marvel of flight simultaneously. The amphitheatre concept offers a new application for the wind tunnel. We want to adapt it to other projects,» – commends Aerodium Chairman Ivars Beitans.

«Taking inspiration from local nature and culture, we came up with a previously unused construction solution to allow levitation performances. It has the shape of an open-air stage with spectator seats and a wind tunnel in the centre. Part of the concept is based on levitation. Shaolin monks have spent centuries studying this possibility. Now they will be able to levitate. The idea itself is based largely on growth – not just spiritual, but also physical ability to make the next step to uncover the secret behind levitation,» – says the project’s architect Austris Mailitis.

Flying Dream is located in Dengfeng, China’s ancient capital. It is also worth mentioning that the more than 1,500-year-old Shaolin Monastery is located there as well. In China, this place is considered the centre that links the sky and earth. Every year, this city is visited by several million people.

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