THURSDAY night had the new state of the art Government complex conference hall packed to capacity with high profile delegates included the Republican Vice-President Guy Scott and his wife Charlotte, to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
To celebrate Zambia's cooperating partners 2012, the China National Acrobatic Troupe was invited to Zambia to perform some of their award- winning theatre performances including magic, night dance, hat juggling, umbrella juggling, kicking bowls on high monocycle and many others
Young Zambian acrobats dubbed the African Dance Factory gave the audience a Zambian taste of acrobatics.
It was the Chinese troupe that was the main highlight of the night with over 10 performances churned out to the appreciative audience that was kept busy clapping for the no dull Chinese folks doing something very rare to see in Zambia - acrobatics.
From the beginning the audience seemed to have expected less as this type of entertainment is not synonymous with the Zambian showbiz but almost everyone who was around left the building appreciating what the Chinese talent offered.
The vice-president was one of the doubting Thomases spotted before the show began as he rightly put it immediately before the performances,
"I have nothing much to say because I don't know what to expect but let's wait and see what our Chinese friends have in stock for us, that is if they not sleeping," amid cheers from the audience.
When the Chinese took to the stage everyone was left amused by each move that followed the other and the crowd could not resist the throbbing actions from the over 50 acrobats by constantly engaging their hands into loud clapping.
In what seems impossible to do, the two ladies riding the monocycle donning the two cooperating countries flags were riding the cycles while kicking the bowls.
The magician was equally awesome with her acts as she performed some unseen magic on the Traditional Affairs Minister, Inonge Wina, by letting her hold one of the locked three rings before the minister got
surprised to find out that ring was detached from the rest as the magician was holding the other two.
Zambia has seen ball jugglers before but juggling nine balls at once was unprecedented. The Chinese ball juggler was extraordinary before the audience and Mrs Scott was seen clapping throughout the show.
Other acts were also appreciated and the more than two hours performances were simply exquisite and wholesome through out.
At the end of the event, Dr Scott said he was bewildered by the performances and thanked the Chinese ambassador for bringing one of the world's best acrobats to Zambia.
And the Chinese ambassador said the show, apart from celebrating the Chinese New Year, was organised to appreciate the friendship his country and Zambia had enjoyed for many years now.
He said it was also part of cultural exchange between the two countries.