Public parks in China are hubs of activity.  No matter what the time of the day, and especially in the morning, you’re bound to find a wide variety of activities taking place.

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I’m yet to see any traditional Western board games in China, but I have seen a lot of people playing cards, a Chinese version of chess, and a game called “mahjong” which involves matching consecutive domino like tiles.  In addition to playing they also like watching other people play, as shown in this picture.

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People wait their entire lives to have the privilege and honor of being among the older and wiser of the Chinese population, and they’re determined to not let failing health to get in the way of enjoying themselves, so they take up a variety of activities to stay active and healthy, tai chi being the most popular.

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The Chinese written language, known in China as “hanzi,” might be confusing, might lack a systematic way of understanding pronunciation, and just might be the hardest written language in the world to learn, but one thing it has over the Latin alphabet is its beauty.  Historically, Chinese poets are known both for their command of the language as well as their command of the paint brush, and to this day calligraphy is one of the most important art forms to emerge from Eastern culture.

I had one of these yo-yo type toys when I was a kid and used my skills to impress my friends. I had no where near the ability that these guys do though.

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