Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What do people in China do with a day off?

Source: BBC

Many older people do what they've done for years - head to the park (at dawn) to exercise or sing. I once joined a group of people in a Beijing park on a freezing morning as they happily belted their way through a bunch of folk songs.

Others play badminton and ping-pong in local gyms, where normal barriers tend to come down (I once interviewed a senior Chinese official at his ping-pong club - I'm sure he would never have agreed to speak to me had I applied for an interview through his office).

And, then there's clubbing and dancing. Despite the controversy over the latest Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy, I can assure you that - from personal research - Chinese men and women are more than happy to dance to old Guns N' Roses records when the DJ plays them.

Very interesting. I've never even stepped foot in China so I don't really know how their lifestyle is. Myself, on my days off i mostly just SLEEP. If I happen to be awake I might go shopping or just sit around the house and catch up on whatever mind-numbingly long Asian soap opera I happen to be watching.

What do you do on your day off? I’d love to hear your own list of activities in the comments below.


J said...

my father-in-law tells me that people in China retire at 50 or 55 (depending on their job). There are all of these old people with nothing to do but hang out at the parks, which are essentially wide open spaces to accommodate a wide variety of activities: dancing, tai chi, etc.

Okhropir Rumiani said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I know it's cheesy, but it's nice to have it when you're just starting one.

On my day off I do housework. How boring!