Exercise, Beijing style

In the large parkland around the Temple of Heaven in central Beijing, hundreds (thousands?) of people get their daily exercise early in the day to avoid the oppressive heat and frequent smog that comes later.  Canadian fitness promoters could learn a thing or two from this.

Map of the Temple of Heaven. The green spaces were well used by ordinary people keeping fit.

Map of the Temple of Heaven. The green spaces were well used by ordinary people keeping fit.

People played Jianzi (like HackySack but with a largish shuttlecock/birdie) not only here but in the parking lot below our hotel, and wherever there was a spare 100 square foot space.

Jianzi (look it up in Wikipedia!)  The birdie is just above the foot of the fellow in the centre

Jianzi (look it up in Wikipedia!) The birdie is just above the foot of the fellow in the centre

People danced to music from a portable sound system.

Jive, waltz, whatever...

Jive, waltz, whatever…

Line dancing was the most popular, and most of the dancers were women.

Everyone seemed to know all the moves; obviously they were regulars.

Everyone seemed to know all the moves; obviously they were regulars.

And then we found the men…and a few women.

Gymnastics, aerobics, and a huge variety of equipment.

Gymnastics, aerobics, and a huge variety of equipment.

Next three posts: The Temple of Heaven.

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3 comments on “Exercise, Beijing style

  1. Denise Belyea says:

    Excellent pictures and comments.

  2. Norma Segreto says:

    Great photos of active Chinese people

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