5. Kung Fu – “Be water, my friend”
If Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan didn’t make you think Kung Fu is awesome, then I’m not sure who can. We’ve seen in its movies, maybe watched a competition on TV, and likely practiced a few moves at home when no-one was looking. Despite residing in the birthplace of Kung Fu, however, China expats rarely actually consider taking it up. Here’s why you should.
Learning a martial art, in general, is extremely beneficial both physically and mentally. It helps you form a routine, there’s always more to learn and improve on, it’s a great way to stay physically fit and deal stress or anger, and it may just get you out of a scrape one day. Kung Fu is just one form of Chinese martial arts, so if that isn’t your thing, try one of dozens of other styles instead.
6. Ping Pong / Badminton – The social sports
Heard of ping pong diplomacy? Maybe it’s time you built some bridges yourself. Although not usually considered the most aggressive of sports, ping pong and badminton can get pretty fast and competitive when the players know what they’re doing. And the players know what they’re doing in China.
These two sports are well worth taking up in China because you can play them year-round, inside or outside, they offer an excellent opportunity to meet people, and they are universally practiced and loved. And while racket sports are all good for your health, both ping pong and badminton are considered ‘skill sports’, so there’s always room for improvement.
There are tons of things to do in China, but the six Chinese hobbies listed above are sure to improve your mental, physical, or social health when also giving you a window into Chinese culture. Have you picked up any weird and wonderful Chinese hobbies in China? Let us know in the comments below!