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Frühsport

Chinese Mass Sports The pictures I usually saw on my way to work in Beijing were those of heavy traffic, people on their way to their place of work by car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle or foot. Sometimes, however, I wanted to see the city wake up, I wanted to see how its inhabitants get ready for the new day. If you go out at the break of dawn, you will meet many Chinese who practice their early morning exercise open-air. Of course open-air – just imagine the number of gyms and fitness centers required for all those active Chinese? And more often than not they practice in groups: Qi Gong, traditional shadow boxing in various forms, ballroom dance, Chinese dance, gymnastics and aerobics. They practice in parks, on public squares and e.g. on the side of stadium entrances – on one side of the entrance disco dance music is booming out of a boom box for the aerobic students who know exactly which sequence of steps belongs to which tune, on the opposite side there is another recorder that emits waltz or tango music. And those who did not make it in the morning or have not had enough exercise can join another group with similar goings in the evening after work.

Frühlingsfest

Chinese New Year Spring Festival is the literal translation of the now-a-days common Chinese term (春节 chunjie). Its second name – Chinese New Year – much better describes the meaning of this festival: to say farewell to the old and welcome the New Year. It is the most important festival according to the Chinese moon calendar and the one with the longest period off work. All those that are forced to work and live far away from their families and homes in a different part of China often have but this one possibility per year to be with their relatives. In the weeks prior to the festivity, everyone is frantically busy with cleaning and decorating their homes, shopping for food and gifts and preparing delicious dinners. And in the days prior to the spring festival, a small migration takes place. Everyone tries to get back home and many expatriates use the opportunity for a vacation. Similar to our Christmas festival the spring festival is a time for the family with a lot of food and drink, with talks and games and visits of relatives. Those that are not able to get away, be they Chinese or foreigners (in one year the only available tickets to popular destinations in SE Asia were first class tickets), gather in apartments or restaurants or stroll through the New Year Markets and enjoy what the food stalls offer them.

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Security This photo of the modernized lobby of our former office building in Beijing was supposed to be a memory. The moment I took out my camera the uniformed security personal started moving in my direction shouting in Chinese: “No pictures!“ He did not want to hear any explanation from my side. Quite obviously he had clear instructions: no photos inside the building, and I was not in the mood of arguing with him. Security guards are on the flourish in China. Not only do they keep watch at public buildings and the entrances to the diplomatic compounds in Beijing, they can be seen in the lobby or at the entrance of large upper class office and apartment buildings, of shopping malls and hotels and banks. And the numerous villa compounds that were built in the last fifteen years in the suburbs are guarded by high walls and in general by a private security service as well.

言传身教

A journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.

Confusius

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