What do Chinese people do in their leisure time?


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In their leisure time, Chinese people like to shop, sing karaoke and play ping-pong or badminton. They also enjoy Mazhang, also spelled Mahjong, a Chinese game played with tiles, and taking walks in parks.

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There is a Chinese term used to describe the streets crowded with shoppers, especially during the holidays, "ren shan ren hai." This translates to "people mountain people sea." Women in particular take pleasure in this pastime, and consider a day of trying on multiple outfits and haggling over prices without purchasing anything a productive day.

Karaoke is a common social activity in China. Alcohol is often involved, and skill in singing is not a prerequisite.

Ping-pong and badminton are two of the top sports in China. Numerous parks have free table tennis set-ups. While ping-pong is played casually, badminton is taken more seriously. Parks also host free badminton courts, but the experienced player tends to avoid these due to the wind. Chinese companies sometimes rent out badminton courts for their employees to play after work.

Mazhang is a favorite cultural activity for many Chinese people, specifically the elderly. It is played by four people sitting around a square table. Tiles are used in place of traditional playing cards, and the goal is to be the first player to get a complete hand by making four sets of three and a pair.

Mazhang is played casually and also competitively, by placing bets on each hand. In China, it is common to see tables erected in shady village squares or in parks. Business-minded families set up Mazhang tables in their homes to rent out to players.

Many Chinese people enjoy spending their free time outdoors. Parks are filled with people from dawn until dusk engaging in Chinese chess, Mazhang, kite flying, tai chi and public dancing.

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