How Chinese People Stay in Shape
Last week on my day off I ventured to a Northern suburb of Shanghai called “Hong Kou”. Hong Kou is well known in Shanghai as the home of the cities football (soccer) stadium and is also famous for having one of the largest and best known public parks in the city, Lu Xun Park.
Public parks are an important part of Chinese society especially in large urban cities like Shanghai. With thousands of high-rise building and over 20 million people living here, it’s important to have some green space available for everyone to come and enjoy some natural scenery.
It’s no surprise that most of the park’s visitors are Shanghai’s retired elderly community. With Shanghai’s cold winter months behind us, the retired Shanghainese are now taking to the parks to engage in many different activities ranging from fishing, picnicking, badminton, playing cards, and socializing with friends.
By far the most fascinating part of my visit to Lu Xun was observing the locals complete their exercise routines amongst the park’s various exercise stations. Several years ago the Shanghai government installed exercise stations in many public places around the city to provide locals with a way maintain their health. I’ve uploaded some videos from the park on YouTube and invite you to watch them.
These videos are fascinating and give a great insight into life in Shanghai for many retired people in the city. Very inspiring, I hope to be in such good health as some of these people when I reach this age in the future. Its an amazing part of the local culture here in Shanghai, something every country around the world should adopt into their society.
Posted on May 28, 2012, in China and tagged China, China Elderly People, Chinese Fitness, Chinese Health, Chinese Workout, Life in Shanghai, Lu Xun Park, Shanghai Workout, Shanghainese Workout. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.