Leisure activities are an important part of the cultural life in China. Below are the poplar leisure activities, games, and hobbies for Chinese people.
MahJong – Most Popular
MaZhang also spelled MahJong, played with tiles, is a popular cultural activity for Chinese people, especially for the adults and the elderly. MahJong has 136 tiles, and they are decorated with bamboo, circles, and characters. Some people play it with great enthusiasm, and some enjoy it as a social activity where they can get together in their free time. It is common to see tables set up under trees or in parks. People also set up MahJong parlors where tables can be rented. MahJong is a great gift for your Chinese friends, family or even yourself.
Popular Leisure Activities
Most Chinese people are interested in leisure activities, and the most popular ones within Chinese culture are: PingPong, badminton, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Chinese domino games, WeiQi, and XiangQi (Chinese chess). Chinese people are very social by nature because they enjoy spending time with groups and doing activities with others instead of on their own.
Many children in China are very keen about their hobbies and games. They meet after school and play all sorts of games. Some of the games include playing PingPong, marbles, jump rope, draw pictures on the cement with chalk, keeping small pets (such as turtle and gold fish). They even gather in the streets, parks, or friends’ home to discuss their pastimes or trade their treasures.
Chinese culture has a strong emphasis on family and family relationship. There are many things that parents want to do with their kids to maintain and build stronger relationship. Some of these things include: growing food, cleaning and improving their house, mending things, and doing arts and crafts. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts are becoming more and more popular, and parents enjoy creating and making art projects with their kids. ChineseCultureShop offers a variety of DIY arts and crafts you can do with your family members. Click here to check out our DIY Arts and Crafts and Themed Cards
Bird as a Pet
The Chinese elderly men keep birds as pets. They like to keep them in cages and care for them by walking with them every morning. They also train their songbirds, bring them to the park, and hang their cages in the trees where they can sing with other birds. It is delightful to hear all the birds singing together.