#alienadventures(china): park life – chillin’ with the elders

One of the most endearing things about Chinese culture is the strong sense of community, and noticeably in old-age, when you need it most. Every morning and every evening, wherever there is a community square, there’ll be dancing. Not a organised, let’s-get-a-party-started, type dancing, but more a daily exercise routine that’s pleasantly social. Once the morning exercise is over (they do start alarmingly early), the elders quite literally park-off: chat and play cards…or knit. The Asian Quentin Crisp-type fellow, knitting with the gals in the morning sunshine, will forever be cherished in my memories.


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