Early in the mornings, the area around the Temple of Heaven is packed with people. It’s not only filled with tourists like me who want to see this sacred space where Chinese emperors used to pray. Even more common is people meeting up to practice together. They get together and do all sorts of things: dancing, tai chi, acrobatics, Chinese chess, writing Chinese calligraphy in water on the stone tiles, playing music, and more.
This morning as we walked around the park surrounding the temple, we were amazed by the focus, fun, and sheer diversity of interests represented. Here’s a little video showing some of the activities. See if you can tell which are our students. It’s amazing how many different types of recreation exist all over the world!
Speaking of recreational activities, we invented a new game at dinner tonight. Shall we call it, “Pass the Peanut?”