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Recration in China
Recreation in China: Table tennis, basketball and soccer are the most popular sports in China. In warm weather, Chinese like to relax outdoors by playing games, flying kites, reading or practicing musical instruments. Mahjong, a game of skill played with small tiles, is making a comeback. Tiaoqi (Chinese checkers) uses marbles on a star-shaped board and is popular with children, whereas xian gi (Chinese chess) is widely played by adults. Many seniors keep birds as a hobby, and traveling has become common for retired urban dwellers with good pensions. Chinese operas are also much loved by the older generation. Young people in cities frequent discos with live bands playing Western music.