Cul­ture: Meet the farmer who cre­ates cloth tigers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Lei Zhichao, a 54-year-old farmer from Huaiyang county of He­nan prov­ince, is an in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage in­her­i­tor, who has been cre­at­ing cloth tigers for decades. Cloth tigers orig­i­nated from an­cient totem wor­ship. Leg­end has it that in an­cient times, due to the col­lapse of heaven and earth, there were only Fu Xi and his sis­ter Nu Wa left on earth. They went to find spouses, but when they could find no one else, they had to marry each other. Fu was too shy, so he dressed up as a tiger to marry his sis­ter.

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“I think the de­liv­ery ser­vice is re­ally good. To those who live alone and don’t want to spend time cook­ing, it is a good op­tion.” “A su­per­vi­sory body should be in place to guar­an­tee the qual­ity and safety of food in restau­rants that pro­vide de­liv­ery ser­vice.”

29, a struc­tural ar­chi­tect in a pri­vate IT firm in Bei­jing

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Item­fromDec1,1999in Chi­naDaily:Avis­i­tor­tries out­abowl­ing­bal­la­tan ex­hi­bi­tion­inBei­jing.For­eign­bowlinge­quip­ment man­u­fac­ture­sarevy­ing­for at­ten­tion­fromChina’s in­creas­inglyaf­flu­ent­con­sumers....

Bowl­ing is not fash­ion­able any­more. The once-ris­ing sport is los­ing its pop­u­lar­ity in the coun­try. In Bei­jing, there were about 120 bowl­ing clubs in 2003. There are less than 20 now.

The num­ber of peo­ple play­ing the sport reg­u­larly in -4/7 S -9/2 S 3/15 C 9/12 O 2/9 S 13/18 C 12/22 C 8/16 S 3/13 C 20/22 C 6/12 S -15/-4 S 4/13 S -9/5 S 17/21 C 1/13 S 5/16 C -3/7 S -4/14 S 2/15 C 16/22 C 8/16 S 5/13 S 11/21 C 3/10 S 21/27 C Shang­hai 8/14 S Shenyang -6/1 S Shen­zhen 15/22 C Shi­ji­azhuang 0/10 S Suzhou 6/13 C Taipei 19/21 R Taiyuan -6/9 S Tian­jin -1/8 S Urumqi -10/-3 C Wuhan 2/15 C Xi'an 0/11 S Xi­a­men 16/21 C Xin­ing -11/7 S Yan­tai 3/8 S Yinchuan -4/5 S Zhengzhou 3/12 S Zhuhai 15/21 S Athens Ber­lin Brus­sels Geneva Is­tan­bul Lon­don Madrid Moscow Paris Rome Vi­enna 6/9 0/6 -3/3 -1/8 3/7 -1/4 6/12 -8/-3 -4/4 2/8 -2/5 the cap­i­tal also fell from 50,000 to about 2,000 in the same pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

While bowl­ing is out of fash­ion, some other sports that were tra­di­tion­ally viewed as Western, in­clud­ing ten­nis and golf, have been tak­ing root in China over the past decade.

Chi­nese ten­nis fans were first in­spired by a women’s dou­bles gold medal won at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and then by Li Na’s two Grand Slam ti­tles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Aus­tralian Open. 8/14 C -6/5 S 16/22 C -1/10 S 3/13 S 18/22 R -6/10 S -2/10 S -9/-3 C 4/15 C 0/9 C 14/21 C -11/5 S 0/11 S -7/8 S 1/12 S 16/22 C C 6/15 D 3/9 R/Sn 1/6 S -1/7 D 5/10 C 0/4 D 6/11 Sn -6/-2 S -4/3 S 5/12 D -1/5 S D R/Sn S C R/Sn D Sn C C C

Over the past sea­son, China has hosted 11 tour­na­ments sanc­tioned by the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and the men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als.

Count­ing lower-level lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions, the num­ber of events to­taled 77, with nearly $30 mil­lion in prize money.

Top tour­na­ments such as Abu Dhabi 18/28 S Bangkok 24/32 O Colombo 23/29 O Dubai 22/30 S Hanoi 14/23 C Is­lam­abad 10/19 C Jakarta 26/33 D Karachi 16/31 S Kuala Lumpur 24/28 R Manila 26/32 D Mumbai 18/33 O New Delhi 12/26 D Py­ongyang -2/3 S Riyadh 14/26 S Seoul 3/5 C Sin­ga­pore 24/27 R Syd­ney 18/28 D Te­heran 7/10 D Tokyo 8/15 D Welling­ton 13/16 D Yan­gon 21/34 O 19/32 S 23/33 D 22/30 D 22/32 S 12/23 C 7/19 S 26/33 D 15/32 S 23/28 D 25/32 C 18/33 C 12/27 C -7/7 S 14/26 C -3/6 S 24/28 D 18/30 D 7/10 D 8/15 O 12/16 D 20/34 C the China Open, a WTA-ATP com­bined event, have be­come very pop­u­lar.

In com­par­i­son, the de­vel­op­ment of golf is fac­ing many chal­lenges.

How­ever, a gov­ern­ment crack­down on unau­tho­rized golf cour­ses has dam­aged the im­age of the sport and low­ered the num­ber of clubs.

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