Badminton Made Me Feel Good

I am just back from badminton with Wendy at the Youyou Badminton.

Image in courtesy of Google

I haven’t had sports for quite some time. So did Wendy. It made us feel very happy. The good thing is, the venue is within walking distance from the place I stay.

Here is the Google Map of the Area.

There are also middle school, and primary school – good city planning, I have to say. The place has 7 fields for badminton. Very nice place – except it is hot – there is no A/C inside. The price is 30 RMB (a little bit less than 4 USD) per hour.

We planned to have some sports every Tuesday night. We want to do that, although neither of us really believe in the plan… :-)

12 thoughts on “Badminton Made Me Feel Good

  1. News:Beijing and Shanghai, and other urban schools Coliseum 7 will be open free.

  2. Ni hao Jian Shuo Wang,

    I’m from Colorado and used to play tennis and basketball all the time, but badminton’s become my new favorite sport. It’s really the ultimate sport in some ways– competitive, athletic with a net, can be played individually or in teams, intense. It’s a shame that it’s not more popular in the USA. It’s similar to the way Americans just don’t get interested in the Soccer World Cup– I feel like we’re missing out on a lot of the best that world athletics has to offer.

  3. By the way Jian Shuo Wang, this is a bit off-topic but a previous post made me think of it– I’m half-Filipino, and several of my relatives (mostly cousins) back in the Philippines, have been interested in getting “skills-based” work permits to work and train in China, and I was wondering what you know about the work permit situation for skilled Filipinos to go to China (and I presume for skilled Thais and Vietnamese to do the same).

    All of my relatives are skilled workers with college degrees and specialist training of one sort or another. Two of my cousins are nurses, one is a physician (nephrologist who basically works on dialysis machines and kidney transplants), one is an electrical engineer, another an audio/acoustic engineer, another a computer programmer, an uncle is a botanist, and one other cousin is an industrial chemist– we’re basically a big family with a strong emphasis on education.

    The reason I’m posting here, is that all my Filipino relatives are interested in possibly working and maybe even immigrating (for two of my cousins) to China. There’s been a lot of “buzz” in the Philippines about prospects of working in China for skilled Filipino workers, and a lot of people– including my relatives– have been taking intensive Mandarin Chinese courses lately. China is probably the #1 destination of interest for skilled Filipino workers, due to geography among other reasons– unlike the millions of Filipinos who work in Europe, Arab countries or in North or South America, those Filipinos who work in China are closer to home, and it’s much easier for us to commute between China and the Philippines, as well as to maximize our business between the two countries.

    One of my cousins who’s a nurse though, said she was getting frustrated because it’s so hard to get a work permit. She’s exactly the type of worker who’d be great for China’s economy– she’s a highly-trained “intensivist nurse” (she works in an Intensive Care Unit helping e.g. heart attack sufferers to recover) and speaks excellent Chinese, both from courses she took and her current fiance, who is half Filipino Chinese. She also trained in Germany for 2 years and so knows some German as well as has the specialist skills with advanced equipment (including the newest CT-scanners) that they actually manufacture in Germany, with companies like Siemens. She really wants to work in China, and is even considering the possibility of immigration to China with her fiance. But so far, despite her high skill level and intensive training and experience, she says she’s been unable to get a work permit, and in fact she’s now starting to consider going to Germany or Italy to work instead.

    Does China have a special visa program for skilled workers from nearby in East and Southeast Asia– for countries like the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia– maybe that my cousin hasn’t yet become aware of? I think we Filipinos could be a tremendous resource for you, as millions of us with special skills would like to work in China, and we’re both highly educated and very hard-working. I’ve been in China a couple times before and seen how many of the hospitals are under-staffed and exhausted, and with the number of nurses and doctors that the Philippines trains, we could help you enormously here. Also, remember that millions of us have some Chinese ancestry ourselves. But from my relatives’ experiences, it seems like China’s driving many of us away and telling us that we’re not wanted– and so we wind up mostly going farther away, to Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Both of us– both Filipinos and Chinese– lose because of this.

    But I wonder if there actually *are* more opportunities to get work permits for skilled workers from the Philippines and Vietnam to work in China, and maybe my relatives just haven’t been aware of them? Or maybe they just don’t know the right way to apply? Do we need connections or sponsors within China? I’d greatly appreciate any helpful suggestions you might have on this topic.

  4. Wow there must have been alot of people there if there was 7 courts and crouded. No a/c you must have been very hot when you are playing badminton.

  5. wow 7 courts there must have been alot of people there when you are playing. The heat must have been harsh because there is no a/c in the buliding. walking distance is a very good thing if you don’t live very far.

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