Beijing 2006 - Workout or hangout

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

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beijing, china, hutong, health, exercise, workout, hangout, gossip, playground, grown up

This is part of the second series of Beijing 2006 – The hutong photos; see my journal posts Beijing 2006 – The hutong and Beijing 2006: Out with the old, in with the new for the background of this series.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

I’ve seen these kinds of ‘grown-up playgrounds’ on several locations in Beijing – and, remarkably, also in Istanbul when I was there in October 2011. They enable easy, gentle exercise, and no doubt help to keep people fit and healthy. If they actually use it for exercise, of course, but I’ve seen that, too.

These ladies seem to have other ideas, and use it as a hangout for some relaxing gossip!

It was located near the North-Eastern corner of the housing estate shown here but unfortunately I cannot recognize even a trace of it on the satellite image The marker is still very close though (I measured it out by means of my walking speed and the timing between my shots); possibly it has disappeared, to make place for the new school (the building with the bright orange roof).

This is the last photograph in the Beijing 2006 – The hutong collection. I will add a few more videos with sights and sounds of Beijing to the map when I’ve edited them and uploaded them to Youtube.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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