A day in the park: Early Sunday morning at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing.
A bright Sunday morning at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. Most parks and alongside side streets have brightly-colored gyms which allow every Chinese citizen to exercise. Senior citizens are the most common users of these gyms, and it is not unusual to see the elderly performing feats of flexibility and strength usually reserved for professional athletes half their age. Parks are the best place for lessons, whether on musical instruments or in Taiji quan 太极拳, or Tai Chi, as it is better known in the west. In China, the term can mean all types of slow and fast-paced martial practices, often incorporating swords, spears, or fans and scarves.