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Table Tennis in Xiamen and where to play

Updated: 11 Apr 2009
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A survey of Xiamen’s favorite sporting pursuits would probably highlight the popularity of table tennis, badminton, basketball, and football.

 

Table tennis is China’s national sport and therefore most Chinese people can play at least to a basic standard. This probably has something to do with accessibility. Table tennis balls are very cheap and, accidents aside, very durable. 

 

During the 1950s and 1960s, table tennis was the only affordable sport for most Chinese families. At that time, playing ping pong didn’t even have to involve standard tables – games would be played on outdoor concrete tables and the paddles people used were often just simple pieces of wood devoid of any rubber pads.

 

Against that backdrop, it’s no surprise that table tennis has become such a popular game throughout China, and Xiamen is no exception. Many companies will set up a ping pong table in an office room so that employees can relax over a few games after work. Xiamen is also one of the five training bases of the national table tennis team which has come here to train every year since 2003.

 

WOX has selected several major table tennis venues in Xiamen for your convenience.

 

1. Xiamen Sports Centre (体育中心乒乓球馆)

 

Add: 8#, East Section of Xiamen Sports Centre, Hubin Bei Road

Tel: 0592-5064607

Price: 10 RMB / hour

Opening hours: 8:00 - 11:30 & 14:30 - 20:00

Bus: Bus 31, 36, 51, 530, 805, get off at Tiyu Zhongxin (体育中心) Bus Stop.

 

2. Wuyuan Bay Sports Stadium (五缘湾运动馆)

 

Add: Wuyuan Operation Center, Huandao Road

Tel: 0592-5571866

Price: 12 RMB / hour before 17:00, 18 RMB / hour after 17:00 (Mon. to Fri.), 18 RMB / hour (Sat. & Sun.)

Opening hours: 9:00 - 22:00

Bus: Bus. 6, get off at Wuyuan Wan Yundong guan (五缘湾运动馆) Bus Stop

 

3. Fei Le Table Tennis Gym (松柏飞乐乒乓球馆)

 

Add: 2F, Xianghui Building, No. 223, Yuhou Nanli, Huli District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5200732

Price: 17 RMB / hour (normal table), 20 RMB / hour (professional table)

Opening hours: 8:30 - 00:00

Bus:  Bus 8, 32, get off at Songbai Gongyuan (松柏公园) Bus Stop,

 

4. Fan Rong Table Tennis Gym (繁荣广场乒乓球馆)

 

Add: No. 267, Hexiang Xi Road, Fan Rong Square.

Tel: 0592-2221880

Price: 12 RMB / hour (normal table), 16 RMB / hour (professional table)

Opening hours: 9:00 - 22:00

Bus: Bus 26, 86, 87, 201, 518, 616, L 5, get off at Puli Dasha (普利大厦) Bus Stop.

 

5. Siming Cultural and Sports Centre (思明区文体活动中心)

 

Add: Wenti Building, No. 28, Qianpu Dong Road, Siming District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5903335

Price: 12 RMB / hour

Opening hours: 8:30 - 22:00, closed at 19:00 on Friday

Bus: Bus 28, 29, 47, 49, 512, 518, L 27, get off at Kaiyuan Wenyi Lou (开元文体楼)

 

6. Jimei Jiageng Sports Stadium (集美嘉庚体育馆)

 

Add: No. 1, Lehai Road, Jimei District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5898960, 13695000600

Price: 20 RMB / hour

Opening hours: 9:00 - 22:00

Bus: BRT 1, Ji 5, Ji 6, L 21, get off at Jia Geng Ti Yu Guan (嘉庚体育馆) Bus Stop

 

SOURCE: WOX Team

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