Hou Linghua’s square dancing troupe of 60-somethings took second prize at the 14th National Games in Xian. Photo: Tom Wang
Hou Linghua’s square dancing troupe of 60-somethings took second prize at the 14th National Games in Xian. Photo: Tom Wang

National Games: retirees shine as square dancing steps onto China’s sporting stage

  • Hou Linghua’s Xian 36-strong troupe started in 2009 as the pastime took off in China
  • As one of 19 events added for games in Xian, the sport gives retirees a spring in their step but the pastime has been controversial

Topic |   2021 National Games of China
Hou Linghua’s square dancing troupe of 60-somethings took second prize at the 14th National Games in Xian. Photo: Tom Wang
Hou Linghua’s square dancing troupe of 60-somethings took second prize at the 14th National Games in Xian. Photo: Tom Wang
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