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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta June 9, 1973 THt ItTHMlDCI HERALD 31 Nightlife in new China By CARL MOLLINS PEKING (CP) Nightlife In China isn't much like neon-lit strips of taverns and showclubs e.sewhere but Peking nights have their charms and sur- prises all the same. 'Start, for example, in an up- stairs People's Eating Place just off Cfoien Men Way in the old city centre. Or perhaps the place in the East Wind market that serves a sort of ham- meal Pekinese fami- lies try for an exotic treat the way North Americans send out for Chinese food. Wander afterwards among the evening strollers, the crowd- ing bicycles and the occasional carter in from the countryside with anything from tricks to vegetables, often asleep atop his tidily stowed load while the donkey or horse, or both in tan- dem plod on by instinct. The night will erase any im- age of the new China as a joy- less place devoid of fun or laughter or individualism. LIFE IS QUIET Here, a girl and boy stroll hand in hand. There, a mother edges the bamboo baby car- riage UD to a closed toyshop so her child can enjoy the window dbplay of dolls and colorful games. Outside a cinema, people come and go from a revolution- ary adventure film, paying ad- missions of 25 fen for adults, 10 fen for 12 cents and five cents, respectively. On the corner nearby, a group of young girls crouch in the light of a streetlamp play- ing a kind of dried marrowbones to be manipulated while tossing and catching a small beanbag. In the vastness of Tien An Men Square, people stroll or sit or gossip. At the towering cenotaph hon- oring China's revolutionary heroes, a young sentry of the Peoples Liberation Army lets down the chain that guards the monumert at night to give for- eign rubberneekers a closer look at the friezes sculpted around the cenotaph's base. PROUD OF HISTORY He proudly gestures through the language barrier to the pic- torial history of China's revolu- tionary struggles against impe- rial "rule and foreign ex- ploitation, beginning with the Boxer uprising and the Taiping rebellion of the last century and ending with the Communist con- quest of Shanghai in 1W9. Down beside the tree-lined moat at the edge of the Forbid- den City, the sound of solo clar- inet music thrills across the wa- ter. It is a young musician practising in the stillness, away from what is probably a cramped apartment and from the noise of bicycle bells and occasional taxi horns on the streets. Then there are the more lively pastimes, the poo-kah sessions by the score under the streetlights. Poo-kah is poker, except that in China it is the general name given to card gamss. The most popular are shendi, meaning es- calation, or xiatai, which roughly means overthrow. To the uninitiated onlooker, the rules are a mystery. Every so often, a player hurls down a a a great sweeping gesture and cries sha or bi, both meaning kill. Poo-kah flourishes in the face of official discouragement, in- cluding an active campaign against gambling in the 1950s and a rule that forbids the sale of playing cards. But well-worn decks or handmade cards are used in games up and own the city streets on warm nights. Players maintain that there is no more gambling for money, although one said that some times there will be stakes of a candy or a lump of sugar. All insist that mah jong, a dice-like gambling game played with bone or ivory pieces, is a thing of the evil past along with debt and usury. "That is a game for reac- tionary Kuomintang soldiers who cheat the ex- plained a pco-kah player. You can often spot the villain in rev- olutionary dramas because the actor carxies a bag that rattles with mah jong pieces. But cards aren't the only games that draw the men and boys to the light of streetlamps on hot nights. There is Chinese chess, which has an army mar- shal instead of a king and pieces called cannon, chariots and footsoldiers. The rules include ma zou the horse moves and xiao zhu yi qui bu hu the small sol- dier attacks but never retreats. Such sedentary games, though, are pastimes of the night. By the time dawn breaks over the city, or shortly after- wards, the parks and forecourts are alive with cal calisthen- ics or tai chi chuan, the grace- ful and ancient art of Chinese sncdovv boxing that prac- titioners say develops not only physical fitness but tranquillity of mind. Certainly it is true that you seldom see an obese person in China and rarely an outburst c' anger or strong emotion. 17.9cu. ft. Coldspot 204 Low pricea Coldspot chest freezer holds 625 pounds! a-47 R 19180. Save money by shop- ping supermarket 'specials' and storing them in this giant freezer. 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He pays for his newspapers when due, So it is important that he collects from his customers on time. Why not set aside his money, so it will be ready when he calls. That way, it will be helpful to him and convenient for you. The Lethbrutge Herald ;