This Day, That Year more choices in spare time

01,2016 Editor:AT0086| Resource:China Daily

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This Day, That Year: more choices in spare time

Item from July 20, 1988, in China Daily: In a 90-square-meter prefabricated house in Beijing's Chaoyang district, a group of young people are playing billiards on a summer night. ...

Since it was set up a few months ago, the billiard room has attracted a lot of players. One hour's play costs eight yuan ($1.30).

Billiards used to be one of the three most popular recreational activities in the capital in the 1980s. The others were the disco, and qi-gong, a system of deep breathing.

This Day, That Year: more choices in spare time

A reader at a 24-hour bookstore in Beijing on May 25, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Almost 30 years on, young Beijingers have more choices, including 24-hour libraries and bookstores spread across the city.

There are hundreds of cinemas and theaters in Beijing, where people can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters, plays or world-class concerts.

Gyms, parks and university playgrounds are also crowded with people of various age groups.

Armed with wearable devices to monitor their exercise and physical data, and cutting-edge digital gadgets to entertain their ears, more and more Beijingers have become exercise addictsan effort to offset the modern lifestyle's negative effects on their health.

Bars and eateries are all-time summer favorites in Beijing. But unlike the 1980s, people now focus more on these places' social functions than the drinks and foods themselves.

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