●Lived and studied in China for 6 years
I adore it. This is something the whole world can learn from. It’s solves many of the pains of moving into old age including a lack of social interaction, physical activity and entertainment. Bravo!
In my time in China I really enjoyed seeing this, even joining in sometimes which always made for lots of laughs and smiles.
I would often go for a run up a small nearby mountain, it’s hard to believe what I saw every morning. It was like a granny rave party! They had boom boxes pumping out beats with the dance leader acting as DJ. Over 100 people gathered, from 50 to 80 years old, all swinging and cutting moves on the pavement in tune to the beat.
I later found out that some older people take it very seriously, wearing co-ordinated clothes and even competing in square dancing competitions :) Apparently it can be quite cut throat
The central government at one point even tried to introduce standardized dance routines
Seriously though, Western life and culture really lacks this component, and this is something we must learn from our Chinese friends, how to live joyfully and healthily through the later years of life.
We in the west should also learn about filial piety, too many families dump their family elderly members into care facilities without any respect so that they can get on with their apparently busy lives. So busy, they don’t even go to visit the people that worked tirelessly to bring them into this earth.
It’s sad though, as this beautiful and important element of Chinese culture seems to be clashing with modern life in China. Many young people in China complain about noise and that it disrupts the peace, simply because it clashes with there own lifestyles. But in fairness, sometimes the granny"s really like to rock, and perhaps they could turn down the volume on the beats a little. Perhaps younger people should just join in?