Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Late Night Game of Gongbei-Ball

Just missed . . .

boy misses catching a paper ball in Zhuhai, China

Caught . . .

boy catches a paper ball at night in Zhuhai, China

Evaded . . .

boy jumps out of the way of a paper ball thrown by another boy in Zhuhai, China

Bounced off . . .

paper ball bounces off the hands of a boy in Zhuhai, China

Late yesterday night in Gongbei, Zhuhai, I saw several boys playing a game of Gongbei-ball. I made up the name, and the game's rules appeared to evolve over time. The main piece of equipment was paper crumpled up and taped into a ball. The boys granted me a throw. I must say, it was a pretty good ball.

The narrow street could easily be labeled as an alley in today's Zhuhai. If you want to find Gaosha Middle Street (高沙中街), as it is identified on posted signs there, good luck. Several online maps give it a different name or no name at all. But these kids know where the street is. And it is full of life even at night.

boys posing for a photo in Zhuhai, China

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