These two free-to-use table tennis tables get a lot of attention from locals round here, and no wonder; they’re sat under the cool shade of willow trees that line the shores of Houhai Lake.
Wander over here and take a look at just how goddam good the locals are at ping pong (someone will normally let you join in if you show enough interest). Or purchase your own table tennis set and stop by to have a proper go at China’s national sport.
You can get your hands on a cheap set of bats, balls and net in nearby Tian Yi Goods Market. For something more professional, head to Sports Masterpieces, a small table-tennis specialist shop by the south shore of these lakes.
Gulou Dajie (1km)