China On The Brink - children en Beijing School Trains China’s Future Ping-Pong Champions <p>Chen Xubin just turned seven. His favorite part of playing ping-pong is hitting the ball. He is missing his two front teeth and his face barely reaches above the table. Yet he regularly beats children almost twice his age. Chen has lived at the Xian Nongtan Sports Training School for almost a year. In that time, he has learned to play the game, quickly building skills that take others years of practice to develop, says his coach, Wang Libo, who maintains that the pint-sized player has Olympic potential.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing children olympics On The World Stage sports Sat, 07 Jun 2008 09:53:04 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 195 at Earthquake shifts views of psychology in China <p>He Quanjia picks up his six-year-old daughter so she can get a better view of the 211-foot-tall Big Goose pagoda, a Buddhist temple that attracts numerous tourists to Xian every year. He, his wife Gao Li, and their two young daughters, are visiting the 1,000-year-old temple that although is well-preserved, was closed to visitors for structural damage caused by the earthquake in Sichuan province last May.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing children earthquake Ganzu government Growing Pains psychology Shanghai Sichuan Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:45:08 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 363 at