China On The Brink - olympics 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 The Compass Cafe's Last Days <p>Beijing's Compass Cafe will close in about a month, when owner Zhang Qiang will head to earthquake-stricken Sichuan province. Despite a seemingly prime spot at an intersection at the northeast corner of the ancient <a href="">Forbidden City</a>, revenue isn't strong enough to meet the 5,400-yuan monthly rent, which rose from 3,500-yuan a year ago.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing Growing Pains olympics small business Sat, 31 May 2008 18:16:47 -0600 Zachary Warmbrodt 111 at