We went to a shopping mall to watch this:
For those of you who have never seen this group of dancers:
After waiting for an hour this is what we got:
Yes, those are glow sticks taped to his suit (it wasn’t even dark!!!).
When we arrived in China I made it my personal mission to go to a few Chinese Super League games.
After much searching on the internet I managed to find a fixture list and information about tickets (40 – 60 RMB, no allocated seats). Tianjin TEDA play their home games at the Olympic Stadium, which was built for the Olympic games and has a capacity of 60,000.
So, a few of us went off to our first game. What were we expecting? In terms of football probably a level similar to the English Championship or League 1 and a crowd of maybe two or three thousand.
What we found was a crowd of about ten thousand with a large group of ‘super fans’ with flags, drums, banners and a wide range of Chinese insults….perfect! At one match there were a few hundred away fans, however Shanghai traveled with about 4!
The football was interesting. There appeared to be a real lack of effort for long periods of time and it was as if tackling was banned. There were a few highlights including two missed penalties and a huge roar from the crowd every time a corner was awarded, which reminded me of playing in tournaments as a youngster where a point was awarded for a corner. Despite a lack of action in the match it was very entertaining watching the supporters shouting, arguing, staring blankly into space and sleeping!
Tianjin are currently 7th in the league at the half way point with their next home game on the 30th July (I wonder if Mrs T would like tickets as an anniversary gift?!).
Fixtures can be found here: Tianjin TEDA FC Fixtures and Results
It is definitely worth a visit and with Ao Cheng only a 5 minute walk away beverages can be consumed before or after the game!
See you at the next match!
The first weekend we woke up in our new place we looked out the window to see the street full of hustle and bustle. We of course went to investigate and to our surprise the specialty of the market was, birds! Mostly pigeons, and all the fixins you would need, cages, feed…very interesting. By two or three in the afternoon the street is completely empty.
I woke up this morning to see it as busy as ever and had to do a quick post. Definitely one of the best parts of our new place is watching the city below, we never tire of it!
It has been a week of adventures and exploring, more posts coming soon!
1:30 in the afternoon and quiet as anything!