The place to ask China-related questions!
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen Chengdu Xi'an Hangzhou Qingdao Dalian Suzhou Nanjing More Cities>>

Categories

Close
Welcome to eChinacities Answers! Please or register if you wish to join conversations or ask questions relating to life in China. For help, click here.

By continuing you agree to eChinacities's Privacy Policy .

Sign up with Google Sign up with Facebook
Sign up with Email Already have an account? .
Posts: 372

Governor

1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Q: Why is it ALL Chinese people think table tennis was invented in China?

I always ask people this, just to catch them out and see the look of horror and disbelief on their face.

From Wikipedia:

The game originated as a sport in Britain during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game, then commonly known as "wiff-waff".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_tennis

11 years 6 days ago in  Sports - Lanzhou

 
Highest Voted
2
3
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
1

This is news to me as well. I thought ping pong was invented in Ding Dang.

crimochina:

i was really trying to figure out where the hell is ding dang damn my slow brain

11 years 6 days ago
Report Abuse

beaufortninja:

Trolololo

11 years 5 days ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
Answers (9)
Comments (9)
Posts: 164

Governor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

From that same source; It also say Table tennis, also known as ping-pong. Both games are similar. Chinese love ping pong! They are a world champion.

GoldenBoy:

Same game Duh.

11 years 5 days ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
2
3
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
1

This is news to me as well. I thought ping pong was invented in Ding Dang.

crimochina:

i was really trying to figure out where the hell is ding dang damn my slow brain

11 years 6 days ago
Report Abuse

beaufortninja:

Trolololo

11 years 5 days ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
Posts: 961

Shifu

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

They may not have invented it, but are by the dominant country in this sport. They supply players to many other countries as well. It is easier for many of their better players to seek citizenship elsewhere, be certain to be selected in the new homelands national team and have a crack at an Olympic medal than it is to try and battle with 20 or so players of similar standard to make the Chinese team.

GoldenBoy:

Talking about what the question asks lol not useless information.

11 years 5 days ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

The game was actually refined in Hungary and a guy named Barna was the top of the tree. The sponge filled paddle was an Asian improvement on the wood bats and allowed enormous amounts of spin to be applied to the ball. The application of spin was refined even more by the Chinese as they started to dominate the sport. I played this game competitively for 10 years but wouldn't stand a chance against Asian players now. The Swedes are pretty good too I believe but as somebody mentioned a lot of the European countries are represented by Asian players. Ditto in Australia. The Yin and the Yang and the Ping and the Pong I guess.
Wink

Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
Posts: 650

Shifu

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I did not who invited pingpong I only know China is the best at it... Wink

GoldenBoy:

Was that an answer to the question or another pathetic attempt to annoy expats?

11 years 5 days ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
11 years 6 days ago
 
1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

I do think the reason is that China has many excellent ping pong players. I have just read an article about the list of ping pong players include male and female and China has more than 50%.

 

http://www.pingpoolshark.com/top-10-ping-pong-male-players/

http://www.pingpoolshark.com/top-10-female-ping-pong-players/

Stiggs:

Just because China has a lot of good players doesn't mean they invented it.

 

Australia has a lot of good swimmers, they didn't invent swimming.

5 years 30 weeks ago
Report Abuse

ScotsAlan:

Swimming was invented by everyone not related to Noah.

 

It's a five year old post, but Noah is still considered relevent after thousands of years. Hey ho 

5 years 29 weeks ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
5 years 30 weeks ago
 
Posts: 19571

Emperor

1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

It would be interesting to know how many Chinese understand meaning of the word 'invented' (in Chinese) to get 'full scope' on Chinese-inventions-thinking.

 

Pints should double (at least!) to replies at an ancient post.

Report Abuse
5 years 29 weeks ago
 
1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

That's easy; 10,000 years ago, the part of England where ping pong was invented was a Chinese colony. That's why the Chinese think they invented it. But at that time China was a democracy and the communists didn't exist yet.

Hotwater:

So that's who actually built Stonehenge! Shoddy construction 

5 years 29 weeks ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
5 years 29 weeks ago
 
1
1
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
2

Sadly China is the land of lies and face. Yesterday, I caught someone taking a photo of me. I confronted them and they insisted that they weren't . Took their phone went into wechat and pointed at the photo of me that they sent to their friend. They still insisted that they weren't but this time laughing. I then pressed the phone against his head telling them to delete the photo, yelled at him embarrassing them (only thing that can be done short of breaking their necks). A few weeks ago I had to break a piece of a guy's phone because they were lying.   

Face is the dumbest thing imaginable that encourages lying about things like who invented what. China invented soccer, China stole Aesop's fables/ bible proverbs and let's not forget how the whole 500 years came about after an official's visit to Rome.

Western society has grown week, the educated liberals who are the one's who should be calling BS on this just repeat the lies for fear of being seen as racist. 

icnif77:

You chased them because they snap you? Tell me, in what language do you curse  at such occasions?

I had slightly different problem (but topic was the same as yours = 'my being & things').

Yesterday afternoon, I was at DT Super shopping for groceries with basket on wheels ... Chinese always bring trolleys to look at the item they are interested, so passage through the isle is impossible without 'excuse me!'.

I (for the difference) leave my basket on the side, out of the way, walk to the isle and bring item to the basket .... Yesterday, somebody took my almost full basket. I walked around the Super and look for my bag, but I couldn't find it in some 6-isles, single floor Super, i.e. 'not too big'.

I called Chinese teacher and he talked to the Super's manager ... In the basket was my briefcase (which lands in it first) with passport, FEC and apartment keys... and Super's items were on the top. Teacher also called cops.. It's already one hour since I entered the Super and 'fok-it'...'I am going ...'.

I left Super without briefcase and walked toward my home ... another-'fok-it': 'I don't have an entrance keys ...', and then phone rang ... Chinese teacher: 'Return to the Super! They found your basket ....'

It looks stipud overall, buTT .....Teacher told me manager is looking at the Super's webcam and that takes time .....LOL

At 'photo events', I just turn my head away .... and think about pandas ..

5 years 28 weeks ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
5 years 28 weeks ago
 
Know the answer ?
Please or register to post answer.

Report Abuse

Security Code: * Enter the text diplayed in the box below
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <br> <p> <u>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Textual smileys will be replaced with graphical ones.

More information about formatting options

Forward Question

Answer of the DayMORE >>
A: What is 'formal offer letter'? Only legally accepted employment o
A:What is 'formal offer letter'? Only legally accepted employment offer I know is a Contract! ... so, you just don't accept and sign the contract with the lower salary! Email exchanges, verbal discussions and other promises between you and employer aren't legally binding, so legal action isn't recommended. Mainly legal effective thingy is employer's stamped and signed contract! ... and after you ink it, employer can/will use your signed contract to apply for all necessary documents at Chinese governmental agencies as Working permit and all ... It would be better for you to not accept an employment with such an employer, IMO 'cause you'll experience similar troubles by employer won't respect the contract later on. -- icnif77