Young at heart get their skates on

China Daily | Updated: 2022-07-16 10:28
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Long Xingwen, 62, trains with his "old boy roller skating dragon team". [Photo by Zhu Xiyong/China Daily]

On the square of Hanyang Qintai Grand Theater, 67-year-old Shu Tao, as light as a swallow, passes through rows of flat slalom piles, and his freestyle elegance has stunned the spectators. As the coach of the Qintai training base for the Hubei Pioneer Roller Skating Team, he says he mainly teaches the older guys to do freestyle slalom. In his spare time, he likes to sit under a tree outside the court and play the saxophone quietly.

In the evening,"Batman" makes a dramatic appearance by the Yangtze River in Sanyang Square, Hankou River Beach. He immediately attracts many onlookers. The Batman costume has been made by "Kaka". When the wings are opened, it is 6 meters wide and weighs 13 kilograms. The 65-year-old "Kaka" (Liu Jianguo) is a retired bus driver. He likes roller skating while dressing up as a clown or in other costumes. He can be regularly seen on the streets of Wuhan, adding a bit of color to daily life.

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