The Huangpu Worker's Stadium is built almost directly under the neon corkscrew of the Nanpu Bridge, in an area that used to be crammed-together houses but has since been redeveloped into public utilities. Usually these Worker's Palaces or Worker's Stadiums are musty old relics of a time when the government provided everything, including a place for workers to relax and entertain themselves. Not this one. Built five years ago, it's a sprawling building with all kinds of modern facilities including what is probably the best ping pong hall in the city. The vibe is excellent, with a real broad mix of people playing the world's greatest game, from young guys dancing around the table to get into position for smash forehands to grandmas and grandpas with wicked slice serves and impressive dexterity. The view when you come out, of the spans of the Nanpu Bridge framed between the back of the building and a row of trees, is icing on the cake. This one is a real winner.
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