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Horseplay a rich man's game in China

Published on Jul 31, 2014 11:28 AM
 
This photo taken on July 5, 2014 shows people playing polo on a field in the city of Dalian in north-east China's Liaoning province. A growing number of the country's wealthy elite are discovering the joys of the saddle and the whip. -- PHOTO: AFP

DALIAN, China (AFP) - Gripping his mallet, Mr Peng Zhichun gallops towards goal on a Chinese polo field, one of a growing number of the country's wealthy elite discovering the joys of the saddle and the whip.

"New clubs are opening, people are more into equestrian sports, into polo, there are more international players coming, so it's growing really fast," the young man, dressed in an expensive leather helmet, boots and white trousers, said after dismounting.

Mr Peng, who was taking part in a luxury lifestyle event in the northern port of Dalian earlier this month, spent several years in the United States and is typical of China's emerging upper class, with a keen interest in travel and Western leisure activities.

Among the privileged minority, chosen sports are indicative of status - usually tennis and golf to start off with, graduating to skiing or riding.

 
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