Chinese slang for swimming is “boiling dumplings”


In China the public swimming pools are generally too crowded for swimming, leaving ordinary people no option but to stand on the spot, “boiling dumplings” as they say. Regular schools do not have swim teams and there is no network of community swimming clubs so the majority of training and racing in Chinese pools is at official sport schools, which groom children from a young age to compete internationally. Read more here on

Crowded Korean Pool

(crowded pool in Korea, nothing to do with China, but crowded :-)


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