Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, August 01, 2016

No Marco. Just polo.

The one-percenters in China look more and more like the one-percenters elsewhere.

Inside China's largest polo club - in pictures
On the outskirts of Tianjin, membership of the exclusive Goldin Metropolitan, China’s largest polo club, is by invitation only. Increasingly, wealthy Chinese parents are choosing polo and other equestrian activities for their children as a way to bolster their credentials for admission to top-tier universities in the US and UK.

The Metropolitan Polo Club team, in white, compete against players from the US and UK


A handler wraps the legs of a horse as he prepares it for a match

A trainer washes a polo horse after exercise


While the ‘sport of kings’ became a mainstay in Hong Kong during British rule, polo is a relatively new sport to mainland China. Spectators watch a match between the Metropolitan Polo Club team and visiting players.

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