Bowling’s back in Xiamen

by Bob Johnson 0

Xiamen is a coastal city in southeastern China, bordering Zhangzhou to the south and Quanzhou to the north. It has been cited as China's "second-most suitable city for living."

During the 1990s, bowling experienced a boom in Xiamen as more than 30 centers were opened, and most operated at near capacity. However, the boom went bust during the first decade of the 21st century, and most of those centers closed.

So it came as good news when a new tenpin facility — the Xing Guan Bowling Club —

opened recently on the second floor of the Xiamen Port Recreation and Sports Centre.

The club was developed by local bowlers who wanted a place a train, and has been set up as a non-profit business. The bowlers said they hoped the opening of the club would help spark a bowling renaissance in Xiamen.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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