In China, ping pong is more than a game in China. It’s a part of daily life. The national sport of 1.3 billion people is beloved by everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers. The game’s important cultural role is evident throughout China’s cities. Ping pong tables claim a prime spot in parks, apartment compounds and even along busy streets. Much of China is poor, but nearly everyone has the means to play ping pong. All you need is a table, two paddles and a ball.