Bowling is a sport where I’m neither good nor bad. My current average is 105. My goal for this year is to average at 120. Seems reachable right? There are several bowling alleys in Beijing. The most famous is Gongti 100 in Gongti Xi Lu. The International Friendship Bowling League hold their tournament there every Tuesday night at 730pm. Each game at this alley cost RMB 25 before 5pm and RMB 30 after 5pm. Smoking and drinking are allowed. If you buy their prepaid card worth RMB 5000, each game before 5pm is RMB 15 and after 5pm is RMB 18.
Near Dongzhimen, East Gate Apartments has a bowling alley at the basement of their mall. Each game cost RMB 15 before 5pm and RMB 20 after 5pm. The alley closes at 12mn so you better time yourself well. They have fewer lanes and columns in between lanes are a bit distracting. No smoking or drinking allowed. Beware of flying balls as some players literally throw their balls and not towards the pins but it slip off their fingers when they’re about to throw it. If you get a prepaid card worth RMB 3600, each game before 5pm will cost RMB 3 and after 5pm will be RMB 6. In between bowling tournament, this is where we practice to reduce cost.
Last Saturday night, the International Friendship Bowling league had their Awards night. Gongti 100 raffled off two bowling ball set. Each set is consist of a bowling ball, bowling shoes and bag. This set retails at RMB 1080 at their alley. These were the two main prizes that night but the one I won was only the bowling ball and bag. I was shocked and giddy! I was actually planning to buy a ball to help me achieve my goal but now, I don’t need to. Woohoo!! Save me some big bucks but I’m grateful for it. Maybe this would be the payment for being one of the officers this coming season. Hahaha.. In any case, thank you thank you thank you! Thank you Lord!