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Chinese golf 中國高爾夫

Old drawings on vases show people playing an ancient, golf-like sport.
花瓶上的古畫,顯示人們玩著類似高爾夫球的古老遊戲。 (照片:歐新社)

PHOTO : EPA

Today, people all over the world play golf. Most people believe that the first people to play golf played in Scotland 500 years ago, and most people who study the history of golf think that the game was made up there.

However, some people in China believe that rich Chinese people have been playing a game that is a lot like golf for much longer than that. There are ancient books and pictures in China from a time before golf was ever played in Scotland that show people playing a game that looks like golf. People playing the game in China used wooden clubs to hit wooden balls into a hole in the ground.

The Chinese game is not exactly like golf, and no one knows if the game that was played in Scotland 500 years ago comes from the game played in China, or if it is a coincidence that the two games are so much alike. Either way, it looks fun! (Kayleen Hartman, Staff writer)

今日世界各地都有人打高爾夫球,多數人認為最早打高爾夫的人是在五百年前的蘇格蘭,許多研究高爾夫球歷史的人也相信蘇格蘭是高爾夫的發源地。

然而,中國有些人認為,富裕的中國人在更久以前就玩著近似高爾夫的遊戲。從中國古代書畫可看出人們玩著類似高爾夫球的遊戲,這些書畫的年份遠比蘇格蘭開始有高爾夫久遠,不過在中國,人們是以木製棍棒將木製球打入地上的洞。

這個中國遊戲和高爾夫不盡相同,也沒人知道蘇格蘭五百年前的高爾夫是否自中國傳入,或是這兩種球賽純屬雷同。但無論如何,看起來都很有趣。

(翻譯:鄭湘儀)

Quick Quiz 複習測驗

1. Where do most people think golf was invented?

a. No one knows.

b. Scotland.

c. China.

d. Golfland.

2. What were the clubs used in the Chinese game made of?

a. Wood.

b. Metal.

c. Stone.

d. Bone.


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