IJCH 2015 Vol.1(2): 122-128 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2015.1.2.023

A Study on the First Public Gymnasium in China —Shanghai YMCA Sichuan Rd Club

Liu Pinghao and Zhu Wenyi
Abstract—Shanghai YMCA Sichuan Rd Club, built in 1907, was the first public gymnasium in China. Belonged to Church, the YMCA was not considered to be a sport building. However, China YMCA buildings, started with Sichuan Rd Club, made a great contribution to the development of China’s fitness culture and physical education. In this Club, China’s modern physical culture started and physical education was brought to the public. With the swimming pool added to the original gymnasium, the “Gymnasium + Swimming Pool” YMCA prototype first appeared in China, which set the standards of gymnasium architecture for the YMCA followers in China and then other public stadiums.

Index Terms—Fitness culture, gymnasium architecture, physical training, Shanghai YMCA Sichuan rd club.

The authors are with the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 P.R.China (e-mail: richardlph2005@126.com, zwy_80@126.com).

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Cite: Liu Pinghao and Zhu Wenyi, "A Study on the First Public Gymnasium in China —Shanghai YMCA Sichuan Rd Club," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 122-128, 2015.

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