Think badminton meets football. Competitive types can play it on a badminton-style court as they launch the weighted shuttlecock across the court using any part of their body apart from their hands. While social players will stand in a circle in parks and try and pass the colourful feathered shuttlecock between them without it touching the floor. Just one of the fun sights in China that you can take part in. Just snap up a shuttlecock from one of the street vendors at the park and have a go. Its roots lie in the sport of cuju, which was played during the Han dynasty 2000 years ago.
When you discover the rules behind Pacu Jawi you’ll think it’s sounds less like a sport and more of a crazy dare. This ancient race that comprises two bulls, a jockey and plenty of mud marks the end of the rice harvest in Indonesia. Plucky jockeys will hold on to the tales of the bulls as they race them around a waterlogged field. The winner can take home up to USD$1,000.