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Table tennis Training Base
3.5
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All around great place
Aug 2015
This training center is an excellent place for serious players. I went with a couple of my friends as a way to improve our playing level. Although compared to Western standards, the lodging wasn't great, it wasn't terrible either. The rooms were clean, with maids coming in everyday. They all included a washing machine, and the front desk provides free laundry detergent. Bathroom had a full sized shower and soap, although they didn't replace the towels very often. The food was average but I didn't mind considering I went there without any expectations. As others have said, they do mix up the dishes and there is a wide variety of food. They have fries and other Western-style foods every so often as well! The lodging the training center is overall pretty comfortable and not at all bad. Now, on to training. There are separate halls for the women and the men, which is good because they work on different things depending on your gender. For example, the men did more physical training and looping drills, while the women focused on speed, agility, multiball, etc. Also, compared to how we play here in the US, the training is very different. Here the focus is more on playing matches while in ZDTTB they focus primarily on drills, as it is in most of China. the playing is very intense so I wouldn't recommend anyone to come until they have reached a certain level and are serious about playing. Every day of training is very tiring but I always feel great after. Breaks come on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons to rest those sore muscles. On some afternoons, we even have soccer, or football, sessions at the track. Also, every last Sunday of the month we have the entire day off to do some exploring in the city. Zhengding itself is a very interesting place to visit! The cultural aspect of it, specifically, is awesome. The center is smack dab in the middle of a bustling little city. There are a lot of little shops a few minutes walk away, including a few table tennis ones. Tiny authentic restaurants line the streets and you can have almost an endless selection of places to eat at; but, if that's not what you'd like there are also supermarkets with an array of foods and snacks. Historical and cultural attractions are also in walking distance and you can take a cab into the city, where there are giant shopping centers to visit. Meeting new people is also super cool. During my three weeks I was there, I met players from all over the globe including Congo, Sweden, Norway, England, and Russia. It truly is the best center I've ever been to for training and it's also attracting hundreds and thousands of athletes from all over the world. ZDTTB is a great place to visit if you're looking for a good practice experience. I'd recommend staying about three weeks for your first time there, but its much better for longer stays as well. If you decide to go, I promise you won't regret it.

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Patrick Hall
Burton upon Trent, UK1 contribution
for Table Tennis lovers only
Aug 2018 • Family
i found the Table Tennis Headquarters to be excellent understanding that the main object there was to play Table Tennis. The people there were very friendly and all different Nations of people all mixed well together. When out in Zhengding I found all people courteous and happy. Would go there again and recommend to friends who genuinely just wanted to better their Table Tennis standard.
Written June 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

linda_slu7
New York City, NY1 contribution
All around great place
Aug 2015 • Friends
This training center is an excellent place for serious players. I went with a couple of my friends as a way to improve our playing level. Although compared to Western standards, the lodging wasn't great, it wasn't terrible either. The rooms were clean, with maids coming in everyday. They all included a washing machine, and the front desk provides free laundry detergent. Bathroom had a full sized shower and soap, although they didn't replace the towels very often. The food was average but I didn't mind considering I went there without any expectations. As others have said, they do mix up the dishes and there is a wide variety of food. They have fries and other Western-style foods every so often as well! The lodging the training center is overall pretty comfortable and not at all bad.
Now, on to training. There are separate halls for the women and the men, which is good because they work on different things depending on your gender. For example, the men did more physical training and looping drills, while the women focused on speed, agility, multiball, etc. Also, compared to how we play here in the US, the training is very different. Here the focus is more on playing matches while in ZDTTB they focus primarily on drills, as it is in most of China. the playing is very intense so I wouldn't recommend anyone to come until they have reached a certain level and are serious about playing. Every day of training is very tiring but I always feel great after. Breaks come on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons to rest those sore muscles. On some afternoons, we even have soccer, or football, sessions at the track. Also, every last Sunday of the month we have the entire day off to do some exploring in the city.
Zhengding itself is a very interesting place to visit! The cultural aspect of it, specifically, is awesome. The center is smack dab in the middle of a bustling little city. There are a lot of little shops a few minutes walk away, including a few table tennis ones. Tiny authentic restaurants line the streets and you can have almost an endless selection of places to eat at; but, if that's not what you'd like there are also supermarkets with an array of foods and snacks. Historical and cultural attractions are also in walking distance and you can take a cab into the city, where there are giant shopping centers to visit.
Meeting new people is also super cool. During my three weeks I was there, I met players from all over the globe including Congo, Sweden, Norway, England, and Russia. It truly is the best center I've ever been to for training and it's also attracting hundreds and thousands of athletes from all over the world. ZDTTB is a great place to visit if you're looking for a good practice experience. I'd recommend staying about three weeks for your first time there, but its much better for longer stays as well. If you decide to go, I promise you won't regret it.
Written January 10, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alina L
Tyumen, Tyumen', Russia8 contributions
Happy hours playing table tennis
Aug 2015 • Solo
First of all, I'd like to thank Mark S. for providing direct e-mail address of Zhengding Table Training Base, it saved a lot of money.

About the base.

What I liked:
1) I was able to play table tennis many hours, I've got some good advise on my technique and I felt progress (but I need to say that I'm just a beginner)
2) there were foreign players on the base (from Kongo, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, England and even from Russia), it was a real pleasure to pass the time talking with them, all the players are very interesting and friendly.
3) living conditions were nice (of course it's not a 3* hotel), as for me there were all the necessaries. You live one in a twin-room, you've got shower in the room. There are also washing machine, electric kettle, cups, shower caps, combs, as much bottled water as you can drink...
4) as for me I liked walking around in the city: everything seems unusual (shops, goods, people, salesmen, traffic etc.)
5) food was good (I'm half korean, probably i can easily adapt to chinese cuisine :). Actually it was cheap chinese food, but every day you have a variety of food (you can choose chicken naggets or pork or smth strange)) or fish (quite hot, with chily pepper). I took fried eggs wth vegetables (or noodles) and toasts with jam on breakfast, I liked soy sprouts, pork with vegetables, chicken, someday there were watermelon or apples. there were cola, sprite, black tea, orange juice as drinks. There was no coffee.

Some interesting facts:
1) Yes, trainers don't pay much attention to foreigners, if you are not active you just make drills with your playing partner or play matches (if I'm not mistaken juniors make more drills, seniors play more matches). Nevertheless if you ask questions they try to answer, actually they speak little english, use gestures and smartphone translators.
2) you can ask for private coaching, I've heard prices 150-200 CNY per 1-1.5 hours. I took it once and it was really helpful for me.
3) they've got some problems with electricity, during my stay trainings were cancelled or postponed two times and elevators didn't work sometimes.
4) there is no iron in the hotel, thanks to Julie (Julie is the contact person for the base now) she gave me her own steam machine to iron.
5) taxies are cheap (5 CNY + 1.6 CNY per km) and buses also (1 or 2 CNY) and ice cream is tasty and costs just 1 CNY
6) on wednesday and sunday there are only morning training so you have time for sightseeings, you can even miss the training (nobody force you to attend all the trainings) and have a day trip (I went to Cangyan Mountain, really great place to visit)
7) there are two shops with table tennis stuff near the base (just 5-10 minutes on foot), prices varies, ask for a discount (sometimes you can get 10-30% discount but not for everything). you can buy a bat and paddles there and ask to glue your new racket :)
8) I recommend also to try chinese massage (5-10 minutes from the base), 30-45 CNY
9) wi-fi is not stable and it's worse on the upper floors (when peolpe are on trainings or early in the morning it works quite good to surf the internet)
10) Shijiazhuang is about 400 km far from Beijing, the best way is to take a train (fast train from Beijing west to Shijiazhuang will take about 1,5 hour), but all trains may be sold out (so it's better to buy tickets in advance)

If you don't know chinese language I recommend you to save the names of all the necessary places in local language (Zhengding Table Tennis Training Base, Beijing Airport, Beijing West railway station etc.), thanks tripadvisors it has this function (Name/address in local language).
Written September 4, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeff15147
Oakmont, PA30 contributions
Great table tennis experience!
Jun 2015 • Solo
ZDTTB is where the Chinese National Team trained for the Beijing Olympics. It's got a hotel, three gyms with maybe 100 tables, a huge fitness room, a couple of pool tables, and a cafeteria.

First, some words of caution: this is not an American style resort by any stretch. The accommodations are very good by Chinese standards, but if you expect American food and hospitality you will be very disappointed and probably very unhappy. China is a wonderful country but their standards for customer service and general neatness are very different from in the U.S. The key to enjoying ZTTTB is to go with a really flexible attitude. Think of it as a camping trip and you'll be really happy with what you get! Expect a four star hotel and you'll be miserable.

You should expect to work really hard every day in a hot and humid gym (in summer of course), sleep on a hard bed, eat ordinary Chinese food every day, and never have an English language conversation with anyone.

So why go? Go for the table tennis and you won't regret it. The level of play here is awesome. The kids at the base are some of the best young players in the country, and any one of them could probably tear up your local club.

The daily schedule is pretty simple. Breakfast is at 7:30. The morning training session runs from 8:30 till around 11:00, consisting of 15 minutes of jogging and stretching followed by intensive multiball drills. Lunch is at 11:30, then everyone gets a long break for walking around the neighborhood, napping, playing pool, working out, or just hanging out. The afternoon session runs 2:30 till about 5:00, starting with the same 15 minute warmup but then focusing more on single ball drills. Dinner is at 5:30. The rest of the evening is open. The gym is available for practice and pickup games, but the town of Zhending is right outside the centers gates and is utterly fascinating.

My routine was to eat breakfast at the center but get my other meals in the neighborhood. A big plate of steamed dumplings and a cold beer costs $3 at a local eatery, and a fancy (again, by local standards) dinner might be $10 or $12.

The neighborhood around the base is an endless source of amazement. Zhending is an ancient district settled 5,000 years ago. Just around the block is a traditional street market that looks the same as it must have during the Ming Dynasty. And all around the neighborhood are ancient temples and other remnants of the past, some carefully restored and some just crumbling ruins.

My favorite local tourist experience was the Military Amusement Park (no, I'm not kidding, that's really the name). Entrance fee is a few bucks. The main building, a museum, is just a random collection of rusting weapons and little green plastic army men in various arrangements. But around the back is a theme-park style ride where you get into a rattling open cart that rumbles slowly along a track while you get to shoot at targets with a real paintball gun. Not something you’d get a chance to do in an American theme park, and just the thing for unwinding after a day of training.

A mile or so away is the town's movie theater that usually shows one film in English. And an hour's taxi ride ($16 fare) gets you to downtown Shijiazhuang’s Western style restaurants and clubs.

You can also take a day off and go to Cangyan Mountain, an incredible mountainside temple complex where the final scenes in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon were filmed.

Although the base is certainly willing to accept short term visitors like me, it’s really geared towards longer stays. The Chinese kids are here for years, and most of the foreign players also come to train for a year. As a result there isn’t much focus on intensive hands-on instruction like you’d see in a one or two day clinic in America. Instead, they learn by practicing the same things day after day with only minimal involvement from coaching staff.

So if you’re only here for a week or two, it’s best to arrange private coaching. Otherwise you'll be placed in the general pool of players according to your skill level. This is certainly challenging but after a couple of days you'll probably wish you had some actual instruction. I can't say how much a coach costs, as there are no posted rates and I've heard prices ranging from $15/day to $40/hour. So like everything else in China, make sure you know the price in advance!

The cost for a stay at ZDTTB, by the way, is very cheap. If you book direct instead of going through an agency, the complete package of room, board and full participation in the program is just $40 or $60 per day depending on the accommodation. I’d strongly recommend the more expensive option which puts you in the nicer wing of the hotel. It’s well worth the extra few bucks.

Also, try to learn some Mandarin, even if it's just a bit. It's a very difficult language for an English speaker to master, but your visit will go much better if you can count, tell time, and can say a few common words and phrases.

But no matter how long you study, you won’t be able to understand the speech of the local people. Chinese is difficult to understand as it is, and the local accent makes it just about impossible. I studied Mandarin for three years in the U.S. and still could not understand an ordinary conversation on the streets of Zhengding.

Technology to the rescue, though. I’ve become a regular user of SayHi, the realtime translation app for the iPhone. I’ve used it every day to order meals, buy train tickets, talk with taxi drivers, and communicate with my coach.

As the other reviewers mentioned, DO NOT use the CNTTC travel agency. Email the base directly. I worked with a very nice person named Julie (zdtttb@hotmail.com). She sent me an invitation, I got a visa, and I was good to go.
Written June 13, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bmc1
Harrogate, UK183 contributions
on't be cheated by the middleman. Poor organisation imo
Dec 2013 • Family
Fully agree with Mark S, do not book with cntttc. We did the same mistake the first time we went a few years back. Double the price and cheeky request for whiskey..

If you are interested book directly with the base. Emma was the main contact who helped us last year.

Basically, for the accommodation there are 2 choices, budget is a real basic one, although with air con, tv and wired internet, the bathroom is poor (very poor, the hot water only comes on on certain hours of the day and that itself was erratic!) and the basic cleaning is poor.

The better accommodation is a little better but the maintenance is again poor, cleaning again poor. We had problems with blocked and overflowing toilets, noisy fridges, insect bites , etc the maintenance people do come but do a "bodge" job. The cleaning staff although welcoming are only doing what they have been trained to do Chinese standards.

The table tennis training is what we have come for is good. Remember you might be thinking that you paid your money think that you are going to be trained, well you are wrong, you basically join their existing training schedule with the many kids groups. What level you are you will be put into the group according to your skill, technique. if you have poor technique you will be put in the lower baby group. Don't think this is bad the babies are awesome! What you get out of this is what you put in that meaning you do the drills, like everyone else...

Yes the coaches can't speak English but one does understand their methods and they look at your attitude and work ethic too eg if multiballing and it is not your turn you are expected to pick up the balls (loads around) wtih zest and speed. If you don't the coaches will automatically not warm to you!

Oh yes...What ever standard you are from the west they will have people/kids that can beat you!

Food yes it is Chinese.... we are in China! but they do try to put on some Western food, chips,m chicken nuggets(cold) spaghetti etc it is ok and they do try to make something that you would like. PS there is KFC 15 mins walk away so that was a relief.

Like everywhere in China if you want more than the basic you have to pay more. this is direct to the coach, then you get "special" attention.

Staff there really are trying to help but I can't help thinking that they are poorly trained and managed.

They need IMO
1)a hotel trained manager to look after the upkeep of the accommodation.
2) Get their website sorted so that people can contact them directly.
3) Get their accommodation up to a reasonable standard and maintain it.
Written November 26, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Will Z
Ankeny, IA1,121 contributions
The cradle of world Champions
May 2014 • Friends
I came to the training base in May as a visitor rather than a trainee or a trainee's family member. This is a place that I had been longing to be at, and I finally met a world-class coach there.

The training hall is so huge that it had accommodated over 16 ping pong tables, and as many as 30-50 young players were playing. I suspected that there was any air circulation in the hall which could disturb the natural flow of balls back and forth.

While in the hall, I had a chance to play with a girl of 12 from India. Yes, I tried my best playing, but I felt as my proficiency level of playing were like a 12-year-old and hers was my age.

I chatted with several other boys and girls around 10, who told me that they were all from India. In the yard outside the training hall were several adults waiting who looked like their parents.
Written August 7, 2014
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BrownieBern
Bern65 contributions
Good experience. Lodging and meals OK for the price.
Oct 2012 • Family
My 16 years old son is a passionate table tennis player and we decided to spend 15 days in China so that he could practice in the country where they play the best table tennis in the world. That is how I got to know the official site of cntttc and asked for information. Later on I found the other two reviews (until now) about cntttc in Tripadvisor and was discouraged to go there. Nevertheless, I got into touch with zdtttb, which is exactly the same but with no middleman (thank you, Mark S.) and exchanged some e-mails with "Emma". In the end, we spent 13 days at the base and we are happy we went there. Here some facts, pros and contras.

PRICE- We paid 60 dollars a day pro person. This included lodging, three meals a day and training (also so much mineral water as you can drink). If you book through cntttc and not directly with zdtttb@yahoo.com.cn, it would cost 100 dollars a day (!!!). No need to pay any money in advance but you have to take the dollars cash (with "new" notes so that they can take the money to the bank). Anyway, Emma will answer every previous question you have, no matter how many e-mails you write. If you want transfer from Beijing to the Base in ZhengDing, it costs 1600 Yuans (about 260 dollars), one way (it takes more than three hours to get there) but you can also go by train (very cheap for western standards).

LODGING- This is China. Is it the equivalent to a 3 star hotel? Well, in our opinion, the rooms at the "new" hotel are quite OK. We have been there in the beginning of October, so it was not so hot. Anyway, you have air conditioning, a little fridge (a bit noisy but we disconnected it at nights), a washing machine (no need to take so many T-shirts, they provide you with the washing powder for free), TV, Internet (no problem with e-mails or Skype but no Facebook or Youtube in China unless you get the appropriate software, for example VPN). The room was much better than we expected after having read the other two reviews (and we are Swiss ;-)

MEALS - Again, this is China. It is true that the meals were a bit repetitive (always Chinese food), but it is a fact that every time you have five or six different things to eat and nobody tells you that you have to eat from everything every time. We foreigners (or special guests, as you prefer) ate on our own at the dining room (we were only four at the time) and we had the feeling the people cooking there tried their best to please us. If you are picky about meals (you need dairy products or you expect a steak or something like that) you will have a problem. But the meals contain everything that is necessary to be properly nourished. It is also true that we stayed only two weeks and we like Chinese food (but the first thing we ate on our coming back in Switzerland was a good Fondue).

TRAINING AND LANGUAGE - There are different levels, of course (the boys playing in the best two groups would be at the top of the ranking in Switzerland, no doubt). My son got into a group where he fitted quite OK. I am 52 years old and a beginner but I decided to take advantage of my staying there and I trained as well, partly with the small kids and partly with a coach dedicated to me (15 dollars for two training sessions a day). They train hard and we noticed how tired we were already after a couple of days. They also have a gym with lots of machines you can use any time you want. Something is clear, if you get there, you get there to practice table tennis, table tennis and table tennis. The coaches speak very little English but you get along with gestures, a couple of words and, if necessary, calling Emma to come and translate for you.

MOVING AROUND ZHENGDING - If you are interested in culture, ZhengDing offers you some interesting places but you have to get the information on the internet before you visit them because they do not have much information in English. We found our way around with a GPS, always taking care of the chaotic traffic. Taxis are cheap. Also you have to get used to be stared at when walking around since there are not many non-Chinese people in town. Pollution is a problem there.

IN SHORT, if you want to spend some time practicing table tennis, this can be your place. If you are going alone and planning to spend there more than a month, you will need to be physically and mentally strong. I do not know how things are in Summer about other guests and heat. Autumn is a good time to go (with somebody else). If you can, learn some Chinese before you get there: you'll be glad for any Chinese word you have learned.
Written October 24, 2012
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Wayward666
Moscow, Russia8 contributions
China table tennis never again
Aug 2011 • Solo
My friend said: Don't go to China they will cheat you. He was completely right. Here is my story:

I found a training center on www.cntttc.org website. I paid for 1 month training 3090 € and I was asked to bring to the bigboss two bottles of Bombay sapphire dry gin as present. Now some pro's and contras:

Pro's: I meet there some very friendly people even chinese people. Training is acceptable, players have a good level.

Contras:

- I paid for 3 star hotel room. In fact they wanted to give me a dirty hostel like room. I had pay about 300 dollars extra in order to get a better room. First I refused paying but they started to frighten me saying that they go to the judge and I cannot leave china until the judge won't decide.
- Even the better room was not well cleaned. Sometimes it was very smelly as well. Fridge was noisy, they didn't exchange it. I had to wash the towels myself. They exchanged bed sheets only once during my stay that is to say during 1 month.
- Nobody speaks english. There were some translators but they spoke very bad english. Coaches do not speak english at all thus you can't discuss anything with them.
- Food really bad and we had to eat from dirty trays. Service is annoying.
- Pollution is very high everywhere. You can smell petrol and smoke in the training room. Coaches smoke just next to the training room what I found very weird.
- Training is just nothing special. Players have good level but I think there is no big secret. We made every day the same basic topspin block exercises, multiball training and service training.

To sum up everything it was a bad decision to go there. If you want to go there then I would not recommend the agency www.cntttc.com but the hotel. They organise also the transport from the airport and you pay for the same service instead of 120 dollars only 60 per day. The website of the hotel is http://www.cttazd.com/index.html
Written July 4, 2012
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Mark S
Zhengding County, China1 contribution
Horrible Experience!!!
Jan 2012 • Solo
I am writing in to caution travellers from Europe, USA or any of the other English speaking countries who are thinking of learning to play table tennis at the CNTTTC at Hebei, China.
First of all, CNTTTC is an agent that recruits for the Zhengding training base, located in the town of Zhengding in the province of Hebei, China. The website of CNTTTC is full of lies about the services they provide. They charge upto 4 times more than what you would have to pay if you went to the Zhengding base directly. On their website, they advertise that you would be put up in a 3 star hotel like room. But in truth, what you get is a filthy, small, student hostel room for about 100 American Dollars/day. The bathrooms are never cleaned inspite of repeated requests. The food sucks!! CNTTTC's website charges you for car pick-up from and to the airport. They charge you for a driver and translator. But all of us here who came through CNTTTC paid for the car pick-up(included in the overall cost) but were transported by train and bus. the translator was never to be found. After repeated requests for a discussion on the matter, we were told(by the translator who arrived by now) that this is how it is and we could take it or leave it!!(after they took our money upfront). The testimonials on their website are all fake and some of them were dated when we we were present there(when we knew we were the only foreigners present)
As for the training itself at the zhengding base, it is good. Extra attention was given when we requested for it. The coaches made sure that focus and more practice was given on the weaknesses of the player. But you don't need CNTTTC to go there. The direct mail-id of the base is zdtttb@yahoo.com.cn. Response can be a little slow so might want to try a little ahead.
Written June 3, 2012
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