I try to get up early on several mornings, whenever I am in China. I look at the map, find the closest park (never more than a 15 minute walk) and join whatever is going on that morning. One of my favorite destinations is People's Park in Shanghai. Across from the Radisson, there is a crowd on almost every day of the week, playing music and dancing. The music selection is more Greek than Chinese. It does not matter that I am an uncoordinated dancer, the local people welcome all to participate.
I hope you get the opportunity to join me at People's Park on a Chow Fun trip soon.