The onset of Sports in china dates back as early as the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C Among the earliest forms of sports include dragon boat racing, Cuju (a sport that was similar to football), and different forms of martial arts. Generally physical fitness was highly practiced in china.
At this early stage the sports industry was not commercialized and it was mainly played for fun and on special occasions. By the time the country was under the Western Zhou dynasty the country was actively involved in cauldron lifting and archery as means of sports. The onset and advancement of the countries sports at this time was a reflection of the war, entertainment, work and production at the time. During this time sports in china was a very important part of the Chinese popular culture and during the Qin dynasty, the Han dynasty and the three kingdoms period saw tremendous developments.