Xiangqi and Chess share a common origin, so learning the rules is not so difficult, it just requires memorizing a few Chinese characters. Once you know the rules, you have an instant excuse to chat with game enthusiasts all over China, who frequently play everywhere from parks to tea houses.
Finnish Xiangqi Association (www.shakki.info) also provides free training for enthusiasts and an opportunity to participate in international tournaments. Sometimes also flight tickets and accommodation are sponsored. Opportunities to participate in tournaments are also available for beginners.